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~ Towns County has the highest per capita bank deposits for the entire 13 county Northeast Georgia economic region, recording 1998 figures of $21,351.

~ According to 1998 statistics, Towns County's high school dropout rate was the lowest in the 13 county Northeast Georgia economic region.

~ Population estimates show that 27.8% of Towns County residents are aged 65 and older.

~ Towns County posted the second lowest crime rate figures of any county in the Northeast Georgia region for 1997-98.

~ Approximately 80 miles of the 2,100 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail winds through several North Georgia counties including Towns. Most of the Trail travels along ridges at an average elevation of 3,000 feet, but portions rise to over 4,400 feet.

~ Trout fishing is a popular pastime in Towns County where local rivers and streams join a network of nearly 4,000 miles of trout fishing waters found throughout North Georgia.

~ Towns County is one of Georgia's smallest with 106,240 acres of land, 57,000 of which are in the national forest.

~ Current Towns County population estimates are 8,500. By 2010 the population is projected to exceed 10,000.

~ In 1995 a report on CNN named Hiawassee as one of the "Safest Places to Retire" in the nation.

~ Worship is a priority among Towns County residents with nearly 2/3 of them professing religious affiliation.

~ The highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet, is located in Towns County.

~ Although statistics show steady growth over the past 40 years, figures indicate a shift to smaller households, reflecting an increase in retirement population.

~ The 12-day August 1999 Georgia Mountain Fair brought in visitors from 43 states and 16 foreign countries. Georgia Mountain Fairground events from May through October bring in an estimated 200,000+ visitors to the community each year.

~ Towns County has the lowest property taxes in the state of Georgia, consistently maintaining the lowest overall millage rate.

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