Ellijay is a city in
County, Georgia, United
The population was 1,584 at the 2000
census. The city is the county
seat of Gilmer County .
Ellijay lies where two rivers, the Ellijay
and the Cartecay
, come together to form the Coosawattee River
. The city holds an
annual Apple Festival (http://www.georgiaapplefestival.org) and
Gilmer County is known as the 'Apple Capital of Georgia'. The Apple
Festival is held yearly in October.
Ellijay is located at (34.694656, -84.483566) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 1,584
people, 593 households, and 342 families residing in the city. The
people per square mile (228.2/km²). There were 662 housing units at
an average density of 247.3/sq mi (95.4/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 81.25% White
, 1.39% African American
, 0.57% Pacific Islander
, 12.50% from
, and 2.46%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 25.19% of the
There were 593 households out of which 26.8% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married
living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 42.2% were non-families. 37.6% of all
households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age
of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to
64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,120, and the
median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income
of $21,875 versus $20,469 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$13,740. About 20.3% of families and 27.5% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 27.3%
of those under age 18 and 31.7% of those age 65 or over.