Introduction to Commerce, Georgia

Located in Jackson county, Commerce, Georgia, is 17 miles N of Athens, Georgia (center to center) and 62 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is home to 5,292 residents.

Commerce History

The original inhabitants of what is now the city of Commerce were the Creek and Cherokee tribes. The white settlers first arrived in Commerce on January 20, 1784. The first person to receive a land grant in the area was William Dunson, a German immigrant. He named the area Groaning Rock. In 1808, Eli Shankle built a trading post near Groaning Rock and named it Harmony Grove. Harmony Grove was officially incorporated as a town on December 24, 1884. On August 6, 1904, Harmony Grove was reincorporated as Commerce.

Commerce and nearby Attractions

  • Crawford W. Long Museum
  • Church-Waddel-Brumby House
  • Georgia Museum of Art
  • Taylor-Grady House
  • Fort Yargo State Park

Things To Do In Commerce

The area is home to various local museums, such as the Crawford W. Long Museum and Georgia Museum of Art. The Crawford Museum displays artifacts highlighting the life of the renowned physician, Dr. Crawford W. Long. The federal-style Church-Waddel-Brumby House and the Greek-style Taylor-Grady House are the two popular historic sites. The city also features a number of eateries such as the Checkers Drive-In restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, and Burger King.

Commerce Transportation

Anderson Regional Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Commerce Higher Education

Higher education is available at University of Georgia, Gainesville College, and Gwinnett Technical College.


Total Population 6,575
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,572
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $44,328
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 17.3%
Median Gross Rent $785
Median House Value $104,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 11.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Commerce Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles N of Athens, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 30529, 30530
Company Zip Codes 30599
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.203
Longitude -83.457

Commerce Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
Station WINDER 1 SSE
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Station ELBERTON 2 N
Distance 34.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 44 to 73 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Homer 1,343 $53,333
Ila 428 $35,417
Jefferson 9,771 $62,923
Maysville 2,215 $39,356
Nicholson 1,587 $47,500
Pendergrass 464 $41,875

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Commerce Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(706) 335-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Commerce High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 359 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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