Location in Rabun County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|• Land||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,962 ft (598 m)|
|• Density||395/sq mi (150.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0333232|
There are two popular legends as to the derivation of the town's name: the first is that it was named after a Cherokee chief named Tiger Tail, while the second (and more likely) story is that the name originated from the cry of roaming panthers.
Tiger is located at (34.846374, -83.434181).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land. Tiger's elevation is 1,963 feet, with several wooded hilltops reaching elevations of 2,100 to 2,200 feet. The town sits at the base of 2,856-foot Tiger Mountain, a prominent Blue Ridge Mountain peak.
As of the census of 2000, there were 316 people, 137 households, and 77 families residing in the town. The population density was 384.2 people per square mile (148.8/km²). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 195.7 per square mile (75.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.10% White and 1.90% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.
There were 137 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the town, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $27,875, and the median income for a family was $31,563. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,453. About 7.8% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 28.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Rabun County Board of Education administrative offices are headquartered in the former South Rabun Elementary School building near the center of Tiger. Just southeast of the city are Rabun County High School (grades 9-12), Rabun County Middle School (7-8), Rabun County Elementary School (3-6), and Rabun County Primary School (pre-kindergarten-2).
- "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.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.