Location in Hart County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||4.6 sq mi (12 km2)|
|• Land||4.6 sq mi (12 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||801 ft (244 m)|
|• Density||910.4/sq mi (349/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0331924|
Hartwell was founded in 1854 as seat of the newly formed Hart County. It was incorporated as a town in 1856 and as a city in 1904. The town was named for Revolutionary War figure Nancy Morgan Hart.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,469 people. There were 2,266 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 61.33% White, 34.53% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.07% of the population.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,128 and the median income for a family was $45,909. The per capita income for the city was $18,937. About 15.4% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 20.6% of those age 65 or over.
|Monthly normal and record high and low temperatures|
|Jan||53 °F||31 °F||41 °F||81 °F||-5 °F|
|Feb||58 °F||35 °F||47 °F||80 °F||4 °F|
|Mar||65 °F||40 °F||53 °F||88 °F||5 °F|
|Apr||73 °F||49 °F||61 °F||94 °F||24 °F|
|May||81 °F||58 °F||70 °F||100 °F||33 °F|
|Jun||88 °F||67 °F||78 °F||106 °F||42 °F|
|Jul||91 °F||71 °F||81 °F||108 °F||53 °F|
|Aug||90 °F||70 °F||80 °F||106 °F||52 °F|
|Sep||83 °F||63 °F||73 °F||102 °F||34 °F|
|Oct||74 °F||51 °F||63 °F||98 °F||25 °F|
|Nov||65 °F||41 °F||53 °F||88 °F||11 °F|
|Dec||55 °F||33 °F||44 °F||80 °F||2 °F|
Hartwell is located in the humid subtropical climate zone of the Southeastern United States. It is in the Piedmont Plateau region, along the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountains, at an elevation just above 800 feet. Due to some of the highest of elevations in the Appalachians being between Hartwell and Canada, this allows for slightly warmer conditions than areas further south such as Atlanta. One exception to this rule is called the "wedge" or cold air damming. This is due to a large high pressure system in eastern Canada driving colder drier air down against the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountain range. When this phenomenon is joined by gulf moisture, it frequently causes ice storm or freezing rain in the region. This same geographical feature can also cause frequent drought.
Hartwell averages 51.96 inches of precipitation annually. The average snowfall is 2 inches, although more can fall, and it is just as likely to have no measurable snowfall in any given year. The Storm of the Century (1993) brought 6 inches of snow to the area.
Hart County School District
The Hart County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an academy school. The district has 230 full-time teachers and over 3,564 students.
- Hartwell Elementary School
- North Hart Elementary School
- South Hart Elementary School
- Hart County Middle School
- Hart County High School
- Hart County Academy
- Donald Burdick - Retired United States Army Major General and Director of the Army National Guard, lives in Hartwell.
- Mike Hubbard - the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, is a Hartwell native.
- Jonathan Kelly - RN (CCRN) at the University of North Carolina Hospital, is from Hartwell.
- Roman Kelly - RN at the University of North Carolina Hospital, is from Hartwell.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 232. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
-  The Weather Channel. Retrieved on 2007-07-23.
- Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- School Stats, Retrieved June 19, 2010.