Sky Valley, Georgia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sky Valley, Georgia
Street in Sky Valley
Street in Sky Valley
Location in Rabun County and the state of Georgia
Location in Rabun County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°59′10″N 83°19′29″W / 34.98611°N 83.32472°W / 34.98611; -83.32472Coordinates: 34°59′10″N 83°19′29″W / 34.98611°N 83.32472°W / 34.98611; -83.32472
Country United States
State Georgia
County Rabun
 • Total 3 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Land 3 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 3,297 ft (1,005 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 272
 • Density 73.7/sq mi (28/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30537
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-71282[1]
GNIS feature ID 0330571[2]

Sky Valley is a town in Rabun County, Georgia, United States and is nestled in a scenic mountain valley on the northwest slopes of Rabun Bald, Georgia's second-highest peak. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 250.

Since 1971, it is home to Sky Valley Resort, which features golfing, tennis and swimming. The resort used to have the only winter ski area in Georgia, but after changing ownership in 2004, the resort's ski slopes were permanently closed after 33 seasons.[3] The only highway or other through-road is the Dillard/Highlands Road (Georgia 246 and N.C. 106) between Dillard, Georgia and Highlands, North Carolina. The northern city limit is the North Carolina state line, where the highway zigzags, crossing in five different places (two of which are into and out of the city).


Sky Valley is located at 34°59′10″N 83°19′29″W / 34.98611°N 83.32472°W / 34.98611; -83.32472 (34.986008, -83.324688).[4] Based on latitude, Sky Valley is the northernmost city in the state.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all of it land. The elevation of the valley floor is approximately 3100 feet above sea level, while areas within the city limits on the slopes of Rabun Bald exceed 4200 feet. Sky Valley is Georgia's highest incorporated city and one of the highest municipalities in the Eastern United States.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 65
1990 187 187.7%
2000 221 18.2%
2010 272 23.1%
Est. 2014 267 [5] −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 221 people, 112 households, and 81 families residing in the city. The population density was 72.9 people per square mile (28.2/km²). There were 675 housing units at an average density of 222.6 per square mile (86.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.48% White, 4.07% African American, and 0.45% from two or more races.

There were 112 households out of which 11.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.9% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.97 and the average family size was 2.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 9.5% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 8.1% from 25 to 44, 34.4% from 45 to 64, and 45.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 64 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,750, and the median income for a family was $57,500. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,511. About 5.6% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 1.8% of those sixty five or over.


  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. ^ "Remembering Sky Valley Ski Area – by Scott Fagan". Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.