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Barrow County Facts

  • Barrow County has 52,237 registered active voters as of January 1, 2020.
  • Barrow County has 442 full-time and 48 part-time employees for FY 2020.
  • Barrow County has an annual all-fund budget of $80.0M for FY 2020.
  • In 2019, Barrow County has a tax rate of 7.089 mills for unincorporated areas and 9.029 mils for incorporated areas.
  • Barrow County's debt per capita is $1,708.
  • Barrow County's Moody's bond rating is Aa1 as of January 30, 2020.
  • Barrow County has a total of 467 miles of public roads of which 28 miles are dirt roads, 95 miles of storm drain pipe, 25 bridge structures, 50 bridge culverts, 45 miles of concrete sidewalks, and 300 miles of concrete curb and gutter.
  • Barrow County has six incorporated cities - Auburn (partially in Barrow County), Bethlehem, Braselton (partially in Barrow County), Carl, Statham, and Winder (county seat).
  • Barrow County has a land area of 162 square miles.
  • Barrow County's Planning and Community Development Department issued 476 single family home building permits, 15 mobile home permits, 70 commercial permits, and had 59 rezonings totalling 518 new residential lots in 2019.
  • Barrow County is in the 114th, 116th and 117th State House Districts, 47th State Senate District, and in the 10th U.S. Congressional District.
  • The county's legal organ is the Barrow News-Journal.
  • Barrow County has 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places:
    • Barrow County has many industries located here including:
    • Johns Manville (insulation products)
    • Chico's (women's fashion distribution center and call center)
    • Mizuno USA (golf equipment assembly and distribution)
    • Harrison Poultry (chicken hatchery)
    • Schuetz Container Systems (plastic container/steel fabricator)
    • Solvay USA ( chemical manufacturer)
    • Foley Products (concrete products manufacturer)
    • Trinity Rail Group (railroad car couplings finishing)
    • Olympic Steel (flat-rolled metal manufacturer)
    • Price Industries (air distribution equipment manufacturer)
    • Stepan Company (chemical supplier)
    • Anderson Merchandisers (marketing)
  • Barrow County is a Storm Ready community and a Camera Ready community.

Figures from Barrow County

Richard B. RussellRichard B. Russell, Jr., a well-known Democratic political figure, was from Barrow County. Born in Winder on November 2, 1897, he was in public office for 50 years as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives (1920 to 1931), Georgia governor (1931 to 1933), and U.S. Senator (1933 to 1971). His legacy includes having served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President Kennedy, and having many things named after him including a U.S. Senate office building, a nuclear submarine, a federal courthouse in Atlanta, several highways, schools, and a Georgia state park. Mr. Russell was also featured on a postage stamp in 1981. He died on January 21, 1971, in Washington, D.C., and is buried in Winder in the family cemetery behind the Russell home which was designated as the Russell Homeplace Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.