Carroll County is located in Northwest Georgia, less than 10 miles from the Alabama border and less than an hour's drive to downtown Atlanta. While being so close to Atlanta (and less than two hours from Birmingham), Carroll County is far from a suburban outreach of the larger cities, distinctively removed from the sprawl of communities closer to "the perimeter." This allows residents to maintain access to the features of a larger metropolitan area, while also enjoying the rural quality of life that by-and-large defines what Carroll County is all about. That's important to folks around here.
The land for Carroll county was ceded by the Creek people in the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs. The last remaining portion of the Creek's Georgia territory, the land was ceded by William McIntosh, chief of the Lower Creeks. One of the major parks in Carroll County bears Chief McIntosh's name to this day.
The county's boundaries were formally created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9 of the next year. It was officially named on Dec. 14, 1826 in honor of Charles Carroll of Maryland, who was at that time the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Carrollton, the county seat, was named for Charles Carroll as well.
Carroll County has both a mild and varied climate. Highs in the summer can be in the 90’s, and winter can bring an occasional snow or two, though the average temperature is a comfortable 62 degrees. Rainfall measures about 51.7 inches annually. The rolling hills of the Piedmont Region, of which Carroll County is a part, include elevations ranging from 850 feet above sea level to peaks moving skyward to 1,500 feet above sea level.
Carroll County offers a wide array of housing options, from subdivisions and planned communities flanked golf courses, to renovated farmhouses surrounded by green pastureland, to historic downtown districts within easy walking distance of dining and shopping opportunities.
Carrollton is the largest home market in Carroll County, offering diverse pricing in townhomes, subdivisions, golf communities and lakeside living. The county seat includes senior-living communities with close proximity to services and amenities for the active retiree. Loft living is also prevalent (and popular among the younger set) in downtown Carrollton, as several historic buildings have been renovated as condominiums. Apartment living is plentiful in the Carrollton, Bowdon and Villa Rica areas, with prices ranging roughly between $450 to $1,000 per month.
On the south and west sides of the county, in the communities of Mt. Zion, Bowdon, Roopville and Whitesburg, one can still find the slow-paced charm and low cost of small town living. Farms and homes with ample acreage dominate the southern corridor of the county. With its closeness to Atlanta, newcomers to the area are often surprised at the affordable land prices in Carroll County.
hough the recent economic recession did slow growth out from Metro Atlanta, local officials continue to look forward for strategies to in manage the growth that one day will come. Geographically, Carroll County is one of the largest counties in the state, and as a result has more room direct growth without encroaching about the rural aesthetic. Future-minded initiatives and programs have motivated enhancement of local development incentives targeting specific growth areas, while conjointly establishing thoughtful protection mechanisms for farmland and greenspace.