If you could choose to live in one place on earth that has a sense of peace and at the same time progress … of preservation of its rural heritage with opportunities for growth … of great communities to raise kids with stimulating business environments … that place would be Northeast Georgia’s Madison County.

Just 15 minutes from the home of the University of Georgia in Athens, and an easy drive from the metropolitan cities of Atlanta and Greenville, South Carolina, Madison County offers the quality of quiet life. Lush pastures and rolling hills, acres of natural pine and hardwood forests, peaceful streams and rocky rivers surround six small towns. There you will find tree-lined streets and old-fashioned neighborhood charm.

Madison County has an area of 285 square miles in the beautiful Piedmont Plateau of Northeast Georgia, where the average annual temperature is a mild 63 degrees.

The population of Madison County as of 2017 is 28,120 citizens.

None of the county’s six cities is large enough to be classified as urban by census standards. Life in small towns and rural communities can be slow-paced and leisurely. However, the big attractions of Atlanta are just eighty miles away.

Seventeen miles south of Danielsville, the county seat, is Athens-Clarke County, home of the University of Georgia. Many Madison County residents commute there daily for jobs, shopping, or educational opportunities.