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Ball Ground, Georgia
Ball Ground Historic District
Ball Ground Historic District
“Where we roll out the red carpet, not the red tape"
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Georgia
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Georgia
Ball Ground, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Ball Ground, Georgia
Ball Ground, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Ball Ground, Georgia is located in the United States
Ball Ground, Georgia
Ball Ground, Georgia
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Georgia
County Cherokee
 • Total 6.35 sq mi (16.44 km2)
 • Land 6.31 sq mi (16.34 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
1,102 ft (336 m)
 • Total 2,560
 • Density 405.71/sq mi (156.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 770/678/470
FIPS code 13-05036
GNIS feature ID 0354443

Ball Ground is a city in Cherokee County, Georgia, United States. Settled many years before being incorporated on January 1, 1882, the 2010 census shows the city had a population of 1,433, nearly doubling between 2000 and 2010.


Some records indicate Ball Ground was originally named Battle Ground on early maps. The town is located near fields that the Cherokee people used to play stick ball, a rough game similar to modern lacrosse. The large fields and abundance of freshwater streams made Ball Ground an alluring place for the large gatherings of Native Americans because the ball game required large, flat fields, and there were plenty of natural resources to support large groups of people. When settlers entered the area, the streams and fields attracted farmers, who dammed up creeks to create numerous man-made ponds and lakes. Most ponds and lakes still exist today, and Ball Ground still has a predominantly agriculture-based economy.

The community was incorporated on January 1, 1882, the same year that the railroad came through. Before that date, the community consisted of two country stores and a few dwellings. After the railroad's arrival, the town grew as a result of the marble-working industry.

2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the east of the town, near the confluence of Long Swamp Creek and the Etowah River, is the traditional site of the Battle of Taliwa, the most decisive battle of the war between Cherokee and Creek Indians in the 18th century. Cherokee history tells that the conflict over territory was determined by a stickball game here.

Tropical Storm Lee

On September 5, 2011, due to Tropical Storm Lee, an EF1 tornado caused damage throughout the city's business and residential areas. No deaths or serious injuries were reported. Striking much of Cherokee County, including Woodstock, Holly Springs and Canton, the storms cut a 24-mile (39 km) path. Electricity was restored after two days, and residents continued clean-up for numerous days.

American Made in "Y'all-ywood"

Locals pose with movie star Jesse Plemons during filming
Locals pose with movie star Jesse Plemons during filming
2016.05 MAY (77)
Baseball Field temporarily titled for the movie


Ball Ground Georgia City Hall
Ball Ground city hall

Ball Ground is located in northeastern Cherokee County, just north of Canton and south of Nelson. Ball Ground is along Interstate 575, with access from Exit 27, 4 miles (6 km) south of the highway's northern terminus, and 48 miles (77 km) north of Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15.1 km2), of which 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 0.50%, is water. The city's elevation averages around 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level, ranging from just over 1,000 feet (300 m) in the valleys to around 1,200 feet (370 m) on several hilltops within the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 296
1900 302 2.0%
1910 443 46.7%
1920 809 82.6%
1930 706 −12.7%
1940 711 0.7%
1950 700 −1.5%
1960 707 1.0%
1970 617 −12.7%
1980 640 3.7%
1990 905 41.4%
2000 730 −19.3%
2010 1,433 96.3%
2020 2,560 78.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Ball Ground racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,300 89.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 21 0.82%
Native American 7 0.27%
Asian 6 0.23%
Other/Mixed 104 4.06%
Hispanic or Latino 122 4.77%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,560 people, 804 households, and 626 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,433 people, 601 households, and 532 families residing in the city. The population density was 589.1 people per square mile (227.3/km2). There were 601 housing units at an average density of 92.8 persons/km2 (240.5 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.7% African American, and 0.3% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 601 households, out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,875, and the median income for a family was $51,429. Males had a median income of $39,125 versus $27,361 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,147. About 6.7% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Average house value in Ball Ground area was $157,923.22. Average yearly wages paid by businesses in Ball Ground area was $31,227.00. Average number of people employed by businesses in Ball Ground area was 10.1.



The Cherokee County Airport is located between Ball Ground and Canton.

Interstate 575 goes through Cobb and Cherokee counties, skirting the west edge of Ball Ground, ending just north of Ball Ground. Georgia State Route 5 (Ball Ground highway) runs parallel and just to the east of I-575, into Ball Ground from the southwest. Georgia State Route 372 (Ball Ground Rd) runs through Ball Ground from the southeast, through the center of town, northward, merging at the terminus of I-575 to become Georgia State Route 515 northward.


Education in Ball Ground is run by the Cherokee County government and the Georgia state government. Ball Ground's elementary aged children are served by the Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy.

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