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Fannin County
Fannin County Courthouse in Blue Ridge
Fannin County Courthouse in Blue Ridge
Map of Georgia highlighting Fannin County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 1854; 170 years ago (1854)
Named for James Fannin
Seat Blue Ridge
Largest city Blue Ridge
 • Total 392 sq mi (1,020 km2)
 • Land 387 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water 5.2 sq mi (13 km2)  1.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 61/sq mi (24/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Fannin County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,682. It is one of the most rural counties in Georgia due its location in the Appalachian Mountain Range, with about 90% of the population of Fannin County living in unincorporated lands. The county seat is Blue Ridge. The county was created on January 21, 1854 and is named after James Fannin, a veteran who fought in the Texas Revolution.


Fannin County was founded in 1854. The county is named for Georgia native James W. Fannin, who fought and died during the Texas Revolution.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 392 square miles (1,020 km2), of which 387 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (1.3%) is water. It has a mountainous terrain.

The Toccoa River, which rises in adjacent Union County, flows northward across Fannin County into Tennessee, where it becomes the Ocoee River. Blue Ridge Lake, created in the 1930s by the completion of Blue Ridge Dam (now operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority), spans a substantial stretch of the river in the northern part of the county.

The vast majority of Fannin County is located in the Ocoee River sub-basin of the Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin. A very small northeastern portion of Fannin County is located in the Hiwassee River sub-basin of the same Middle Tennessee-Hiwassee basin. Illustrating that watershed boundaries and county boundaries have little in common, Fannin County's southernmost corner is located in the Etowah River sub-basin in the ACT River Basin (Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin), while two slivers of the county's southwestern area are located in the Coosawattee River sub-basin of the same larger ACT River Basin. Finally, a western portion of the county is located in the Conasauga River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Chattahoochee National Forest (part)


Major highways

  • US 76.svg U.S. Route 76
  • Georgia 2.svg State Route 2
  • Georgia 5.svg State Route 5
  • Georgia 60.svg State Route 60
  • Georgia 60 Spur.svg State Route 60 Spur
  • Georgia 515.svg State Route 515

Secondary highways

  • Old U.S. Highway 76 Also Old S.R. 2
  • Loving Road
  • Old S.R. 2
  • Aska Road
  • Madola Road
  • Lebanon Road
  • Mobile Road
  • Curtis Switch Road
  • Galloway Road
  • Doublehead Gap Road
  • Skeenah Gap Road


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 5,139
1870 5,429 5.6%
1880 7,245 33.4%
1890 8,724 20.4%
1900 11,214 28.5%
1910 12,574 12.1%
1920 12,103 −3.7%
1930 12,969 7.2%
1940 14,752 13.7%
1950 15,192 3.0%
1960 13,620 −10.3%
1970 13,357 −1.9%
1980 14,748 10.4%
1990 15,992 8.4%
2000 19,798 23.8%
2010 23,682 19.6%
2019 (est.) 26,188 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,682 people, 10,187 households, and 7,016 families living in the county. The population density was 61.2 inhabitants per square mile (23.6/km2). There were 16,207 housing units at an average density of 41.9 per square mile (16.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.1% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 18.6% were Irish, 13.3% were American, 11.5% were English, and 9.5% were German.

Of the 10,187 households, 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.1% were non-families, and 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.77. The median age was 48.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,145 and the median income for a family was $41,422. Males had a median income of $34,875 versus $27,097 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,103. About 12.2% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Fannin County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 23,351 92.23%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 85 0.34%
Native American 85 0.34%
Asian 113 0.45%
Pacific Islander 3 0.01%
Other/Mixed 929 3.67%
Hispanic or Latino 753 2.97%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 25,319 people, 10,408 households, and 7,083 families residing in the county.



Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

  • Colwell (also known as Higdon)
  • Deep Gap (also known as Due)
  • Dial
  • Fry
  • Hemptown (also known as Hemp)
  • Lakewood
  • Margret
  • Sugar Creek
  • Wilscot

See also

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