Union County GA Facts and Helpful Numbers

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Union County Facts
Union County, the 88th county formed in Georgia, was created in 1832 from the Cherokee Indian territory. Union County was not named for its support of the North in the Civil War. The county received its name from a then emerging political party called the "Union Party" that was in existence 28 years before the Civil War started.


The county seat of Union County is Blairsville, which is the only incorporated community in the county. Blairsville was named for Captain James Blair, a negotiater with the Indians.

The county is rich in Indian lore. Of particular note was a battle between Creek and Cherokee Indians near Blairsville, the site of which was given the name of Slaughter Gap.

The area increasingly has become a recreational destination since the Tennessee Valley Authority created Nottely Lake on the Nottely River; and the development of Vogel State Park, a popular vacation facility.

Much of Union County lies within the Chattahoochee National Forest and, thus, is under Federal ownership.

Georgia's highest point, Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet, is in Union County. An observation platform offers a spectacular view of the surrounding Smoky Mountains.

The festivals in the county include the Sorghum Festival in October and the Indian Summer Festival.

Information provided by Union County Chamber of Commerce

Union County: 19,000 (2002) estimate)
Blairsville: 670

County Information:
Union County Acreage, 204,736 (97,843 acres within Chattahoochee National Forest).
Lake Nottely - 4,180 acre body of water (Managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority).
Shoreline on Lake Nottely is 106 miles.

Union County had 10,001 housing units in 2000, with a home ownership rate of 82.3%,
well above the state average of 67.5%. In 2000, 401 housing units were authorized by
building permits. The county averages close to 500 new units a year.

County Elevation Range:
1,600-4,784 feet - Blairsville Elevation: 1,900 feet

Demographics (Averages):
High Temperature
- July:84F; Low Temperature - January:25F; Annual Rainfall - 65 inches;
Annual Snowfall
- 3 inches.

Employment and Industry:

  • Union County lists 50 manufacturing firms employing, 1,028, the largest being Aviagen,
    a poultry breeder, employing 156.
  • Tourism has an annual economic impact of $37 million, supporting 23 businesses and
    541 jobs (fiscal year 2001).
  • The largest non-manufacturing employers in the Union County area are: Union County Schools,
    300; United Community Banks Inc., 290; Global Employment Solutions, Inc., 168; Brasstown
    Valley Resort, 150; Union County Government, 150; Home Depot, 150;
    Union General Hospital, 145; Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, 145.

Union County's unemployment rate in March was 3.2%, compared to 4.6% for the state, tying
Union County for 17th lowest in Georgia.

The Union County Public School System operates five schools and is the fiscal agent for the
Union County Head Start Program and Pre-Kindergarten Program.
400 certified and classified; 70% of the 210 certified staff hold advanced degrees; 26% have
Master's Degrees; 37% have Educational Specialist Degrees and 1% have Doctorate Degrees.
A new middle school building was completed in 1992 and a new $11 million High School opened in
2002. Woody Gap school was renovated in 2000.
All Union County schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and
by the Georgia Accrediting Commission.
More information:
Please call the Union County Board of Education at (706) 745-2322 or

Worth Noting:
Last year's county-wide third-grade class finished first in the state in the Stanford Achievement Test
(reading and math), which compares student scores in third, fifth and eight grades to students
nationwide. Union County's children finished in a tie with third graders from Fayette County.

Higher Education:
North Georgia Technical College, Blairsville,; Young Harris College (9 miles from Blairsville);
North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega (30 miles); Brenau University,
Gainesville (55 miles); Gainesville College (55 miles)

Hospital Information:
Union General Hospital (UGH), one of the top-rated rural hospitals in the state, and was named
Georgia Rural Hospital of the Year in 2001 and Small Hospital of the Year in 2000. Among the
wide range of services offered: chronic dialysis clinic, 147-bed nursing home, and a new cancer
treatment center.
More Information:
Union General Hospital (706) 745-2111 or www.uniongeneralhospital.com; Union County Nursing
Home (706) 745-4948- the Nursing home is included in the Union County General Hospital website;
Cancer Treatment Center (706) 835-3030; and the Union County Dialysis Center (706) 835-1925.

Utilities and Other Services

Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
P.O. Box 9, Young Harris, GA 30582
(706) 379-3121


Telephone & Cable TV
Alltel (Customer Service) - 811
231 Highway 515 Blairsville, GA 30512
Outside Service Area (800) 251-6412

City of Blairsville (7060 745-2000
Notla Water Authority (706) 745-4598
Coosa Water Authority (706) 745-6773

LP Gas
Available through several private companies

Provided by city within city limits and by septic tanks in the county

Trash Service
Transfer and Recycle Station located on Deep South Farm Road. For hours of operation and for more information call (706) 439-6102.
Private companies are available for trash pick-up for a monthly fee.

Union County Building Permit Office
(Located in the U.C. Health Department)
55 Hughes Street, Suite B Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 439-6039
Burn Permits (GA. Forestry)
(706) 745-2186

Blairsville Municipal Airport
2223 Airport Road Blairsville, GA
(706) 745-4307
An airport expansion will increase the 3,800 foot runway to 5,500 feet.

Public Transportation
Union County Transportation Service
41 Hospital St., Blairsville, GA 30512
For hours of Operation and Pick-Up Call:
(706) 439-6050

Union County Commissioner

114 Courthouse St. Box 1 Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 439-6000
Blairsville Mayor
City Hall
P.O. Box 307 Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 745-2000

Tax Information

Sales Tax
State: 4%
Local: 3% (includes 1% SPLOST)
Union County has a 1% special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). The money from this tax is used for the county jail, roads, streets and bridge improvements.


Property Tax
40% times Fair Market Value; equals assessed value times millage equals property taxes. Real and personal property taxes are levied byt he city, county and state. Rates set at the local level except state tax, which is fixed by Georgia law at $.25 for each $1,000 of assessed value.

Union County Taxes
Payable at the Union County Courthouse. For more information, call (706) 745-2000.

City of Blairsville Taxes
Payable at the Blairsville City Hall.
For more information, call (706) 745-2000.

State Income Taxes
Rates range from 1%-6% of taxable income. Income and deductions generally follow Federal regulations. For more information, call the Tax Commissioner's office (706) 745-6018.

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You site says the largest employer is the school system with 300 "The largest non-manufacturing employers in the Union County area are: Union County Schools, 300" yet a little further down it says there are 400 "Personnel: 400 certified and classified; 70% of the 210 certified staff hold advanced degrees; 26% have Master's Degrees; "
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