Covington, Georgia

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Covington, Georgia
City
Newton County Courthouse (Built 1884), Covington, Georgia
Newton County Courthouse (Built 1884), Covington, Georgia
Location in Newton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Newton County and the state of Georgia
Covington is located in Metro Atlanta
Covington
Covington
Location of Covington in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°36′N 83°52′W / 33.600°N 83.867°W / 33.600; -83.867Coordinates: 33°36′N 83°52′W / 33.600°N 83.867°W / 33.600; -83.867
Country United States
State Georgia
County Newton
Area
 • Total 13.9 sq mi (35.9 km2)
 • Land 13.8 sq mi (35.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 13,347
 • Density 970/sq mi (370/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30014-30016
Area code(s) 470/678/770
FIPS code 13-20064[1]
GNIS feature ID 0355354[2]
Covington Historic District
Location Roughly Covington City S of US 278, Covington, Georgia
Built 1822
Architect Bruce and Morgan; Golucke, J.W., and Company, et al.
Architectural style Greek Revival, Second Empire, Italianate
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 98000969[3]
Added to NRHP August 06, 1998

Covington is a city in Newton County, Georgia. The population of Covington, Georgia in 2012 is 13,347. The growth of population from 2000 is +15.6%.[4] The city is the county seat of Newton County.[5] It is thirty-five miles southeast of Atlanta.

History[edit]

Covington was founded and incorporated in 1822 as the seat of the newly formed Newton County.[6] Covington was named for United States Army Brigadier General and United States Congressman Leonard Covington,[7] a hero of the War of 1812. The city grew with the advent of the railroad in 1845.

In 1864, General Sherman's troops marched through during their March to the Sea. Although the city was looted, several antebellum homes were spared.

Historic districts[edit]

The city of Covington encompasses two historic districts known as the Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District. These two districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The maps and materials describing these two districts are available for review through City Hall. The Covington Historic District contains Floyd Street and the downtown square. The North Covington Historic District contains, North Emory Street and Odum Street as its hub. Both the Covington Historic District and the North Covington District, has an ordinance that must be followed when changes are made to properties within the districts, and special permits may be required. The Covington Mill Village was not accepted, by the general public, to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, although the mill village is a vital part of Covington's history, but it does not have a specific ordinance to control changes, and may require permits. The Starrsville Historic District, site of the historic settlement of Starrsville, is nearby in the exurban area around Covington. The Newton County Courthouse, Brick Store, and Salem Camp Ground are separately NRHP-listed.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36 km2), of which 13.8 square miles (36 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.72%) is water. Climate: The climate of Covington is classified as humid subtropical.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,547 people, 4,261 households, and 2,906 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.2 people per square mile (324.0/km²). There were 4,542 housing units at an average density of 330.1 per square mile (127.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.55% White, 45.54% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.87% of the population.

There were 4,261 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,997, and the median income for a family was $36,408. Males had a median income of $29,622 versus $23,339 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,554. About 14.8% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Newton County School District[edit]

The Newton County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of fourteen elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, an elementary theme school, and a charter school.[8] The district has 853 full-time teachers and over 20,681 students.[9]

Private education[edit]

  • Grace Christian Academy
  • Montessori School of Covington
  • Providence Christian School
  • Peachtree Academy
  • Covington Academy
  • Woodlees Christian Academy

Higher education[edit]

Tourism events[edit]

  • Gaither's Plantation hosts a Fall Festival every year.
  • The Satsuki Garden Club conducts tours of historic houses in Covington every other Christmas.
  • The Vampire Diaries, Mystic Falls Tours.[13]

In film and television[edit]

Covington has been featured in many TV shows and movies since the 1970s. The city's nickname is Hollywood South.[14]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ Covington, Georgia Population History | 1990 - 2012
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 225. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 94. 
  8. ^ Georgia Board of Education[dead link], Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  9. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  10. ^ Dekalb Technical College, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  11. ^ Georgia Perimeter College- Newton Campus, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  12. ^ Oxford College of Emory University, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Mystic Falls Tour
  14. ^ IMDb: Most Popular Titles With Filming Locations Matching "Covington,Georgia"
  15. ^ American Reunion Movie | Official Site for American Reunion on Blu-ray | Own It NOW on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download | Watch The DVD Trailer, Photos & Pictures, Story, Plo...
  16. ^ The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) - IMDb
  17. ^ Covington News
  18. ^ The Accountant (2001) - IMDb
  19. ^ The Vampire Diaries (TV Series 2009– ) - IMDb
  20. ^ Halloween II (2009) - IMDb
  21. ^ In the Heat of the Night (TV Series 1988–1995) - IMDb
  22. ^ The Family That Preys (2008) - IMDb
  23. ^ The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series 1979–1985) - IMDb
  24. ^ False Face (1977) - IMDb
  25. ^ Kalifornia (1993) - IMDb
  26. ^ The Cannonball Run (1981) - IMDb
  27. ^ Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004) - IMDb
  28. ^ Madea's Family Reunion (2006) - IMDb
  29. ^ Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) - IMDb
  30. ^ Run Ronnie Run (2002) - IMDb
  31. ^ a b Sweet Home Alabama (2002) - IMDb
  32. ^ Three Wishes (TV Series 2005– ) - IMDb
  33. ^ Miss Evers' Boys (TV 1997) - IMDb
  34. ^ Past the Bleachers (TV Movie 1995) - IMDb
  35. ^ I'll Fly Away (TV Series 1991–1993) - IMDb
  36. ^ Grass Roots (TV 1992) - IMDb
  37. ^ Get Low (2009) - IMDb
  38. ^ Little Darlings (1980) - IMDb
  39. ^ The Fighting Temptations (2003) - IMDb
  40. ^ Resting Place (TV 1986) - IMDb
  41. ^ A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) - IMDb
  42. ^ Fled (1996) - IMDb
  43. ^ Flash (TV 1997) - IMDb
  44. ^ Savannah (TV Series 1996–1997) - IMDb
  45. ^ A Man Called Peter (1955) - IMDb
  46. ^ Boycott (TV 2001) - IMDb
  47. ^ Dangerous Calling (2008) - IMDb
  48. ^ Coward of the County (TV 1981) - IMDb
  49. ^ False River (2005) - IMDb
  50. ^ The Price of a Broken Heart (TV 1999) - IMDb
  51. ^ Wayward Son (1999) - IMDb
  52. ^ The Prize Fighter (1979) - IMDb
  53. ^ Door to Door (1985) - IMDb
  54. ^ A Father's Homecoming (TV 1988) - IMDb
  55. ^ TV Road Trip (TV 2002) - IMDb
  56. ^ Turbulence! (Video 2004) - IMDb
  57. ^ The Spy/Fancy Dress (Video 2004) - IMDb
  58. ^ Fly By (2009) - IMDb
  59. ^ Boxed In (2005) - IMDb
  60. ^ Autorequiem (2002) - IMDb
  61. ^ My Cousin Vinny (1992) - IMDb
  62. ^ Footloose (2011) - IMDb

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