City of Toccoa
|Doyle Street in historic downtown Toccoa is teeming with activity of a beautiful early fall afternoon
The City of Toccoa originated in 1873, and can be traced back to the development of a coaling station for the Atlanta to Charlotte Railroad after the Civil War. Toccoa, the county seat of Stephens County, was incorporated on Feb. 26, 1875.
Prior to English settlement, Cherokee Indians occupied the area of Toccoa. Legend says, the Cherokee named the area "Toccoah" meaning "beautiful" in their language.
According to Census 2000 figures, Toccoa has 9,323 residents. The Georgia Mountains Regional Development Commission projects that by the year 2015, Toccoa's population will rise to about 14,000. The total population of Stephens County in 2000 was 25,435.
Toccoa is a regional medical center for a five-county area. Medical facilities include the fully equipped Stephens County Hospital, 24-hour emergency services, a managed-care center, Toccoa Clinic, the full range of diagnostic services, and numerous physician specialties and family practitioners and a professionally staffed health department.
Toccoa has more than 75 national and local stores, an award winning Historic Downtown, and suburban shopping centers. Toccoa's range of services attracts and supports a diverse economic base of 60 industries and more than 400 businesses and retail outlets. Stephens County serves as the major employment and retail center for a five-county area.
With homes in the $50,000-$250,000 range Toccoa offers a variety of in-town and subdivision living. One-and two-bedroom apartments are also available; rental rates range from $300-$500 per month. Toccoa's building codes and community planning efforts are designed to assure quality housing for all residents. Large acreage and lakefront homes and sites are also available within minutes of downtown Toccoa.
Toccoa, the Heart of Northeast Georgia, is steeped in history and has much to offer visitors. Traveler's Rest State Historic Site in Toccoa is an 18th century stagecoach inn plantation constructed around the 1830s. This site was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Another favorite attraction in Toccoa is Currahee Mountain, an outlying peak of the Blue Ridge chain that rises 1,874 feet above sea level.
Toccoa has earned numerous awards, including:
- An All-American City by National Municipal League
- Governor’s All-Georgia Community by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
- Toccoa Stephens 2000 - International City Management Association Award for Excellence in Citizen Participation
- Georgia Certified City by Georgia Department of Community Affairs
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce "Stay and See Georgia" Award
- Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful
- Georgia Municipal Association City Innovations Achievement Awards
- American Public Gas Association Marketing Award winner
- Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association Public Education Award winner
City Municipal Building
92 North Alexander Street
Toccoa, GA 30577
Learn more about Toccoa at www.CityofToccoa.com