Charlton County is committed to building a community that offers the amenities of a metropolitan area while maintaining small town warmth and friendliness.
Residents and visitors enjoy a pleasant climate for the majority of the year. Average temperatures range from 39°-69°F (4°-20°C) in January and 70°-92°F (21°-33°C) in July. Winters are short and mild.
Charlton County is 783 square miles. The most timbered county in Georgia, Charlton boasts more than 98% of its area in woodlands.
Major attractions in Charlton County are the Okefenokee Swamp, Floyds Island Hammock (aka Hebard Cabin), the Folkston Train Depot and the “Folkston Funnel” Train Viewing Platform (“Train Watching at its Best”), the Okefenokee Education and Research Center, and The William Mizell House.
All of CSX’ trains moving to Florida (except the few trains that go west) must pass through the Folkston Funnel. There are also eight Amtrak trains passing through the Funnel each day: four southbound and four northbound. The Auto Train is one of these. It originates in Sanford, FL, and terminates in Lorton, VA. The Tropicana Juice Train moves from Bradenton, FL, to Kearney, NJ, five nights a week.
You’ll want to know more about Charlton County's demographics, incentives and taxes, workforce and employers, educational opportunities, transportation options, and available sites and buildings as you consider us as a location for your business. After exploring this site, please contact us for more details and assistance with establishing or growing your business here.
Charlton County Demographics
The population of Charlton County (including its cities) is about 10,848. It was about 10,282 in 2000, 8,500 in 1990 and 7,300 in 1980, so it has been growing steadily though not dramatically. Median household income is about $39,270 per year; average weekly wage is $511.
Charlton County’s cost of living is 73.77, which is more than 20 points less than the U.S. average of 100. The median home value in Charlton County is $68,900.
Charlton County Taxes and Incentives
Charlton County offers state and local incentives, a pro-growth government, and land available for
development. Several sites in the county have available water, sewer and electric capacity to support large developments.
PROPERTY TAXES: Effective tax rates combine city, county, school, and state tax rates into one convenient figure - the annual tax for each $1,000 of property at its fair market value. This rate applies to all property: land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and inventory.
SALES TAXES: City and county have 3% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.
INVENTORY (Freeport): Folkston exempts 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation. Charlton County exempts 100% on classes 1 and 3.
JOB TAX CREDIT: Tier: 1, Amount: $3,500 as of 2009