Hall County, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and the Chattahoochee River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is recognized for its moderate climate and warm Southern hospitality. It is a wonderful community in which to live, work, do business or simply enjoy the pleasures of life.
While only an hour from Atlanta, Hall County is Northeast Georgia's regional center for business, shopping, medical services and educational opportunities.
Hall County's six incorporated municipalities include Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Lula, Clermont, Gillsville and part of Buford.
Lake Sidney Lanier, a 38,000-acre power lake built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in the 1950s, is one of the community's crown jewels. Lake Lanier's 607-mile shoreline comprises the county's western border. The lake now provides recreational activities for over 16 million visitors annually and is the most utilized water recreation area in the United States. In the 1996 Olympic Games, Clark's Bridge Park on Lake Lanier served as the venue for rowing and kayaking competition. That legacy continues today with on-going rowing and kayaking tournaments and athlete training.
Hall County's quality of life and skilled regional work force attract growth from companies in diverse industries, which has provided a relatively stable economic base for the area. Hall County residents enjoy total personal income of over $1.5 billion per year, which ranks the area as the wealthiest non-metropolitan county in Georgia and the 27th wealthiest in the nation.
Retail growth in Hall County is strong. Annually, retail sales in Hall County contribute nearly $1.5 billion to the state economy.
With Hall County leading the way, Georgia has been one of the top poultry producing states in the nation since 1957. The industry generates over $720 million in products and services annually. Our community is also home to more than 45 Fortune 500 companies, several international firms, and many manufacturing concerns - including windows and doors, paint, textiles, chewing gum, automotive components, and more. One of Hall County's newest corporate citizens is the Atlanta Falcons football team, which is building its new practice facility and headquarters in Flowery Branch.
Tourism in Hall County is a $258 million industry and leads the Northeast Georgia region in tourism expenditures. Lake Lanier, with over 16 million visitors annually, continues to be the mainstay of our tourism industry.
Travelers can reach Hall County via Interstate 985/GA 365, a four-lane limited access highway. Passenger and freight rail service is available directly to Gainesville. Also, Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport offers service for small-engine planes
Property taxes are determined by annual tax rates and assessment ratios that vary throughout the county. The current sales tax rate in Hall County is 7%. This includes 3% for the state, 1% for the local school systems, 1% Local Option Sales Tax (a property tax credit offsets this sales tax), 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (approved by voters in 1985, 1994 and 1999 for infrastructure development).
Taken from the Official Hall County Website