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

Phone: 706-745-4500 Fax: 706-745-1859
Saturday - Jul 13, 2024

Grow, Build, Flourish in Blairsville and Union County

Blairsville, Georgia, is a dynamic and growing community. From 1990 to 2020, 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 2020 2030
Union County 11,993 17,289 21,083 24,632 27,323
Union County
Labor Shed
89,488 120,439 150,650 163,798 176,852
Georgia 3.3 million 8.1 million 9.7 million 10.8 million 11.7 million
United States 248.7 million 281.4 million 308.7 million 331.9 million 355.1 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2020; 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 3.6 12.9 38.7 28.5 16.3
Fannin 3.7 13.4 33.2 36.1 13.6
Lumpkin 4.3 20.0 43.7 23.8 8.2
Towns 3.4 12.3 36.5 29.1 18.7
White 4.9 16.7 39.7 26.3 12.4
Cherokee County, NC 4.1 13.4 41.2 27.2 14.1
Clay County, NC 4.5 13.7 37.9 28.5 15.4
Georgia 5.7 19.3 53.0 15.5 6.5
United States 5.5 18.8 51.9 16.7 7.1

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2022, ACS 5 Year Estimates Data Profiles; Esri 2024. 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+
XX
10.8
5.2
16.2
44.3
29.5
42.7
33.6
7.7
9.8
Fannin Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
11.0
4.1
13.7
27.0
29.6
51.9
35.7
17.0
10.1
Lumpkin Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
14.2
4.4
19.8
57.2
25.1
32.2
30.5
6.2
10.4
Towns Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
14.7
7.7
19.0
51.6
31.4
28.1
28.6
12.6
6.4
White Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
10.8
5.1
14.0
35.6
30.3
44.4
32.9
14.9
12.0
Cherokee
County, NC
Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
8.6
7.4
17.4
38.1
32.6
38.9
34.1
15.6
7.4
Clay
County, NC
Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
12.1
0.0
19.6
42.0
33.4
34.5
25.1
23.5
9.7
Georgia Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
14.2
11.9
21.2
37.8
27.2
36.1
27.9
14.1
9.4
United States Ages 18-24
Ages 25+
XX
14.0
13.4
21.6
39.6
27.9
35.4
26.1
11.6
10.4

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2022, ACS 5-year Estimates; Esri 2024. 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
2020 $30,885 $31,067 $34,103
2024 $43,978 $38,378 $41,804

Source: 2022: ACS 5-Year Estimates; Esri 2024

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
2020 $49,703 $58,700 $62,843
2024 $68,499 $72,837 $74,755

Source: 2022: ACS 1-Year Estimates; 2024 Esri

Cost of Living 2023
Cost Index* Union County Georgia U.S.
Overall 88.3 94.5 100
Grocery 96 95.5 100
Health 101.9 99.8 100
Housing 83.5 82.4 100
Utilities 99.5 103.2 100
Transportation 73.5 105.1 100
Miscellaneous 86.6 83.8 100

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.