Page 8 - 2019 Union County Community Guide
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 6 | Meet the Commissioner
   Brasstown Bald
 Brasstown Valley Golf Course
 Union County Farmers Market
1,600-4,784 feet above sea level, with Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia, rising to 4,784 feet in the southeast corner of the County
• 85° F (July average high)
• 25° F (January average low) • 55.6° F (average temp.)
• 55.99" (average rainfall)
• 4.0" (average snowfall) (Source: U.S. Climate Data)
• 700 (est. 2017 Blairsville pop.)
• 23,459 (est. 2017 county pop.)
• 65.9 (pop. per square mile)
• 10,238 (est. 2017 county workforce)
• 338,452 (est. 2017 Georgia
mountain area workforce)
• 3.5% (Dec. 2018 Union County
unemployment rate)
• $34,545 (est. 2018 per capita
personal income)
• 53.8 (residents’ median age) (Source: Georgia Dept. of Labor)
Important Designations
• Appalachian Trail Community
• Camera-Ready Community
• Entrepreneur Friendly
• Georgia Work-Ready Community
• Upper Hiwassee Highlands
American Viticultural Area
• Blairsville is a Georgia Better
Hometown/Main Street Community
• 2019 is the 25th anniversary of
Blairsville’s designation as “Tree City USA”
Commissioner Paris is also justifiably proud of Union County’s solid finances. With a $15 million operating budget and an additional $3.5 million in funds com- ing in each year from a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the county is able to properly maintain its infrastructure with money to spare.
A Perfect Day in Union
When asked how he’d share the “perfect day” with someone visiting the area for the first time, the Commissioner had this to say: “I’d start them off with a big stack of pancakes at one of our excellent local restaurants, then wander out to the
Farmers Market or take a stroll along Butternut Creek at Meeks Park. I’d want them to see our Fine Arts Center and library, which are both unbelievable for a small town. I’d also want them to see what’s happening at Union General Hospital. With so many rural hospitals shutting down, it’s pretty incredible to see the world- class physicians and facilities we have here. If it’s a hot day, we’d head up to Brass- town Bald or over to Helton Creek Falls. We might end the day with a steak or some seafood as the sun sets and toast another perfect day in the mountains!”
Sounds like a perfect day to us, too!

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