About Villa Rica

Villa Rica is known as the City of Gold where arts and culture are at the heart and soul of the community. The city boasts the first Gold Strike in Georgia and that history is captured daily at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum at Stockmar Park, the historical landmark for the city.

Villa Rica is where you can experience the feel of an old mercantile or stroll along our raised sidewalks, dotted with crepe myrtles, and choose from a variety of shops and restaurants. Enjoy our Historic Downtown with its authentic architecture and be sure to stop by and view the architecture of Wick’s Tavern, the oldest commercial structure in West Georgia. Visit the Pine Mountain Gold Museum where you can walk the trails where miners walked, pan for gold and gems, and enjoy the museum and documentary film, all in one location!  No matter what you’re looking for, you can still discover gold in Villa Rica!

Located just 35 miles west of downtown Atlanta, Villa Rica is conveniently located just off Interstate 20.  Jobs, a relatively low cost of living and access to healthcare and excellent schools are responsible for the city’s 5.1 percent population growth since the 2010 census. The city is currently experiencing an uptick in growth with an average of 24 persons moving to Villa Rica each month thanks to new industry and the expansion of existing businesses throughout the community.

Villa Rica is a city on the move where residents take much civic pride in the community. The city recently broke ground on a new $4.8M public library that is being constructed on the Tanner Medical Center Campus along Dallas Highway as a joint project with the West Georgia Regional Library System.  The 16,370 sq. ft. building is expected to be open to the public in June 2016. Villa Rica also recently purchased 13.44 acres of land abutting the Villa Rica Civic Center & Sports Complex (V-Plex) for new ball fields as well as 75.48 acres of land off Georgia Highway 101 - Rockmart Road for future economic development.

A key strategy in economic development has been the expansion of existing businesses and industry in Villa Rica. Tanner Health System recently announced some $40M in new construction and renovations on the Villa Rica campus, including a three-story, 25,000 sq. ft. building to house new services and provides room for expansion of current offerings.

Sugar Foods Corporation recently penned a deal for the 60-year-old food products company to invest more than $30M into an addition at its Industrial Park location. The proposed expansion is expected to result in 100 new jobs. And the Southwire Company – the nation’s largest maker of wire and cable – is also expanding its operations in Villa Rica with plans to increase employment in the area by 60 jobs.  A number of other economic development deals are in the works and are expected to be announced soon.

Thanks to the leadership of Mayor J. Collins and the Villa Rica City Council, the city is in great financial health and is debt free with the exception of approximately $34M in revenue bonds for the waste water treatment plan. The city’s $10M operating budget is much more than a financial document; it is the city’s vision statement and policy document. Villa Rica’s priority is to always to be good stewards of the public’s tax dollars residents pay to run our great city.

Villa Rica is rich in history and is home to Coca-Cola legend Asa Candler and Gospel Music founder Thomas A. Dorsey. The city has gained notoriety of late from such hometown celebrities as Boston Celtic Jae Crowder and comedian (and Season 8 winner of The Last Comic Standing) Rod Man. If you’re looking to improve your quality of life, Villa Rica is where you want to call home.  We are VR!