Chattooga County Map showing Menlo, Trion, Sunmmerville, and Lyerly

 

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 24,789
Population change 2010 to 2019 -4.7%
Age
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2019 6.0%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2019 22.4%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2019 17.6%
Gender
Female persons, percent, 2019 49.0%
Male persons, percent, 2019 51.0%
Race
White, percent, 2019 86.8%
Black or African American, percent, 2019 9.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2019 0.5%
Asian, percent, 2019 0.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2019 0.3%
Two or More Races, percent, 2019 2.1%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2019 5.5%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2019 82.5%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 73.1%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 9.8%
Commuting
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 25.8
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2019 65.7%
Households, 2018 9,098
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2018 $18,209
Median household income, 2018 $36,107
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2018 $69,600
Labor
Labor Force 10,307
Employed 9,795
Unemployed 512
Unemployment Rate 5.0%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $719
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $545

Sources: Georgia Department of Labor Area Labor Profile 2020; U.S. Census Bureau