Cornelia, Georgia Information

Home to the world’s largest apple sculpture, the city of Cornelia lies in southern Habersham County, Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 4,160, which was a small increase over the prior 2000 census. The area was also a base of operation for production of the 1956 Disney film The Great Locomotive Chase that was filmed along the Tallulah Falls Railway that ran from Cornelia northward along the rim of Tallulah Gorge to Franklin, North Carolina. The county is bordered to the southwest by Baldwin and the east by Mount Airy and has a total area of four square miles, most all of which is land. The city is covered by a single zip code, 30531 and the area code is 706. Cornelia abounds in historical lore. Near the city is the Wofford Trail, on which many stagecoach robberies occurred. The last railroad holdup in Georgia took place at Cagle’s Crossing, which is a few miles south of Cornelia. Habersham County was extremely loyal to the Confederacy and was known, along with the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and countless other fertile, out-of-the-way places as the “breadbasket of the Confederacy”, as thousands of bushels of wheat and corn were supplied to the troops from this area alone. After the fall of Atlanta, a detachment of Sherman’s cavalry was sent to raid the county; but the Confederate Home Guard, made up of men too old for military duty, left the mountains on which Cornelia is situated and met the Yankee raiders at a narrow pass about four miles east of the town. By making considerable noise and stirring up clouds of smoke, they scared off the enemy and saved the area from complete devastation. Today this skirmish is remembered as “The Battle of the Narrows.” A few years after the war, a young school teacher named William Herschel Cobb and his wife Amanda settled near the site of this skirmish, and she gave birth in 1886 to one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Ty Cobb. Mr. Cobb returned to retire in the same area. The city’s only zip code is 30501 and the area code is 706.

Cornelia is ranked #348 in Georgia and #20,823 in the United States with a livability score of 62, which is in the 28th percentile. The city scored best for great weather and low cost of living. The average summer temperature is a comfortable 76 degrees, and the cost of living is six percent lower than the state of Georgia.

The Cornelia, GA overall crime rate is 47% higher than in comparison to the Georgia average; and is also 76% higher than compared to the national average. Looking at violent crime specifically, Cornelia, GA has a violent crime rate that is 11% lower than the Georgia average and 8% lower than the national average. For property crime, Cornelia, GA is 54% higher than the Georgia average and 89% higher than the national average.

Of the factors which are used to determine the livability index, Cordele does well in the areas of weather and cost of living. It scores poorly in the areas of Crime, Employment, Housing and Education.

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J.C. Irby is the Mayor for the City of Cornelia and he can be reached at 706-778-2091

City of Cornelia
181 Larkin Street
P.O. Box 785
Cornelia, GA 30531

Cornelia, Georgia Crime rates and statistics:

In 2016, the crime index in Cornelia, Georgia was 319.7 which was above the United States average of 280.5.

The total crime rate in Cornelia was 4,986 total crimes for every 100,000 residents, which is higher than the average in the state of Georgia with 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 persons, and higher than the national average of 2,837 total crimes for every 100,000 citizens.

The overall crime rate in Cornelia is 76% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 13.66 daily crimes that occur in Cornelia. Cornelia is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States. In Cornelia you have a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Cornelia has decreased by 2%.

According to our research of Georgia and other state lists there were 30 registered sex offenders living in Cornelia, Georgia as of May 31, 2018. The ratio of number of residents in Cornelia to the number of sex offenders is 143 to 1.

Cornelia, Georgia Police Department Address:

Cornelia Police Department
163 Larkin Street
PO Box 934
Cornelia, GA 30531

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The Chief of Police for the Cornelia Police Department is Chad Smith. Chief Smith can be reached at 706-778-4314.

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In 2016, there were 19 full-time law enforcement employees, 16 of whom were police officers. This means that in the year 2016 in there were 3.79 police officers for every 1,000 residents in Cordele, Georgia, while the state average in Georgia that same year was 2.50 officers for every 1,000 residents.

Open Records Request in Cornelia, Georgia:

For record requests in Cornelia, Georgia, you can check this site to see what records are available and to see where your records request is if you have requested one:

For records in Cornelia, Georgia, you should contact the City Clerk at 706-778-8585.

Janie N. Henderson
City Clerk/Secretary to the City Commission
181 Larkin Street
Cornelia, GA 30531

For records from different government agencies in Habersham County, Georgia:

David Wall, Clerk of Court
295 Llewellyn Street, Suite 110
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Phone: 706-839-0300
Fax: 706-839-6351

County Sheriff, Most Wanted, Warrant Information, Etc.

The Sheriff of Habersham County is Joey Terrell. Sheriff Terrell can be reached via email at

Habersham County Sheriff’s Office
1000 Detention Drive
Clarkesville, Georgia 30523
Phone: (706) 839-0500
Fax: (706) 839-1932

The Habersham County Detention Center houses inmates who are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to one year or less. Inmates are treated in a fair and professional manner as required by law and are provided programs such as GED, and Religious Programs.

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Habersham Detention Center
1000 Detention Drive
Clarkesville, Ga. 30523

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