Two hours north of Atlanta is Blairsville, Georgia. Blairsville is home to about 553 people. It is officially categorized as a “very small town” since its population lies well below 1,000, and the city limits encompass only 1.1 square miles.
But Blairsville’s rich history more than makes up for its small size. Blairsville played a prominent role in the Georgia Gold Rush of the late 1830s. Though gold was originally discovered in neighboring Dahlonega, Blairsville was known for is quality of gold, which was reported to be the purest in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, Blairsville is home to the original Union County Courthouse, which along with the Blairsville City Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town also boasts several homes that were built in the early 1800s and are still standing today.
Blairsville is a great location for those who love the outdoors. Visitors or year-round residents can play a full 18 holes of golf at Butternut Creek Golf Course, or make the 15-minute drive to Nottely Lake (also called Lake Nottely) for fishing, swimming, or other water play. A 30-minute drive takes you to Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia.
81% of Blairsville residents are homeowners. Homes in Blairsville are competitively priced, with a median listing price of $174,500. However, this reflects a sharp increase of nearly $20,000 in median listing price since February 2017. Homes in Blairsville usually sell at about $123 per square foot, which falls slightly below the national average price per square foot of $139.
Blairsville is in the Union County School District, which includes Union County Primary School, Union County Elementary School, Union County Middle School, and Union County High School. Union County High serves 801 students and is ranked 58th in the state of Georgia with a graduation rate of 98%. Blairsville is also home to Mountain Education Charter High School, an alternative night high school.
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