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).

Population 24,880
Population change 2010 to 2017 -4.8%
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2017 5.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2017 22.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2017 16.6%
Female persons, percent, 2017 48.8%
Male persons, percent, 2017 51.2%
White, percent, 2017 87.0%
Black or African American, percent, 2017 10.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2017 0.1%
Asian, percent, 2017 0.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2017 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent, 2017 1.4%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 4.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 83.1%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 73.0%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 10.1%
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 25.2
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2017 65.7%
Households, 2017 9,253
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2017 $17,716
Median household income, 2017 $35,718
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2017 $68,500
Labor Force 10,615
Employed 10,160
Unemployed 455
Unemployment Rate 4.3%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $679
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $507

Sources: USDOL Bureau of Labor Statistics October 2018; Georgia Department of Labor Area Labor Profile 2017; U.S. Census Bureau