Quality of Life
We’re a Family-Focused Community
In economic development, the concept of “quality of life” includes a complex balance of indicators from jobs, education, healthcare, and housing, recreation, arts, culture, and infrastructure. The Development Authority works to improve Lumpkin County’s quality of life to raise the desirability of the community as a destination to attract and retain residents, add revenue, and boost recognition.
Live & Play
From live music, arts, and theater, to local shopping and dining, heritage museums and tours, and seasonal festivals, we invite you to unwind along our trails, on our rivers, in our vineyards, and in our relaxing lodging accommodations. Explore National Forest land and waterfalls, family wildlife excursions to pettings zoos and preserves, or the challenge of hunting geo-cached treasures.
Cost of Living
The total population of Lumpkin County is 34,000, with an average age of 38.9.
There are approximately 12,000 household in Lumpkin County with an average income of $76,187. The average home value is $373,000, media home value $304,000.
There are approximately 8,800 owner occupied and 3,741 rental occupied houses in Lumpkin County.
There are 6,920 primary jobs in the area. Approximately 60% (4,164) of these jobs are done by persons living outside of the area. Area residents work the remaining 2,756 primary jobs. Additionally, 8,307 residents leave the area for their primary job.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2022 the Development Authority of Lumpkin County, Georgia was proud to join members of the community for the ground breaking ceremony of the new Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin facility along 400. The facility will be constructed to expand with regional needs. The first phase will provide 16 patient rooms, inpatient telehealth specialty care, café & dining area, on-site lab and pharmacy, emergency services, and surgical services. The facility will be opening in 2024!
Dahlonega-Lumpkin County History
Lumpkin County was officially established in 1832. Named in honor of Wilson Lumpkin, who served in both state houses, as governor, and the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The County was carved out of what were then Cherokee, Hall, and Habersham counties.
Lumpkin County is where the first major gold rush in the United States took place in 1829. Dahlonega’s commercial district, including the public square, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Yahoola Creek Reservoir Master Plan
The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners, Yahoola Creek Reservoir Committee, and the Development Authority of Lumpkin County are excited to share the conceptual master plan for the Yahoola Creek Reservoir/Lake Zwerner.