Pickens County is a county located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. The county seat is Jasper. Pickens County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Georgia General Assembly passed an act on December 5, 1853 to create Pickens County from portions of Cherokee and Gilmer counties. Pickens received several more land additions from Cherokee (1869) and Gilmer Counties (1858 and 1863); however several sections of Pickens County have also been transferred to other counties: Dawson County (1857), Gordon County (1860), and Cherokee County (1870).
Pickens County has seen very rapid growth with the building of Georgia State Route 515, locally referred to as the ‘4 lane’. Many new businesses and residents continue to move to Pickens County. Pickens County is home the Georgia Marble Festival. Other notable peaks in Pickens County include Sharp Top Mountain and Sharp Mountain. One of the best viewpoints of Sharp Top Mountain is from Grandview Lake Dam on Grandview Road. The eastern half of Pickens County is located in the Etowah River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin (Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin). The western half of the county is located in the Coosawattee River sub-basin of the same larger ACT River Basin.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,945 and the median income for a family was $59,955. Males had a median income of $46,773 versus $34,394 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,892. About 8.9% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.