Ellijay, GA
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Ellijay is a very small city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 1,680 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Ellijay is the 274th largest community in Georgia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ellijay is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ellijay is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Ellijay who work in food service (13.98%), office and administrative support (11.70%), and sales jobs (11.09%).

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ellijay has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ellijay has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ellijay than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ellijay may be for you.

Ellijay is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The citizens of Ellijay are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.42% of adults in Ellijay have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Ellijay in 2010 was $16,247, which is lower middle income relative to Georgia, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $64,988 for a family of four. Ellijay also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.98% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ellijay is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ellijay home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ellijay residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Ellijay also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ellijay include German, English, Scots-Irish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Ellijay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.

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