Good Hope, Georgia

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Good Hope, Georgia
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°47′13″N 83°36′35″W / 33.78694°N 83.60972°W / 33.78694; -83.60972Coordinates: 33°47′13″N 83°36′35″W / 33.78694°N 83.60972°W / 33.78694; -83.60972
Country United States
State Georgia
County Walton
 • Mayor Randy Garrett
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 797 ft (243 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 210
 • Density 116.7/sq mi (45.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30641
Area code(s) 470/678/770
FIPS code 13-33896[1]
GNIS feature ID 0314680[2]

Good Hope is a town in Walton County, Georgia, United States. The population was 210 at the 2000 census.


Good Hope is located at 33°47′13″N 83°36′35″W / 33.78694°N 83.60972°W / 33.78694; -83.60972 (33.786925, -83.609638).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.56% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 210 people, 85 households, and 66 families residing in the town. The population density was 119.2 people per square mile (46.1/km²). There were 89 housing units at an average density of 50.5 per square mile (19.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.71% White, 0.95% African American, 1.43% Native American, 0.48% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 85 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,250, and the median income for a family was $56,250. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $25,313 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,957. About 9.7% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.


How did Good Hope get its name? According to a couple of old timers, brothers Euler B. Thompson (1909–2005) and Branan G. Thompson (1912–2006), Good Hope has a rich history dating back over 200 years with a couple of different versions of its origination. One version according to Branan Thompson, had to do with the simple meaning, "Good Hope" - in times of the depression the people stood together in hope of good times to come. They had GOOD HOPE.

The more humorous version, according to Euler B. Thompson, has a bit more folklore attached. In the early days of northeastern Georgia, the nearby town of Social Circle stood as a place of social gathering for merriment including the consumption of whiskey and moonshine along with music and dancing. It was common to be sitting down at the Good Hope General Store, when passers-by on horse drawn buggy coming from the young prohibition college town of Athens, on their way to Social Circle would stop in the little town to rest. When asked about their optimism to reach the town of Social Circle, the travelers would frequently reply, " We have GOOD HOPE."


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.