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Old 05-30-2007, 01:25 PM
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Georgia has 4 counties that made the top 100 poorest counties in the U.S., so land should be cheap in these counties!

Hancock Co. #55
Randolph Co. #88
Macon Co. #89
Calhoun Co. #90

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowest-..._United_States
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Georgia has 4 counties that made the top 100 poorest counties in the U.S., so land should be cheap in these counties!

Hancock Co. #55
Randolph Co. #88
Macon Co. #89
Calhoun Co. #90

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowest-..._United_States
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:35 PM
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Unfortunately, land in Hancock County is not cheap and is becoming more expensive. What they don't tell you is because there are so many poor people in Hancock County, the taxes on property there is also expensive.
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By what guidelines are they determining the wealth or poorness of a county???
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Taxes in Hancock are the highest the law allows.
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What are the budgets to fund county government and the schools, that's a big question?
There's the small population and the timber landlords that pay the taxes. Who do you think will shoulder a good bit of the taxes - real estate taxes?
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We have land in Hancock County and the taxes are ridiculus. So thats why the leases are soo high!
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By what guidelines are they determining the wealth or poorness of a county???
I believe each persons income.
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Average median income. You can find it along with a whole load of other stats online....now if I can just remember the website.
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Randolph County used to (not sure if they still do) have phenominal deer hunting for trophy bucks and the main reason for this was very few people lived there. those that did either farmed or sat on their front porches all day?!

Might have something to do with the stats being listed the way they were as others have suggested.

Also remember the lease prices were not small for the big deer reasons.

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Hey All:

High compared to where - Jones or Cobb or Habersham or Ware County...

I live in Hancock County, the taxes are high (not as high as Rockdale where we migrated from) because 80% of the land owners do not pay their taxes so the 20% that do carry the burden.

The GBI and FBI have been all over the Hancock County government for years out this way, nothing seems to change...

All the dirt there is and will ever be is out there... It's worth what a person is willing to pay for it...

In 1983 I looked at a lake lot out here (1 Acre with 200 Ft. of water front) for $3,500... 24 years later that piece of dirt goes for $200,000.00... Not a bad investment if you bought in 1983 right???

Most of that 20% in Hancock is comprised of property owners on the Sparta side (East Lake Area) of Lake Sinclair...

Things are booming though, heck we got condos being built within a mile from my property... They will probably go for couple hundred Benjamins each... Word is a Golf Course may even be coming... Reynolds Plantation, you might have heard of them, they Own Lake Oconnee...

Them who have can buy anything, or so they think...
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I find it hard to believe Taliaferro wasn't part of that list.
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I find it hard to believe Taliaferro wasn't part of that list.
You took the words right out of my thinking
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yeah i thought i had read somewhere that teliaferro was the poorest county in the state. can't be far down the list.
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Taliaferro is, I think the smallest now in population and also area. Public school was closed and they sent there children to Greene Co. until Greene frew and had to sen them elsewhere. Taliaferro had to build new public school (s?) to comply with state guidelines for around 130 students K-12; and it to has the highest county taxes the law allows.
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Hancock 10,076

Taliaferro 2,077

Randolph 7,791

Hancock 10,076

Macon 14,074

Calhoun 6,320

Clay 3,357

Clinch 6,878

Baker 4,074

Echols 3,754

Glascock 2,556

Marion 7,144

Lanier 7,241

On and on.

Source: 2000 Census
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I could of sworn Stewart Co was one of the poorest. If not they are doing a good job of hiding their money.
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The list for the four GA counties was based on "per capita."
Another list is "median household income": #59 Clay, #71 Randolph, #73 Hancock.
Hmmmmmm.
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I reckon the income of the owners of houses on Oconee weren't counted since a lot of them are second homes and their primary residences aren't in Hancock??

That would for sure turn the tables on that study in a big hurry.
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I reckon the income of the owners of houses on Oconee weren't counted since a lot of them are second homes and their primary residences aren't in Hancock??That would for sure turn the tables on that study in a big hurry.
Good observation.

I bet that's one reason that Quitman County didn't make it either, because alot of folks with money have retired there and count it as home.

I know that Clay County has a lot of "vacation" homes, too, but there are a lot of poor people, retirees, and home-grown folks, too. I'm still trying to figure out why Stewart didn't make it, too.

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I reckon the income of the owners of houses on Oconee weren't counted since a lot of them are second homes and their primary residences aren't in Hancock??

That would for sure turn the tables on that study in a big hurry.
I know what you are saying, but Lake Oconee is not in Hancock County. Perhaps you were referring to Lake Sinclair which does border the northwest portion of Hancock. These houses are nothing like the ones on Lake Oconee although there are some nice places. A lot of these houses now have full time residents. I tend to believe that these houses were counted as part of the study. Have you seen the rest of Hancock County? There are many parts of Sparta that are pitiful. Drive through Sparta on Hwy. 22 (the main drag through town) and its hard to believe that people actually inhabit some of the houses you see along that stretch. What's really sad is most (not all) of the people that live there (Sparta) don't care about it being any better. My Dad's family is from there and we hunt there on family land. I spent the majority of my childhood running around in Hancock County/ Sparta and still spend a fair amount of time there during hunting season being that I am only 30 minutes away. The education system is terrible at best. The county and city government are as corrupt as any you will find in the country. It truly is a sad state of affairs there and is quite depressing to be honest with you. You can ride through town on a weekday and see tons of people walking the streets with nothing to do, the majority of these people are working age people who are either too sorry to work or can't find anything to do. If not for some of the big landowners who are basically stuck there and the residents who live on Lake Sinclair, I think you might see Hancock farther up the list. By the way, I mean no disrespect to any of you who may live in Hancock. It's like a second home to me. There are a lot of good people there and I have several friends who still live there.
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Marlin 444,

Sounds as if you may live near Holiday Shores. Those are the only condos I know of going up in Hancock. But, aren't those over 300K?

I have a home on Lakecrest.

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I was told that Stephens, Franklin, and Banks Counties were some of the poorest counties north of Atlanta, but I can't seem to find a website that list the poorest counties in Georgia alone. Anyone know of a site?
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