Living in Carroll County


We know that educating future generations is a critical component of any thriving community.  Here in Carroll County, you will find top-ranked educational institutions from preschool to high school to college.

K-12 Schools

The Carroll County and City of Carrollton school systems, along with the private Oak Mountain Academy, are making a difference.  Our high schools maintain a graduation rate of 92% and over 50% of our students are receiving college credits through dual enrollment.  At the College and Career Academy, students can get a step ahead on college and careers.

Learning is the top priority, but when it comes to a well-rounded education, extracurricular activities and sports matter too.  From the Debate Club and Chess Club to 4-H and Computer Science, over 80% of our students actively participate in some type of club or activity.  Our football, baseball, golf, and lacrosse teams are among the best in the state.

Higher Education

Carroll County is home to both a university and a technical college.  Whether it’s a recent high school grad, a returning student, or employees looking to grow their skills or change careers, the University of West Georgia and the West Georgia Technical College offer limitless opportunities.

The HOPE Scholarship program (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) provides tuition assistance to Georgia students with demonstrated academic achievement. The HOPE Scholarship is merit-based with GPA requirements.  The HOPE Grant encourages technical training and requires no specific high school GPA requirements. The program is funded entirely by revenue from the Georgia Lottery, and since 1993, more than 1.8 million students enrolled in Georgia’s public and private colleges and universities and public technical schools have received over $11 Billion in HOPE funds.


Tanner Health System

In Carroll County, you’ll have access to advanced healthcare right here at home.  Tanner Health System, a nonprofit healthcare organization, includes acute care Medical Centers in Carrollton and Villa Rica and offers state-of-the-art heart care.  Additionally, citizens have access to high-quality care through Tanner Medical Group’s 30 regional medical practices including:

  • Tanner Health System Speciality Centers
  • Roy Richards Sr. Cancer Center (in progress)
  • Tanner Center for Sleep Disorders
  • Tanner Heart and Vascular Center
  • Tanner MS Center
  • Tanner Ortho and Spine Center
  • Tanner Urgent Care
  • Willowbrooke at Tanner
  • Ortho West

When it comes to your health, you can find the very best care close to home.

Senior Living

Located in the heart of Carrollton, Tanner Health System is building a brand new senior living facility, Tanner’s The Birches on Maple. The Birches on Maple is an expansion of Tanner's The Birches in Villa Rica. The Birches is open to any resident 55+, is part of the integrated care of the Tanner Health System and offers

  • Single-owner homes
  • Independent living apartments
  • Assisted living and memory care 
  • Amenities such as clubhouse, gym, pool, and direct access to Maple Street

Cost of Living

The small-town charm, laid-back pace, beautiful vistas and rolling farm land, and mild temps all year long draw people to Carroll County.  But it’s the friendly people and low cost of living that keep them here – or bring them back!  Compare Carroll County’s cost of living to other counties, and you’ll see that we offer high-quality living at costs that are below the national average.

Carroll County has a wide range of neighborhoods and living options – from historic homes and new homes within walking distance to the downtown to farm living or golf course and lake view communities.

Outdoor Fun

Our outdoor activities offer something for every adventurer! 

You can enjoy collegiate sports at the University of West Georgia, concerts at one of our downtown amphitheaters, historical sites and buildings, festivals, art galleries, and museums.  If it’s adventure you’re after, zip through the treetops at Banning Mills or check out bull riding and barrel racing at our rodeo series.   Carroll County offers daytripping at its best with a kayak run or river float on the Chattahoochee River’s McIntosh Run.  You can test that new driver on one of our championship golf courses and try your hand at Disc Golf at the beautiful Hobbs Farm.

We’ve got laid back covered too.  You can stroll along our award-winning GreenBelt trails, spread out for a family picnic at one of our other beautiful and expansive parks, or take an afternoon walk through one of our charming downtowns.

Food and Other Doings

From daytime fun to lively evenings, there’s always something to do in Carroll County.

In Bowdon, you can check out fun shops and grab a cup of locally-grown coffee.  Stroll through Adamson Square in Carrollton where you visit Horton's (Georgia's oldest book store!), grab a bite to eat at Brown Dog Eatery or catch a family movie under the starts at the Amp.

Shot Spot lets you shop for the latest in designer clothing and then practice your aim at its indoor shooting range.  You'll find trendy boutiques with everything from cowboy boots to ball gowns – and everything in between.

Looking for some local brew? Look no further than Hixtown Brewing Company and Printer’s Ale.  If it’s wine for you, swing by Little Vines Winery and Vineyard.

And, we’ve got you covered with the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum.  Or visit Pine Gold Museum to learn about the Villa Rica gold mines, home of the first Gold Strike in the United States.