The 762 area code covers two separate areas of Georgia, the middle of the western part and the northern part of Georgia. This area includes the cities of Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, and LaGrange. Many of the cities located in the 762 area code boast large manufacturing industries. There are also a number of universities and colleges located within the 762 area code, including the University of Georgia. Since there is such a lively manufacturing industry throughout the 762 area code, there is not a large agricultural community, and many people living in and around the cities of Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, and LaGrange are blue-collar workers who work in the factories and plants that are in and around the aforementioned cities.
The most prominent of the dozens of Georgia counties that comprise the 762 area code are are Clarke, Columbia and Richmond, each having a signifigant legal community.
Economy and Social Community of the 762 Area Code
Many of the cities in the 762 area code are dependant on manufacturing, and related industries such as distribution. This dependency has lead to concentrated areas of urbanization with sparsely-populated areas in between, which has in turn lead to the consolidation of many cities with the unincorporated areas of their corresponding counties. By consolidating a city with the surrounding county, the city government is then able to govern and provide necessary services to the rest of the county. The consolidation often means that the land once used for agriculture is now being used primarily only for housing by employees of the manufacturing industry, since the residents no longer have to live in town to receive the benefit of being controlled by the city government.
Unfortunately, consolidation and growth of the manufacturing industry in northern and western Georgia have caused the cities in the 762 area code to have economies that are less diverse than the economies of other large cities in Georgia. However, the presence of colleges and universities has helped ensure that the cities of Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, and LaGrange maintain sizable white-collar communities.
While Athens is seen as a typical college town, the rest of the cities in the 762 area code are very family-oriented, hosting family-friendly events through the year and containing a number of attractions that appeal to children and families. Like much of the South, the cities of Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, and LaGrange all are proud of their colorful histories and have taken great care in preserving places and items of historical importance to each city. These cities are therefore full of well-maintained antebellum homes and unique reminders of the past, making them beautiful cities to live and work in.
Legal Economy and Community of the 762 Area Code
The overall legal community in the 762 area code is vibrant, in part because the University of Georgia School of Law is located within the area covered by the 762 area code. Due to the large presence of manufacturing plants in northern and western Georgia, there is a sizable legal community for the legal area of workers’ rights. The manufacturing industry has also created profitable practice areas for products liability, corporate law, trucking accidents, insurance, and other areas of law that are considered incidental to the manufacturing industry.
However, the majority of firms located in the 762 area code are medium to small-sized firms, as the largest firms in Georgia tend to be located in Atlanta, which is the largest city in Georgia and is at most only a few hours away from the cities of Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, and LaGrange by car.