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Known for being the longtime home of folk artist and country philosopher Howard Finster

and for being the place where famed Cherokee Indian Sequoyah developed a written alphabet for the Cherokee language, Chattooga County, Georgia borders the state of Alabama.

Another notable resident is attorney
Bobby Lee Cook, who served as a judge,
a state senator from 1957-58, and a
member of Georgia House of
Representatives from 1949-50.

The county is home to the cities of Lyerly, Menlo, Summerville and Trion. Summerville is its county seat.

Mohawk floor coverings and Mount Vernon Mills apparel are represented in Chattooga County. In fact, Mount Vernon Mills is considered the “oldest continuously
operating manufacturing plant in the Southeast,” according to Jeff Mullis of Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority (Site Selection magazine View
from the Top May 2013).

People
Demographics
Population 24,922
Population change 2010 to 2015 -4.2%
Age
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2015 5.6%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2015 22.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2015 16.6%
Gender
Female persons, percent, 2015 48.8%
Male persons, percent, 2015 51.2%
Race
White alone, percent, 2015 (a) 86.7%
Black or African American alone, percent, 2015 (a) 10.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2015 (a) 0.4%
Asian alone, percent, 2015 (a) 0.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2015 (a) 0.3%
Two or More Races, percent, 2015 1.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2015 (b) 5.0%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2015 82.6%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 70.7%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 8.8%
Commuting
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 24.3
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2010-2015 66.6%
Households, 2010-2015 10,863
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2010-2015 $16,333
Median household income, 2010-2015 $32,913
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2010-2015 $63,900
Labor
Labor Force 10,393
Employed 9,749
Unemployed 644
Unemployment Rate 6.2%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $693
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $502

Sources: Georgia Department of Labor Area Labor Profile 2015; U.S. Census Bureau