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Living in West Georgia

Location, location, location

A wonderful place to reside, west Georgia is located conveniently just a short drive away from downtown Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the largest shopping malls in the state (Arbor Place mall in Douglasville) and numerous parks and recreational opportunities.

West Georgia is a thriving, progressive community—home to a vibrant arts scene with plentiful art galleries and festivals, a regional university and other post-secondary schools, excellent public and private schools and a strong local economy.

Tanner Health System has healthcare facilities and/or practices in Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Paulding counties in Georgia and Cleburne County in Alabama. Tanner also serves area residents who live in Coweta and Polk counties in Georgia and Randolph County in Alabama. This nine-county region contains communities that offer small-town charm near a wide variety of recreational opportunities and big-city amenities, creating an exceptional quality of life.


The area offers a wealth of cultural, recreational and tourist attractions to suit any taste. From theatre to arts and crafts, golf to tennis, John Tanner State Park to Macintosh Reserve, you'll find it all here. Diverse activities include community theater, community chorus, community band, children's theatre, art exhibitions, a storytelling festival, violin classes, arts and crafts attractions and special musical performances.


West Georgia provides a variety of K through 12 and collegiate academic opportunities to area residents.

County and city school systems

Colleges and Universities

  • University of West Georgia
    Nearly 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees enroll at the University of West Georgia each year. Students enjoy a complete college life experience on the Carrollton campus, including residence hall living, intercollegiate athletics competitions and opportunities to get involved in more than 100 student organizations. Named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges and one of America’s Best Value Colleges, the University of West Georgia provides exceptional academic quality. Its 109 programs of study include 60 at the bachelor’s level, 45 at the master’s and specialist levels, two at the doctoral level and two at the post-master’s certificate level. UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • West Georgia Technical College
    West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, offers more than 90 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Technical College is among the fastest-growing technical colleges in the state. The college serves more than 10,000 students including credit enrollment, adult education, ESL classes, continuing education and corporate training.
  • Georgia Highlands College
    Georgia Highlands College has served the northwest Georgia community with a solid educational foundation for the first two years of college. Founded in 1970 as Floyd Junior College, GHC is a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia. It serves students who commute from throughout a large portion of northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Now enrolling about 3,800 students in transfer and career academic programs, Georgia Highlands College operates additional sites in Cartersville, Marietta and Carrollton.

Other colleges, universities and technical schools located near west Georgia:


With easy access to a number of state and local parks—many offering passive recreational opportunities—residents enjoy a sundry of recreational opportunities from nature trails to municipal athletic programs. Outdoor activities, including kayaking, boating, camping, hiking and more are all available locally, as are tennis courts, playground, skate parks, ball fields, bike paths and more.

The area also offers a large number of golf courses, including Sunset Hills, Mirror Lake, the Lion in Bremen, the Frog at the Georgian Resort, Fairfield Plantation, Chapel Hills and others. West Georgia’s abundant natural resources also make outdoor activities like hunting and fishing very attractive pastimes for those who enjoy them.


Long, warm summers and short, mild winters are enjoyed in communities throughout west Georgia. The average temperature for the year is a cool and comfortable 62.2 degrees.

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