Hall County

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Bordered by the beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville-Hall County is a vibrant, growing and diverse community that is home to more than 200,000 residents. Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre reservoir with 692 miles of shorelines, is the most visited Corp of Engineers Lake in the nation, welcoming more than 7.5 million visitors per year.

The area offers an unparalleled quality of life and a sound economic base for business and industry. Gainesville-Hall County boasts over 300 manufacturing industries and 48 international companies representing 15 foreign countries. Hall County is also proud to have three higher education institutions—Brenau University, University of North Georgia (UNG) Gainesville Campus and Lanier Technical College.

Recreational opportunities are abundant in Hall and include such locales as Don Carter State Park, Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Gainesville, the Northeast Georgia History Center and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, as well as more parks than any county in the nation. The City of Gainesville has an historic downtown center, and Hall County features other amenities including Lake Lanier Olympic Park, Lanier Islands and Golf Resort, Château Élan Winery & Resort and Road Atlanta, a 2.54 mile road course famous for hosting the International Petit Le Mans. Additionally, Gainesville-Hall County is home to Northeast Georgia Medical Center—the #1 hospital in Georgia for cardiac care. More than 800 physicians are part of the medical staff at NGMC, and Northeast Georgia Health System employs more than 8,000 people throughout the region.

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The Town of Clermont, with 950 residents, celebrates its history during its annual Clermont Days Festival each fall. This rural farming community, which has a total area of three square miles, was originally known as “Dip” and dates back to 1820.

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Flowery Branch marries small-town appeal and sensibilities with big city amenities. The proud home of the Atlanta Falcons, it is located near Lake Lanier for outdoor enjoyment year-round and its quaint downtown transports visitors to times long past with quality antique shops and lots of local history.


As the county seat, Gainesville serves as the business, government and cultural center of the region. It is the largest city in Hall County with a population of more than 41,000 residents and a daytime population of more than 150,000 commuters. Located 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville is surrounded by Lake Sidney Lanier.


Lula spans two counties, Hall and Banks, but most of the city’s 2,900 residents reside in Hall County. Incorporated in 1876, Lula has a total area of 2.8 square miles. Once a railroad hub, the city is well known for its annual Railroad Days Festival.


With a population of 4,500, Oakwood has grown into a thriving community with more than 60 percent growth in the last 15 years. City leaders continue to plan for a growing population with a vision for the future known as “Oakwood 2030.” The plan offers a neighborhood village and commercial center for the community.


The Town of Braselton spans four counties, including Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall and Jackson. Château Élan Winery & Resort attracts more than half a million visitors per year to its award-winning winery, inn, spa, golf courses and fine dining.


Home to more than 12,000 residents, Buford sits on the Hall-Gwinnett line with residents, employees and students from both counties. Buford is situated at the southern tip of Lake Lanier at Buford Dam and along the key arteries of Interstates 985 and 95 between Gainesville and Atlanta.


The small East Hall town of Gillsville is known for its ties to pottery. Its iconic Hewell’s Pottery shop began operating in 1850 as a family venture that is celebrated during an annual festival. Gillsville has a population of 300 residents.

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