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     The same things that attract tourists to Blairsville and Union County, Georgia—scenic beauty and mountain views, delightful climate, cultural heritage, recreational opportunities, and easy access with a small-town atmosphere—are the things that make the quality of life here a dream-come-true for our residents. Blairsville was rated among the "top ten places for retirement" in a Wall Street Journal article in 1994 for reasons of low crime and low cost of living, and among the top 10 places in Georgia in 2008 by Retire in Georgia magazine. But it isn’t only retirees who find Union County the ideal place to settle down. Families are also finding that the Union County lifestyle is perfect for raising happy, healthy children.
    Deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as water sports on Lake Winfield Scott and Lake Nottely, festivals year round, waterfalls, excellent local and state parks, and more. Our wealth of activities is supplemented by an award-winning local hospital and a high-ranking public school system.
    Life here is casual, defined not only by the stunning natural environment, but also by a strong sense of community. Whether you choose to live in Blairsville, Suches, or in the Union County countryside, you’ll find that this area’s beauty, ideal growth, outdoor adventure, festivals and events, nice selection of dining, shopping, lodging and friendly people make Union County a perfect place to relocate. We welcome you to explore further for information on area real estate, arts & culture, health care, parks & recreation, area history, and government.


Real Estate
      Union County was the 10th fastest growing of Georgia’s 159 counties in 1999 and according to the 2000 Census, grew 44.2% during the 1990s. In addition to the 21,000 permanent residents in 2007, approximately 6,000 retirees winter in warmer climates and return to the Blairsville area for the months of March/April through November/December. There are also a number of metro Atlanta residents who maintain a second home here in the mountains.
    The variety of choices is an attractive selling point here in Union County. House hunters will find anything from cabins to mountain chalets, lake houses to golf estates, downtown lofts to ranch homes in quiet subdivisions. For those seeking acreage, the options range from secluded pockets within national forest lands, mountain top views, lakefront, mini farms, and much more. There are also a variety of commercial land and opportunities available.
    An article in a November 2007 edition of the Wall Street Journal identified Union County as having the second most undervalued land in the U.S. This, along with our low cost of living, goes far in explaining the overall value you’ll find here in Union County.


2008 cost of living index in Union County: 91.3 (U.S. average is 100)

For information or assistance with real estate in Union County, contact the NortheastGeorgia Board of Realtors or the Union-Towns Home Builders Association.