|Motto: "Small town feel. Urban access. Endless opportunities."|
Location in Jasper County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||3 sq mi (7.9 km2)|
|• Land||3 sq mi (7.8 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||679 ft (207 m)|
|• Density||809.3/sq mi (307.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0328830|
Monticello is the largest city and the county seat of Jasper County, Georgia , United States. The city includes historic buildings such as the Jasper County Courthouse (Monticello, Georgia), Monticello High School (Monticello, Georgia) and the Monticello Historic District (Monticello, Georgia). The population was 2,428 at the 2000 census. It is sixty-one miles south of Atlanta. Monticello is the native home of many notable individuals.
Monticello was founded in 1808 as seat of the newly formed Jasper County. It was incorporated as a town in 1810 and as a city in 1901.
On January 14, 1915, about 100 white men of Monticello formed a lynch mob and lynched a black family of four, including two married women. They took Dan Barber, his son Jesse Barber, and two married daughters Bula and Ella (Barber) Charles from the county jail, where they had been put after being arrested for attacking the chief of police. He had challenged Dan Barber in his house for making liquor illegally. The mob shot and hanged each of the four.
Monticello is located at .(33.303247, -83.685766)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.66%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,428 people, 927 households, and 609 families residing in the city. The population density was 805.8 people per square mile (311.4/km²). There were 1,006 housing units at an average density of 333.9 per square mile (129.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 44.77% White, 53.50% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.17% of the population.
There were 927 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 79.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,058, and the median income for a family was $46,705. Males had a median income of $30,565 versus $21,793 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,743. About 16.9% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.6% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.
Jasper County School District
The Jasper County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of two elementary schools (K-2 & 3-5 respectively), a middle school, and a high school. The district has 132 full-time teachers and over 2,181 students.
- Jasper County Primary School
- Washington Park Elementary School
- Jasper County Middle School
- Jasper County High School
Piedmont Academy - K3-12, Co-ed, Member Georgia Independent School Association, Est. 1970
Notable natives and residents
- James Campbell[disambiguation needed], retired police officer and author of Beneath The Badge and Lords Of The Streets
- James B. Cobb, Jr. - Pop star and hit songwriter
- Willis Flournoy - Negro League baseball player
- Frederick Douglas Funderburg - Family doctor who served the county's citizens (first black, then both black and white) from 1922 to 1972.
- Douglas Harbin - Satirist and storyteller
- Buckshot Jones, NASCAR driver
- Ulysses Norris, University of Georgia football player; seven-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions (5 years) and Buffalo Bills (2 years)
- Timothy Pitts, Berry College professor and former Jacksonville State University professor
- Rob Evan - singer, actor in many Broadway musicals, including The Dream Engine
- Trisha Yearwood - Country singer
- Odell Thurman - University of Georgia and NFL football player
Representation in other media
- The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) had many scenes filmed in Monticello. The exteriors of buildings on the town square were remodeled to appear of the era of the movie.
- Many scenes of My Cousin Vinny (1992) were set at the courthouse and town square, and other scenes were also shot in town.
Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).
|Climate data for Monticello, Georgia|
|Average high °C (°F)||13
|Average low °C (°F)||1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||112
|Avg. precipitation days||9||8||9||7||8||9||10||9||7||5||6||8||95|
|Source: Weatherbase |
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