Traffic on Gaines Street will be temporarily detoured today (May 6th) while city workers repair a sinkhole. The detour will still allow traffic to and from each residence.

City Hall
102 East Liberty St.
P.O. Box 9
Washington, GA 30673


(706) 678-3277




Business Services


Economic Development




City of Washington Economic Development

Contact: Janet Parker

Director of Economic Development | 706-990-0000

The City of Washington and Wilkes County is an ideal place to live and to operate a business. Robust infrastructure, proximity to large metropolitan areas, low cost of living, and the kind of small-town charm that adds to your quality of life. Washington and Wilkes County is the perfect location for businesses and industries large and small.

Let’s start with what we can do for you.

We have many levels of business assistance available. Check out local, state, and federal incentives here.

Wilkes County Demographics

We have the space, we have the people, and we have the quality of life to help your operations thrive.


Wilkes County


18 Years & Older


Wilkes County


City of Washington



Wilkes County Area


Total Population in Wilkes County Area


Cost of Living

Cost of Living Index

17.8% lower than the national average

Housing Cost

31% below national average
31% below
national average

Median Home Value

51% lower than state average

Avg. Medical Care Spending

nearly $500 less than state avereage
$500 less
than state average

Property Taxes

Ranking out of all Georgia counties

118 out of 159

Avg. tax compared to statewide

$1,260 vs $2,288

Quality of Life

Beautiful Southern climate is 5th warmest state in U.S.

Classic small town centrally located to metro areas of Atlanta, Athens, Augusta

Just a few hours from the beaches of Georgia and South Carolina

Multiple lakes within an hour’s drive

Cost of Living Income

Median Household Income


Per Capita Income

national 2019


Robust Public Education System

Graduation Rate

Miles from The University of Georgia

45 miles

Miles from Athens Technical College Elberton Campus

32 miles

Miles to Athens Technical College Greensboro Campus

30 miles


Miles to Augusta, Ga.

52 miles

Miles to Atlanta, Ga.

90 miles

Miles to Athens, Ga.

45 miles

Miles to International Container Seaport in Savannah

< 200 miles


Served by robust rail system

Served by extensive state highway system and interstate system

Short drive to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Augusta Regional Airport, home to Washington-Wilkes County Airport

Learn More

If you would like to discuss your business options with an economic development expert, please contact one of our team.

Janet Parker is Economic Development Director for the Wilkes County Payroll Development Authority. Janet may be contacted at 770-324-7241 or at

Brittany Buttrey is Main Street / Economic Development Director for the City of Washington. Brittany may be contacted at 706-678-3277 or

The Community Development Manager position is currently vacant. The City of Washington is accepting applications. The Community Development Director provides housing counseling, housing development assistance, and energy efficiency assistance. Please direct inquires to

Robert Vick is the Director of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. The Chamber is the voice of business for our community. If you are looking to be a successful business in the City of Washington or a great place to visit, we have many wonderful venues! Please visit for more information, or drop by their office at 26 W. Square, Washington, GA 30673.

The Chamber of Commerce is at 706-678-2013 or