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Fayette County

County Description, Neighborhoods, County Information, Chamber of Commerce, Property Taxes, Public Education, Utilities and Contacts, Helpful Links


County Description

Located Southwest of Atlanta, the land comprising Fayette County was ceded from the Creek Indians in 1821, thus creating the 49th county in Georgia. The county seat, the city of Fayetteville, was established in 1823 and contains the oldest courthouse in the state, built 1825 and located in Fayetteville's quaint, historic town square. Both the county and city were named for Revolutionary War lieutenant Marquie de LaFayette.

Author Margaret Mitchell spent many summers at her grandfather's home in Fayette County to conduct research and derive inspiration for her novel Gone With the Wind.

Originally a small farming community, today the 199-square mile area is renowned in the business world as a Foreign Trade Zone due in part to its close proximity to Hartsfield International Airport and abundance of industrial and business parks. Although a thriving economic center, offering convenience and a plethora of amenities to residents, Fayette County has largely retained the rural fa┴ade of yesteryear through its combination of regulated growth and planned communities. Gaining recognition from local and regional publications alike, Fayette county has been noted as one of the nation's most attractive communities for corporate family relocation and was the fifth fastest growing county in the nation from 1984 to 1994.

Fayette County touts six golf courses and a 2,000-seat amphitheater -amongst other leisure time activities - in which to serve the family oriented population of approximately 95,000 residents. Single family housing in Fayette county rang es from $75,000 in moderate-income areas to over $2.8 million in affluent neighborhoods.

Fayette County Neighborhoods

Dixieland Fun Park. Photo courtesy of GDITT.
Fayetteville
Old-fashioned pride and progressive philosophies merge amongst the downtown streets of historic Fayetteville where antique stores and boutiques sit side by side in refurbished buildings.

With a population of close to 13,000, Fayetteville is home to the Fayette County Historic Society, Research Center and Museum. A haven for family fun, Dixieland Fun Park offers an assortment of activities for young and old alike. Visit the Chick-fil-A Dwarf house to see the site of Truett Cathy's original chicken sandwich and the first Chick-fil-A location in the United States.

Peachtree City
Over 2,000 years ago, Woodland Era Indians once inhabited the area now known as Peachtree City. The land was ceded to the Federal government in 1821 by Chief William McIntosh, Jr., the son of a Scotsman and Creek Indian Woman. McIntosh, a firm believer that the Indians and white settlers could live in peace, was killed by Creek Indians in 1825.

Comprising 12,000 acres, Peachtree City was chartered in 1959 as a master-planned community of separate villages. Currently, Peachtree City residents utilize golf cart paths to link homes, businesses, school and recreational locales. Golf carts, bicycles and walking are preferred modes of transportation while in the community.

The area has amassed just under 40,000 residents during its years of development. Strict code enforcement restricts business development and residential growth in the area.

County Information

Median household income
$71,227

Median age of residents
38.2

Population
91,263

Sales tax
5%

Chamber of Commerce

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
770-461-9983
fayettechamber.org


Property Taxes

The property tax rate per $1,000 is:
$32.45 in Fayette County; $32.84 in City of Fayetteville.

Tax Commissioner: 770-461-3611

Public Education

Fayette County Schools Board of Education
770-460-3535

Elementary Schools: 14
Middle Schools: 5
High Schools: 4
Alternative: 4
Per-pupil expenditures: $6,005.10
School & bus information: 770-460-3520

Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
Fayette Co. (516/532)
Georgia (491/489)
National (506/514)

*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.

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Utilities and Contacts

Electricity
Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890
Coweta-Fayette EMC 770-253-5626

Gas
Scana Energy
877-GO-SCANA
scanaenergy.com

Telephone
Bell South Telephone & Telegraph 404-780-2355
AT&T Broadband Services 770-559-2222

Water
Fayette County Water 770-461-1146

Cable
AT&T Broadband 770-599-2000

Hospitals
Fayette Community Hospital 770-719-7000

Helpful Links

Fayette County
fayettecountyga.gov

Fayette Chamber of Commerce
fayettechamber.org

Neighborhoods
fayetteville-ga.gov
peachtree-city.org

Clayton County Schools
clayton.k12.ga.us

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