Jackson County, GA was settled in 1784 and originally covered 1800 square miles. Between 1801-1914, portions of the county were divvied up to form Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Gwinnett, Hall, Walton, Banks and Barrow Counties in Georgia. What remains is now only 337 square miles. Interestingly, when the University of Georgia was originally built, the site was still Jackson County, GA until 1801 when that plot of land became part of Clarke County, GA.
- Population 67,519 (as of 2015 estimate)
- Approx. 337 square miles
- Included zipcodes: 30517, 30529, 30548, 30549, 30565, 30567, 30573, 30599
- Includes these cities: Braselton (partially), Commerce, Hoschton, Jefferson, Nicholson, Pendergrass, Talmo
Poultry production and beef cattle income are Jackson County’s claim to fame, continually ranking in the top 5 counties in Georgia for broiler and egg production and cattle numbers. Jackson Co., GA can also lay claim to having the state’s largest sheep herd.
Property tax: The median property tax in Jackson County, Georgia is $1,550 per year for a home worth the median value of $166,000. Jackson County collects, on average, 0.93% of a property’s assessed fair market value as property tax.
Jackson County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, and is ranked 732nd of the 3143 counties in order of median property taxes.
The average yearly property tax paid by Jackson County residents amounts to about 2.57% of their yearly income. Jackson County is ranked 903rd of the 3143 counties for property taxes as a percentage of median income.