Cost of Living in Henry CountyHenry County is a vibrant area of metro Atlanta, where the cost of living is one of many reasons it is attracting a young, vibrant workforce.
With the cost of living in the U.S. averaged at 100 on the Cost of Living Index, Henry County’s lower than average 95.2 index is also below Atlanta and other prominent Southeastern U.S. cities index scores.
Henry County offers all the lifestyle and cultural amenities of Atlanta – only 20 miles away – at a much more palatable cost.
HousingIn the 1990 and most of the 2000s, Henry County was one of the ten fastest growing counties in the U.S. and, by all accounts, this growth will continue well into the 21st Century attracting families, single adults and retirees.
The median sales price for new and existing homes sold in Henry County during the 4th quarter of 2013 was approximately $125,000.
From luxury condominiums or multi-family apartment homes to swim & tennis gated communities, and farms to executive estates, Henry County has a home for everyone. Local planned communities include live, work, play developments complete with high-speed Internet service; a “fly-in” community where residents park their planes in private hangars; the Eagle’s Landing, Heron Bay and Crystal Lakes golf course communities; and a vast array of other choices. Assisted living facilities and retirement communities are also located throughout the county.
Henry County is known for its ability to grow and build strong community with its 100 percent population growth between 1990 and 2000. Henry County was the tenth fastest-growing county in the U.S. with a 70.9 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010. And, per capita income rose dramatically, growing nearly 11 percent between 2000 and 2012. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Henry’s population grew to 211,128 in 2013, putting the county as the eighth most populous in Georgia and the seventh largest in the ten county Atlanta metro region. The Atlanta Regional Commission forecasts that Henry County will have the highest percent change in population in the region between 2000 and 2040, estimating Henry will add 239,111 residents and an estimated 63,818 new jobs.
In addition to Henry County’s stellar corporate and workforce offerings, the county is home to a vibrant tourism industry.
Only 20 miles from the attractions of downtown Atlanta and less than an hour from Macon, Henry is home to a mixture of historic Southern charm and bustling modern activities. Everyone on can find fun in Henry County from NASCAR fans, history buffs, animal lovers to outdoorsy types and die-hard shoppers. Henry’s easy access via Interstate 75 gives residents and visitors the convenience of plentiful dining choices, unique activities and shopping. Venture onto our back roads, however, and you’ll enjoy rolling, green pastures, quiet, leafy woodlands, cool breezes blowing off serene lakes and ponds, and quaint small towns.
Henry County is always abuzz with activity. Whether its sports tournaments or NASCAR racing, Independence Day celebrations or a haunted train depot, music in the park or hunting Easter eggs in the dark, it’s happening in Henry County.
NASCAR RacingHenry County is the proud home of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Located on 887 acres in Hampton, Ga., just 25 miles south of Atlanta, Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the country's top sports, corporate, family and entertainment facilities.
Since holding its first race in 1960, Atlanta Motor Speedway has become a premiere facility for multiple forms of racing in addition to a wide range of other events which have included concerts, family gatherings, business conventions and the Georgia State Fair.
Sports TournamentsHenry County hosts thousands of future sports stars each year at Henry County’s more than 74 championship quality recreation fields or the state of the art wheelchair sports facilities. More info.
Independence Day CelebrationsNash Farm, Atlanta Motor Speedway and McBrayer Park all host fantastic fireworks, live music and family-friendly events each July 4th. More info.
Great Weather, Great LocationHenry County features a moderate climate year-round, with little extreme. The coolest months are January and February (lows around 36°F and highs around 65°F); and the warmest months are July and August (lows around 80°F and highs up to 98°F).
Just south of downtown Atlanta, 30 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, less than a four-hour drive away from coastal beaches, and under two hours to the mountains, Henry’s location in the state of Georgia is ideal. With Henry’s temperate weather, you can plan trips ahead of time knowing that the airport rarely closes due to poor weather conditions.
Workforce & Training
Henry’s Got TalentToday’s competitive global marketplace demands that companies seek a location that will provide a qualified and available workforce. Henry County meets your most critical needs by supplying an area labor force of more than 600,000 skilled workers. With many of the nation's most renowned universities and technical schools - several of them located less than an hours driving distance - businesses that are labor intensive, as well as those that require highly technical training, will attract the best that Georgia has to offer in Henry County.
The metro Atlanta area and particularly Henry County hosts a multitude of higher education opportunities for lifelong learning. Here is a quick snapshot of the colleges and universities nearby:
Mercer University’s Regional Academic Center in McDonough offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees from one of the nation’s top private colleges.
DeVry University offers technical certificates as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees at its Henry County location.
Clayton State University, an institution of the University System of Georgia, is located in neighboring Clayton County and is steadily expanding its offering of undergraduate programs of study in Henry County.
Southern Crescent Technical College, whose main campus is located in neighboring Spalding County, is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and offers a wide range of technical certificates, diplomas and associates degrees. SCTC recently opened the first building of its satellite campus located in Henry County.
The University of Phoenix, McDonough Learning Center in McDonough, Georgia offers on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students including programs in public administration, health care and information technology.
Gordon State College, whose main campus is located in Barnesville, GA also has a Henry County presence with its McDonough Campus. Gordon State College is a residential college that offers four year degrees as well as fully transferable associate-level concentrations of study.
TrainingGeorgia offers a number of assistance programs, including Quick Start, to qualifying companies locating or expanding in Georgia, many at no charge.
The Quick Start program is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed workforce development program. This program helps companies maintain a competitive advantage by preparing workers for skill sets needed tomorrow as well as today. Some key facts:
A Quick Start training regimen is shaped specifically for the skills that a company is looking to develop in its employees
Training is conducted in classrooms, mobile labs or onsite at the company
Quick Start is provided at no charge by the Technical College System of Georgia
The program is versatile: Quick Start has prepared workers to assemble intricate aircraft components, grow bacteria for vaccines, manufacture plastic and metal products and field inquiries from customers, by phone or online
Sylvan Grove Hospital is a 25-bed facility that has been serving the medical and health needs of Butts County residents for more than 50 years. As a Critical Access Hospital, Sylvan Grove Hospital can provide initial inpatient care and treatment for illnesses and injuries.
Other services include a 24-hour emergency room, center for rehabilitation services, outpatient diagnostic tests, physical, occupational and speech therapy, occupational medicine and worker’s compensation services and respiratory therapy.