Melinda Lemmon, Executive Director, Cartersville-Bartow Economic Development, 404.218.2180,

Cost of Doing Business

Cost of Doing Business Comparison

Bartow County vs. Comparison Areas (Metro Atlanta Area, Georgia and the United States)

Overall Cost of Doing Business Index Comparisons include Labor Costs, Real Estate Costs, Utility Costs, & Overall Taxation.

Cost of Doing Business Factor

Bartow County Index vs.
Comparison Area

Average Costs Percentage Difference (%):
Bartow County vs. Comparison Area

Bartow County Index vs.
Atlanta Metro Area


Bartow County's Overall Cost of Doing Business is 4% Lower than the Atlanta Metro Area

Bartow County Index vs.


Bartow County's Overall Cost of Doing Business is 3% Lower than the State of Georgia

Bartow County Index vs.
United States


Bartow County's Overall Cost of Doing Business is 7% Lower than the National Average


Bartow County vs. the comparison area Cost of Doing Business Comparison: Completed in May 2020 with 2018 and 2019 data.

Index Note: With the comparison area average set to 100 as the basis for the scale, a Bartow County index value below 100 means that Bartow County’s costs are relatively cheaper/lower than the comparison area average. A Bartow County index value above 100 means that Bartow County’s costs are relatively more expensive/higher than the comparison area average.

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Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CoStar, Georgia Department of Revenue, U.S. Census Bureau.



The following is a breakdown of locally assessed taxes:


2020  Effective Property Taxes

Real and personal property in Bartow County is assessed on 40 percent (40%) assessed value.  The assessed value is then multiplied by the total mill rate for the jurisdiction to calculate the tax bill.


Step 1:  Sample Tax Calculation:  $1,000 Assessed Value x 40% = $400
Step 2: Using unincorporated Bartow:  $400 x 0.027470 = $10.99
  • Bartow County Unincorporated, 0.027470 mills = $10.99
  • City of Cartersville, 0.028216 mills = $11.29
  • City of Adairsville, 0.031259 mills = $12.50
  • City of Emerson, 0.030442 mills = $12.18
  • City of Euharlee, 0.030262 mills = $12.10
  • Cities of Kingston, Taylorsville, & White, 0.028610 mills = $11.44


Bartow County's sales tax rate is 7%:
  • 4% State
  • 1% Local E-SPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax)
  • 1% Local SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax)
  • 1% Local LOST (Local Option Sales Tax)

Sales tax is not applicable to water or sewer services.

The State's 4% sales tax on energy used in the manufacturing process has been eliminated, made possible by Georgia HB386.


Hotel / Motel Tax

Overnight visitors to Bartow County will pay sales tax, and Hotel/Motel Tax.
  • City of Cartersville – Hotel/Motel Tax: 8%
  • Bartow County – Hotel/Motel Tax: 8%
  • City of Adairsville – Hotel/Motel Tax: 8%


Recent News

Read about the latest news and announcements.

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Dec 07, 2023 | Anheuser-Busch celebrates $13 million investment in Cartersville brewery.
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Nov 13, 2023 | Georgia Deal of the Year awarded to Bartow project.
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Nov 03, 2023 | Switch’s plan for new $772 million data center will boost investment in Bartow.
By: John Druckenmiller A $772 million data center identified as a “north campus” for an even larger complex in Douglas…

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Melinda Lemmon
Executive Director
Cartersville-Bartow Economic Development

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Matthew Thomas, 770.607.1198