Dade County is located in Georgia's extreme northwestern corner and covers 174 square miles. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 16,098. The county seat is Trenton. Dade County is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the 2010 Census, there were 16,633 people residing in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 94.3 percent White, 1.9 percent Hispanic or Latino of any race, 1.4 percent Black or African American, 0.1 percent Native American, 0.8 percent Asian, 0.1 percent Pacific Islander, and 1.3 percent of two or more races.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,797, and the per capita personal income was $26,057.

Points of Interest
The 2,120-acre Cloudland Canyon State Park is located in Dade County. Encompassing a deep gorge cut by Sitton Gulch Creek, the park has several ridges and valleys ideal for hiking and camping.

In the late 1890s Dade County built a new courthouse, jail, and library in downtown Trenton. The current courthouse, a 1926 brick structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, stands at the center of the town square.

Interstate 59 bisects the county, passing through a scenic valley between the Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain plateaus.

Annual Events
Several annual events highlight life in Dade County. Dade County Days feature "down home" food, crafts, and entertainment each May in Trenton. The New Salem Mountain Festival welcomes visitors to the county twice a year, in May and October, and features music, dancing and handmade arts and crafts.

Trenton joins The World's Longest Yard Sale each August. It's a sale like no other — nearly 700 miles of yard sales, antiques dealers, flea markets, garage sales, church bazaars and barn sales. The event starts in Gadsden, Ala., and follows the Lookout Mountain Parkway and U.S. 127 Corridor to Hudson, Mich..

You will find everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishwares, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, food vendors, live entertainment and so much more. Combined, the Lookout Mountain Parkway and the 127 Corridor have had as many as 5,000 vendors lined along the 675 mile scenic yard sale route in past years and future weekends promise to be even bigger.  The sale always starts on the first Thursday in August and continues through Sunday.


Community Overview

  • Dade County Population: 16,700
  • City of Trenton Population: 2,301
  • Number of Households: 6,300
  • Median Household Income: $41,629
  • Median Home Price: $112,800

Dade County School System

  • Student Population of 2,130
  • 2 Elementary Schools
  • 1 Middle School
  • 1 High School

Local Education Institutions

Regional Education Attainment

County Population 21 and Over H.S. Graduate or Higher % Bachelor's Degree or Higher %
Dade 11,914 81.5 16.9
Walker 50,021 77.7 13.9
Catoosa 45,630 82.2 17.8
Hamilton 248,219 86.2 27.8
Marion 10,270 74.9 14.8
Jackson 39,188 74.9 13.2