Carrollton, Georgia's population has increased significantly over the last few decades. The population grew by 22.9 percent between 2000 and 2010. Researchers estimate that it grew an additional 9.4 percent between 2010 and 2014.
According to the 2010 Census, Carrollton's median household income is slightly under $33,392. The per capita income is $16,803. Georgia's per capita income is noticeably higher at $25,182, which is still about $3,000 less than the nation's per capita income. Luckily, Carrollton's cost of living index is about six percent cheaper than the national index.
An estimated 23.4 percent of Carrollton residents live below the poverty line. About 13 percent of the state's population lives below the poverty line.
Carrollton, GA Job Opportunities
Carrollton has a diverse economy with a large retail sector. Other communities in the area rely on Carrollton for much of their retail needs. Other important industries include healthcare, construction, agriculture and software development.
The county's public schools provide employment opportunities for teachers. University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College offer jobs to those with advanced degrees.
Insurance sales also offers employment opportunities thanks to entry-level positions at Aflac. Local insurance jobs tend to focus on the policy needs of businesses rather than individuals.
Carrollton, GA Employment Trends
Carrollton's unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in November 2007. This was slightly lower than the national unemployment rate. The Great Recession, however, caused unemployment to spike in the Carrollton area. Unemployment reached 11 percent in November 2009. It remained above 10 percent until the last quarter of 2011. The monthly national unemployment rate never broke 10 percent.
Carrollton's employment trends have improved over the last few years, but they have not returned to pre-recession rates. The city's unemployment rate is 6.8 percent. The national rate is around 5.5 percent.