Hiawassee, Georgia

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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
Coordinates: 34°56′58″N 83°45′18″W / 34.94944°N 83.75500°W / 34.94944; -83.75500Coordinates: 34°56′58″N 83°45′18″W / 34.94944°N 83.75500°W / 34.94944; -83.75500
Country United States
State Georgia
County Towns
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.6 km2)
 • Land 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation 1,972 ft (601 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 880
 • Density 367.3/sq mi (144.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30546
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-38124[1]
GNIS feature ID 0328122[2]
Hiawassee viewed from Brasstown Bald.

Hiawassee is a town in and the county seat of Towns County, Georgia, United States.[3] The population was 880 at the 2010 census. Its name comes from the Cherokee word Ayuhwasi, which means a meadow.


Settled about 1820, Hiawasee 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.[4]


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).[5]

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.[2]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 810 people, 355 households, and 203 families residing 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.


Towns County School District[edit]

The Towns County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of one elementary school, a middle school and a high school.[6] The district has 144 full-time teachers and over 2,408 students.[7]

Points of interest[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "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. 233. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  7. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 28, 2010.