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Dahlonega, Georgia

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Emily Brandon, writing for U.S. News & World Report, says about Dahlonega, "the town gets its name from the Cherokee word talonega, meaning golden. A U.S. Branch Mint opened there in 1838, pumping out $6 million in gold coins—over $100 million in today's dollars...there's still some gold in the hills, but that hasn't driven up the cost of living in this Blue Ridge mountain town 70 miles north of Atlanta."






Dahlonega, Georgia Statistics




Median home value:


Age 65 or over:

11 percent

Cost of living:

0.3 percent below the U.S. average

Maximum state income tax:

6 percent

State sales tax:

4 percent

*Data from U.S. News & World Report article published June 3, 2007


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