Quality of Life

Measurably higher quality. Satisfaction beyond measure.

Southern Living ranks Blue Ridge “#2 among the best small towns of in Georgia” (2024) and “#3 Best Mountain Town in the South” (2022). Residents like Cory Callihan call Fannin County “One of the most beautiful places in the world…an amazing place to raise a family.” Quality inside and out makes us highly ranked, but also highly rewarding:

World-class educational opportunity: Fannin County’s K-12 schools provide an educational experience that is, measurably, one of the best in Georgia. High school graduation rates, career pathway completion rates and scores on the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index are all significantly higher than the state average. Add in Honors, AP and dual-enrollment classes, and it’s clear that Fannin County students graduate high school ready to reach higher achievement, in careers, college and life satisfaction. Students going on to college have five excellent higher education options within the area, including University of North Georgia-Blue Ridge. And financial resources including Hope Scholarships assure more opportunity for every student.

Extraordinary outdoor exploration and adventure every day:  Fannin County puts you and your family in the heart of the nation’s best recreation. The numbers are immense: 100,000 acres of Chattahoochee National Forest; 10 wilderness areas—including the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi; 1,367 miles of trout streams; and 430 miles of trails and campgrounds. And the experiences? Immensely rewarding: Hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, tubing, rafting, trout fishing and more.

Communities rich in creativity: Mastering the art of living with style and creativity, Fannin County supports deeper life satisfaction through the creations, productions and infusing spirit of its lively and essential arts community, centered by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, headquartered in Fannin County’s former Courthouse. The Community Theatre wows audiences regularly with Main Stage and Black Box Theatre productions, while all the world’s a stage for kids ages 5-18 through Sunny D Children’s Theater Summer Camps and productions.

A vibrant downtown scene; celebrations year-round: Savor the quality of our craft breweries, boutique shopping and venues offering terrific live music. And celebrate our heritage and talents with festivals like Art in the Park. Every day, every season, living in Fannin County means satisfaction beyond measure.