Towns include: Winder
Job growth (2000-2006): 36.5%
Commuters settled in lovely Barrow County as a launching pad to get to the Atlanta-area job centers but are now finding their home the sometimes unwilling recipient of ancillary growth from their more congested neighbors. Textiles once dominated the local economy, but no more as housing and retail take over amid the prolonged population boom. Two massive highway projects will help support further growth.