Walker County map showing access to US Highway 27, Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga

It’s not difficult to
“discover your true nature”
in Walker County, Georgia, nestled beneath historic Lookout Mountain.

The county is home to the Scenic Hometown Highway (U.S. Highway 27) and two of Georgia’s top 25 tourist destinations, Rock City Gardens and part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

A variety of national and international manufacturers have operations in Walker County, Georgia including one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, Shaw Industries. Other manufacturers having a presence in Walker include General Electric’s Roper Division and Nissin Brake.

This Northwest Georgia county, which borders Tennessee, is home to the cities of Chickamauga, LaFayette, Lookout Mountain, and Rossville. In addition to manufacturing and automotive suppliers, agriculture is a top industry in Walker County, Georgia with farms occupying 30 percent of the county’s land. The county is home to more than 600 farms whose leading products are beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, and row crops.

For more information on Walker County, please visit their local development authority’s website at walkergada.us

People
Demographics
Population 68,609
Population change 2010 to 2017 +0.26%
Age
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2017 5.6%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2017 22.3%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2017 17.6%
Gender
Female persons, percent, 2017 50.6%
Male persons, percent, 2017 49.4%
Race
White, percent, 2017 92.3%
Black or African American, percent, 2017 4.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native, percent, 2017 0.1%
Asian, percent, 2017 0.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2017 0.0%
Two or More Races, percent, 2017 2.0%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 2.0%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2017 91.4%
Education
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 81.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+ 15.5%
Commuting
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 28.4
Homeownership & Income
Homeownership rate, 2017 72.3%
Households, 2017 25,564
Per capita money income in past 12 months, 2017 $22,564
Median household income, 2017 $43,581
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2017 $111,100
Labor
Labor Force 31,560
Employed 30,338
Unemployed 1,222
Unemployment Rate 3.9%
Average Goods Producing Weekly Wage $744
Average Service Providing Weekly Wage $547

Sources: USDOL - Bureau of Labor Statistics October 2018 (not seasonally adjusted; Georgia DOL County Labor Profiles 2017; U.S. Census Bureau