Mountain City is an incorporated town in Rabun County, Georgia, United States. The population was 829 at the 2000 census. The town straddles the Eastern Continental Divide in a deep gap in the Blue Ridge Mountain front. The gap allows U.S. Highway 441 to cross the range at an elevation of 2168 feet without the significant grade required by roadways at most other mountain passes along the Georgia Blue Ridge.
|Mountain City, Georgia|
Location in Rabun County and the state of Georgia
Mountain City is located at (34.917466, -83.384877).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land and 0.56% is water. Mountain City was home to Chet Atkins during his adolescence, as a result of a near fatal asthma attack that prompted him to leave his home in Tennessee and live with his father. It was during this time that his interest in music, especially guitar, was honed .
Mountain City is also home to one of the most popular sleep away camps, Camp Blue Ridge . Camp Blue Ridge is an activity oriented camp for adolescents, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Campers attend Camp Blue Ridge during the summer months of June–August, and come from populated southern states, such as Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey and Georgia, but there have been a lot of campers from far away places, and various other countries. Camp Blue Ridge also operates as a retreat and special events venue site. They host school and corporate groups, churches and temples, special interest groups and they are the Georgia home of one of the biggest mud obstacle adventure races - Warrior Dash . Camp Blue Ridge has the ability to host both large and intimate music festivals.
As of the census of 2000, there were 829 people, 363 households, and 238 families residing in the town. Thepopulation density was 464.1 people per square mile (178.8/km²). There were 462 housing units at an average density of 258.6 per square mile (99.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.83% White, 0.60% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 4.46% from other races, and 3.02% from two or more races.Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.60% of the population.
There were 363 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% weremarried couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $24,531, and the median income for a family was $35,060. Males had a median income of $23,571 versus $23,182 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,235. About 16.1% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.