2012 Total Population 117,730

2015 Total Population 128,475

Total number of Households – 39,666

Average number of persons per household – 2.71

Housing Units – 45,527

Renter Occupied – 13,476

Metro Statistical Area: Atlanta

499 sq. miles

255 persons/sq. mile


White: 75.1%

Black: 18.4%

Other: 4.3%

Hispanic: 6.7%

79.7% of adults have at least a high school diploma

18.4% of the population have Bachelor’s degrees or higher.

Population by Age (2012)

0-4 years 7.0%
5-9 years 7.1%
10-14 years 6.9%
15-24 years 17.1%
25-34 years 13.5%
35-44 years 13.0%
45-54 years 12.8%
55-64 years 11.1%
65-74 years 7.0%
75-84 years 3.2%
85+ years 1.2%

2010 Households by Income

Household Income Base 42,749
< $15,000 14.5%
$15,000 – $24,999 11.5%
$25,000 – $34,999 10.2%
$35,000 – $49,999 15.8%
$50,000 – $74,999 23.5%
$75,000 – $99,999 14.4%
$100,000 – $149,999 7.3%
$150,000 – $199,999 1.5%
$200,000+ 1.4%
Average Household Income $55,810

2015 Households by Income

Household Income Base 46,770
< $15,000 11.4%
$15,000 – $24,999 9.8%
$25,000 – $34,999 7.6%
$35,000 – $49,999 12.8%
$50,000 – $74,999 26.9%
$75,000 – $99,999 16.2%
$100,000 – $149,999 11.0%
$150,000 – $199,999 2.3%
$200,000+ 2.0%
Average Household Income $64,286
Source: US Census

Labor Force

Wage Summary

The Carroll County Area regional labor force is 740,798 with an unemployment rate of 8.4%.

The total civilian labor force in Carroll County in 2013 was 52,126 of which 47,119 were employed and 5,007 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.

Average weekly wages in Carroll County are $740 as compared to Georgia at $891.

Weekly Rate by Sector
Goods Producing   $885
Service Providing   $685
Manufacturing   $889
Construction   $876
Retail Trade   $475
Government   $759
Hourly Manufacturing Rates
Average/Unskilled $11.93
Skilled $13.53
Avg. benefit package 28%
Source: Carroll Tomorrow Survey Implementing this local vision over the last ten years, Carroll Tomorrow has an impressive track record creating:
  • 2,750 new and expanded jobs
  • $206 million in direct additional payroll
  • $230 million in new capital investment
Source: Georgia Department of Labor, Workforce Information & Analysis, Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Educational System


There are two public school systems in Carroll County, along with 8 private schools. Recent awards include the following:

  • “One of the 98 Best High Schools in America” – US News & World Report
  • 2 citations for “Innovative Approaches to Education” – Redbook
  • 3 time “Georgia School of Excellence” – Carrollton High
  • “Georgia School of Excellence” – Carrollton Junior High and Central Elementary
  • “National School of Excellence” – Carrollton Junior High
  • “Georgia certified Automotive Youth Services Educational System Program – Carroll Technical High
  • “Most Technologically Advanced Elementary School in Georgia” – Carrollton Elementary

Technical College

Carroll County is served by West Georgia Technical College. WGTC, with an enrollment of over 7,000, the fastest growing and second largest technical college in the state of Georgia. Two campuses serve the needs of Carroll County residents and industry. The $27 million state-of-the-art Murphy Campus in north Carroll County and the Carroll Campus in Carrollton. WGTC offers a variety of Associate Degrees, Diploma and Certificate Programs including Applied Manufacturing Technology, Electronics Technology, Welding, Maintenance Mechanics, Computer Information Systems, Industrial Electrical Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Nursing, Allied Health Business Administration Technology and many others. WGTC, in partnership with Georgia Quick Start, also provides job specific training at no cost for new and expanding companies interested in developing a higher skilled workforce.



Carroll County is also home to the University of West Georgia (UWG). The university is home to over 11,000 students, offering 109 programs of study including 59 at the bachelor’s level, 42 at the master’s and specialist levels, three at the doctoral level and twelve at the postmaster’s certificate level. UWG is home to the state’s only Honors College, complete with an honors curriculum. The university’s Advanced Academy of Georgia is one of only about 12 U.S. programs that allow gifted high school-age students to earn concurrent high school and college credit while living on campus in a full-time student resident environment.


