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129 County Recreation Road, Suite 200
P.O. Box 801 • Blairsville, GA 30514

Phone: 706-745-4500 Fax: 706-745-1859
Saturday - May 30, 2020

Grow, Build, Flourish in Blairsville and Union County

Blairsville, Georgia, is a dynamic and growing community. From 1990 to 2018, Union County’s population more
than doubled, primarily from in-migration. The labor force, employment and personal income levels have risen
steadily over the past 30 years while the cost of living has remained low.
 

Population & Projections
  1990 2000 2010 2018 2030
Union County 11,993 17,289 21,083 24,001 27,323
Union County
Labor Shed
89,488 120,439 150,650 164,264 176,852
Georgia 3.3 million 8.1 million 9.7 million 10.5 million 11.7 million
United States 248.7 million 281.4 million 308.7 million 327.2 million 355.1 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017, 2018; may not equal 100% due to rounding

Population by Age (%)
County Age
<5
Ages
5-19
Ages
20-59
Ages
60-74
Age
75
Union 4.1 14.1 40.6 28.2 13.0
Fannin 4.0 14.7 43.9 26.6 10.8
Lumpkin 4.3 19.8 52.3 17.5 6.1
Towns 3.4 14.7 41.4 25.0 15.4
White 4.3 18.7 49.5 19.2 8.5
Cherokee County, NC 4.1 15.2 43.1 26.7 10.9
Clay County, NC 3.7 15.2 42.1 27.4 11.5
Georgia 6.1 20.7 53.4 14.3 5.4
United States 6.0 19.2 52.5 15.6 6.7

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2018; ACS 5 Year Estimates Data Profiles. May not equal 100% due to rounding

Population by Educational Attainment (%)
County   Graduate
Degree
Bachelor’s
Degree
Associates or
Some College
High School
Diploma
Less than High
School Graduate
Union Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
10.8
11.8
12.0
27.5
32.4
31.0
34.2
28.9
11.0
Fannin Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
8.0
4.7
13.3
39.1
31.2
35.2
34.3
21.1
13.3
Lumpkin Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0
10.9
4.9
15.3
59.2
28.3
28.6
29.2
7.3
16.3
Towns Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
10.3
8.5
15.9
59.5
32.2
21.8
30.8
10.2
10.8
White Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
8.2
4.3
13.1
39.3
32.2
36.5
31.6
20.0
14.9
Cherokee
County, NC
Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
8.4
5.1
10.8
28.6
32.4
51.0
34.6
15.2
13.7
Clay
County, NC
Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
9.2
0.0
13.6
32.3
31.5
31.2
34.2
36.6
11.5
Georgia Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
12.3
10.1
19.5
42.0
27.9
32.6
27.8
15.3
12.4
United States Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
0.0
12.6
11.6
20.0
43.9
28.9
32.0
26.9
12.5
11.7

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2018; ACS 5-year Estimates, Educational & Entertainment. May not equal 100% due to rounding

Per Capita Income
Year Union County Georgia U.S.
1990 $10,975 $17,121 $19,591
2000 $18,845 $21,154 $30,602
2010 $24,182 $25,134 $40,278
2018 $27,282 $31,187 $33,831

Source: 2018: ACS 1-Year Estimates

Median Household Income
Year Union County Georgia U.S.
1990 $20,275 $27,561 $29,943
2000 $31,893 $41,901 $41,990
2010 $41,298 $44,117 $49,276
2018 $44,978 $58,756 $61,937

Source: 2018: ACS 1-Year Estimates

Cost of Living 2020
Cost Index* Union County Georgia U.S.
Overall 90.5 93.4 100
Grocery 96 95.5 100
Health 109.7 95.5 100
Housing 86.5 80.7 100
Utilities 99.5 103.2 100
Transportation 73.5 105.1 100
Miscellaneous 96.6 94.8 100

Source: BestPlaces.net
*Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Union County is cheaper than the US average.