Hartwell, Georgia

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Hartwell, Georgia
Location in Hart County and the state of Georgia
Location in Hart County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°21′10″N 82°55′52″W / 34.35278°N 82.93111°W / 34.35278; -82.93111Coordinates: 34°21′10″N 82°55′52″W / 34.35278°N 82.93111°W / 34.35278; -82.93111
Country United States
State Georgia
County Hart
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,469
 • Density 910.4/sq mi (349/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30643
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-37144[1]
GNIS feature ID 0331924[2]

Hartwell is a city in Hart County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,469 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Hart County.[3]


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.[4]


Hartwell is located at 34°21′10″N 82°55′52″W / 34.35278°N 82.93111°W / 34.35278; -82.93111 (34.352738, -82.931161).[5] It sits upon the southern border of Lake Hartwell, which acquired its name from the city.

Hartwell is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and lies 78 miles from Georgia's highest peak Brasstown Bald.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), all of it land. Hartwell is part of the Upland South region.


As of the census[1] 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[6]
Mon. Avg.
Avg. Rec.

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[edit]

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.[7] The district has 230 full-time teachers and over 3,564 students.[8]

  • Hartwell Elementary School
  • North Hart Elementary School
  • South Hart Elementary School
  • Hart County Middle School
  • Hart County High School
  • Hart County Academy

Notable residents[edit]


  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 232. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ [1] The Weather Channel. Retrieved on 2007-07-23.
  7. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  8. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 19, 2010.