Company EmploymentProduct
Southwire 3,500 Wire & Cable
Tanner Health System 2,800 Health Systems
Carroll Co. Schools 1,800 Public Education
Decostar/Magna 1,317 Auto Parts
University of West Georgia 1,200 Higher Education
Pilgrim’s Pride 730 Poultry Processing
Greenway Health 730 Software
Carroll County Government 650 Government
Carrollton City Schools 564 Public Education
Bremen Bowdon Investment 560 Apparel
Printpack 545 Flexible Packaging
Flowers Baking Co. 494 Baked Goods 386 E-Commerce Fulfillment
Sugar Foods 355 Sugar Substitutes
OFS Brightwave 350 Fiber Optic Cable
City of Carrollton 308 Government
Aubrey Silvey 250 Construction
Maplehurst 250 Baked Goods
Die Tech 230 Auto Parts
Yachiyo of America 230 Auto Parts

Taxes and Incentives

Tax Rate:

Carroll County has a 3% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.


Industrial projects locating within Carroll County have the opportunity to take advantage of the following incentive and concessions:

  • Job Tax Credit: $1,750 per full-time job for 5 years
  • Investment Tax Credit 100%
  • Freeport on all three inventory classes
  • Retraining Tax Credit
  • Child Care Credit
  • Manufacturing Machinery and Computer Tax Exemption
  • Primary Material Handling Sales Tax Exemption
  • Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Small Business Growth Companies Tax Credit
  • Headquarters Tax Credit
  • Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  • Georgia Minority Subcontractors Tax Credit
  • Georgia State Enterprise Zone: city, county, and state ad valorem tax abatements on properties located within the zone (does not include school ad valorem taxes)

Concessionary Funding Opportunities:

Tax-Exempt Industrial Development Bond Financing is available at both state and local levels. Industrial development bond financing has been successful for several large industrial projects in Carroll County recently which included property tax exemption on a sliding scale of 100%-0% over ten years (did not include school taxes).

Other Incentives:

  • Quick Start Training
  • ICAPP Workforce Training
  • TMC Occupational Health Services
  • Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Regional Office
  • Georgia Tech Government Procurement Assistance Center
  • The Burson Center Business Incubator & Resource Center
  • One Stop Environmental Permitting
  • Ground leases
  • 12 local financial institutions
  • West Georgia Technical College job training
  • University of West Georgia (research, training, interns)

Job Tax Credit:

Job Tax Credit – Strategic industries such as distribution, technology, manufacturing, telecom, processing companies and their headquarters qualify for Georgia’s Job Tax Credit. Depending on the community’s tier, companies must create between five and 25 net new jobs per year to qualify. For each year (up to five years) the jobs are maintained, qualified companies can claim a tax credit with a value of $750 – $3,500 per job, per year. An additional $500 credit is offered in counties that participate in a multi-county joint development authority. Unused job tax credits may be carried forward ten years.

In Tier 1 and 2 counties, credits may be taken against 100 percent of corporate income tax liability, 50 percent in Tiers 3 and 4. Excess credits may be carried forward for ten years.

TierJob Tax Credit $JobsUse of CreditsCarry Forward
3 $1,750 15 50% of tax liability 10 years

*includes $500 bonus for Joint Development Authority. Georgia counties can form partnerships which benefit companies with this $500 Job Tax Credit bonus.

Joint Development Authority:

Yes. Carroll County is an active participant in the Greater West Georgia Joint Development Authority (GWGJDA).

Investment Tax Credit:

Existing manufacturing or telecommunications companies that have operated a facility in Georgia for at least three years, and which make a minimum $50,000 additional qualified capital investment, may claim from 3% of the new investment as a tax credit. Higher credits (5%) are available for investments in recycling or pollution control equipment and for defense plant manufacturing conversion to a new product. Taxpayers must choose either the investment tax credit or the job tax credit. This credit may be applied against 50 percent of tax liability and carried forward for ten years.

TierInvestment CreditsLimits of CreditsCarry ForwardMinimum Investment
3 1% – 3%* 50% of tax liability 10 years $50,000

*Recycle, Defense Conversion, Pollution Control


Freeport is the general term used for the exemption of ad valorem tax on inventories as defined by Georgia law. The law offers manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and warehouse operations an attractive inventory tax exemption on three classes of property.

Carroll County and Carrollton exempt 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation.

Utilities and Communication

Electrical Power:

The seven cities, as well as the unincorporated areas of Carroll County are served by Carroll EMC, Georgia Power and Greystone Power. Electric power is provided in Carroll County by an integrated transmission system. Businesses with a connected load greater than 900 KV have the option to choose between Georgia Power and Carroll EMC for electric service.

Natural Gas:

In 1998, Georgia deregulated its natural gas industry. Residents and businesses can now choose from different companies that market gas throughout the state. It is available in industrial quantities, both on a firm and an interruptible basis.

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