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Hiawassee, Georgia
Towns County Courthouse in Hiawassee
Towns County Courthouse in Hiawassee
Location in Towns County and the state of Georgia
Location in Towns County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Towns
 • Total 2.08 sq mi (5.38 km2)
 • Land 1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Water 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
1,972 ft (601 m)
 • Total 981
 • Density 602.21/sq mi (232.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 706 Exchanges: 435,896
FIPS code 13-38124
GNIS feature ID 0328122
Hiawassee, Georgia viewed from Brasstown Bald
Hiawassee viewed from Brasstown Bald.

Hiawassee is the county seat of Towns County, Georgia, United States. The community's population was 880 at the 2010 census. Its name is derived from the Cherokee—or perhaps Creek—word Ayuhwasi, which means meadow, (A variant spelling, "Hiwassee," is used for the local river and some other Appalachian place names.) Hiawassee is also known in the novel "Restart" by Gordon Korman.


Settled circa 1820, Hiawassee was designated seat of the newly formed Towns County in 1856. It was incorporated as a town in 1870 and as a city in 1916 But the city of Hiawassee was named after a Native American princess.


Hiawassee is located on the Hiwassee River at 34°56′58″N 83°45′18″W / 34.94944°N 83.75500°W / 34.94944; -83.75500 (34.949428, -83.755078).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (21.86%) is water.

Hiawassee is approximately 2000 feet (609 m) above sea level.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 104
1910 226
1920 146 −35.4%
1930 169 15.8%
1940 163 −3.6%
1950 375 130.1%
1960 455 21.3%
1970 415 −8.8%
1980 491 18.3%
1990 547 11.4%
2000 808 47.7%
2010 880 8.9%
2020 981 11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 880 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 0.3% Black, 0.1% Native American, 1.3% Asian and 0.3% from two or more races. 2.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 810 people, 355 households, and 203 families living in the town. The population density was 479.5 people per square mile (184.6/km2). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 312.7 per square mile (120.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.40% White, 0.25% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.61% of the population.

There were 355 households, out of which 14.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.39.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 10.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 13.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 46.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62 years. For every 100 females, there were 70.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 65.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,615, and the median income for a family was $31,458. Males had a median income of $28,929 versus $22,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,957. About 12.6% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden
  • Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
  • Lake Chatuge


Towns County School District

The Towns County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The district has 144 full-time teachers and over 2,408 students.

  • Towns County Elementary School
  • Towns County Middle School
  • Towns County High School
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