Ellijay

County seat of Gilmer County 21 miles north of Jasper known for great shopping, restaurants and vineyards.

Welcome to Ellijay

A vibrant hub of culture and natural beauty, famous for its apples and charm

 

Ellijay, Georgia, known as the "Apple Capital of Georgia," is a city that perfectly blends the quaintness of small-town life with the vibrant bustle of a community that celebrates its unique culture and natural resources. This bustling city, nestled in the heart of North Georgia, offers residents and visitors a picturesque setting characterized by its lush landscapes and vibrant community spirit. Ellijay is a destination where traditional charm and modern convenience meet to create a lively and engaging atmosphere.

 

From its friendly streets to its famous apple orchards, Ellijay captivates those who seek a peaceful yet active lifestyle. The city is renowned for its festivals, particularly those celebrating its apple heritage, which bring together the community and visitors from all over to enjoy the fruits of the local harvest and the warmth of its people.

 

What to Love

  • Apple Festivals: Celebrate the apple season with festivals that highlight local produce and crafts.
  • Vibrant Local Economy: A bustling array of shops and restaurants that showcase the best of local cuisine and culture.
  • Natural Beauty: Surrounded by natural parks and scenic views, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Community Spirit: A tight-knit community that thrives on festivity and local engagement.

Local Lifestyle

Life in Ellijay is deeply connected to the community calendar, with each season bringing its own set of celebrations and activities. Residents take pride in their local produce, particularly apples, which are celebrated with annual apple picking events and the renowned Apple Festival. The city's downtown area, with its charming shops and cozy restaurants like Cantaberry Restaurant and The Roof Ellijay, serves as a gathering place for locals and tourists alike, offering a taste of local flavors and a warm welcome to all.

 

Dining and Shopping

Ellijay’s culinary scene is a reflection of its heritage and agricultural prowess. B.J. Reece Apple Orchards offers a delightful farm-to-table experience, where visitors can enjoy the freshest apples and related products right from the source. Cantaberry Restaurant is known for its homestyle cooking and friendly service, making it a favorite among locals. For a more modern dining experience, The Roof Ellijay provides a trendy atmosphere with views of the cityscape, while Emily's Bar and Restaurant offers a cozy spot for evening gatherings.

 

Shopping in Ellijay is a pleasure, with local boutiques and artisan shops offering everything from handmade crafts to gourmet foods. The vibrant local markets are not just places to shop but are also central to the social life of the city, where residents and visitors mingle and enjoy the community vibe.

 

Things to Do and Entertainment

Ellijay is not just famous for its apples but also for its rich array of activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. As mentioned, The Apple Festival is a highlight, drawing visitors from all over the state to celebrate the harvest with crafts, food, and entertainment. The city’s vineyards offer wine tastings and tours, providing a glimpse into the region’s growing wine industry.

 

For outdoor lovers, the surrounding parks and natural reserves offer endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring the scenic beauty of North Georgia. These natural spaces provide a perfect backdrop for a weekend getaway or a leisurely afternoon stroll.

 

Schools

The Gilmer County Schools system serves the educational needs of Ellijay’s younger residents, offering a range of programs that support academic and personal development. The community places a high value on education, with schools that are well-integrated into the life of the city and contribute to its vibrant local culture.

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Overview for Ellijay, GA

31,047 people live in Ellijay, where the median age is 49.2 and the average individual income is $30,955. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

31,047

Total Population

49.2 years

Median Age

Medium

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$30,955

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Ellijay, GA

Ellijay has 12,648 households, with an average household size of 2.44. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Ellijay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 31,047 people call Ellijay home. The population density is 72.84 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

31,047

Total Population

Medium

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

49.2

Median Age

49.82 / 50.18%

Men vs Women

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12,648

Total Households

2.44

Average Household Size

$30,955

Average individual Income

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Schools in Ellijay, GA

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The following schools are within or nearby Ellijay. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Clear Creek Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Ellijay Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Pleasant Hills Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Clear Creek Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Mountain View Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Josephine Edwards Christian School
PRIVATE
1st - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5

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