Hiawassee, Georgia

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Hiawassee is a town in and the county seat of Towns County, Georgia, United States.[3] The population was 808 at the 2000 census. Its name comes from the Cherokee word "Ayuhwasi", which means a meadow.



Hiawassee is located at 34°56′58″N 83°45′18″W / 34.94944°N 83.755°W / 34.94944; -83.755 (34.949428, -83.755078)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (21.86%) is water.

Hiawassee is approximately 2000 feet (609 m) above sea level[2].


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 808 people, 355 households, and 203 families residing in the town. The population density was 479.5 people per square mile (184.6/km²). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 312.7/sq mi (120.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.40% White, 0.25% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.61% of the population.

There were 355 households out of which 14.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.39.

In the town the population was spread out with 10.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 13.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 46.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 62 years. For every 100 females there were 70.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 65.6 males.

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