Covington, Georgia

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Covington, Georgia
City
Built in 1884, the historic Newton County Courthouse located in Covington, Georgia
Built in 1884, the historic Newton County Courthouse located in 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 and the county seat of Newton County, Georgia.[4] It is located 35 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. As of 2012, its population was 13,347.

History[edit]

Covington was founded and incorporated in 1822 as the seat of the newly formed Newton County.[5] Covington was named for United States Army Brigadier General and United States Congressman Leonard Covington,[6] 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 the Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District, both 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 districts have an ordinance that regulates changes made to their properties, 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 it is a vital part of Covington's history. The Starrsville Historic District, site of the historic settlement of Starrsville, is in the exurban area around Covington. The Newton County Courthouse, brick store, and Salem campground 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[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,121
1880 1,415 26.2%
1890 1,823 28.8%
1900 2,062 13.1%
1910 2,697 30.8%
1920 3,203 18.8%
1930 3,203 0.0%
1940 3,900 21.8%
1950 5,192 33.1%
1960 8,167 57.3%
1970 10,267 25.7%
1980 10,586 3.1%
1990 10,026 −5.3%
2000 11,547 15.2%
2010 13,118 13.6%
Est. 2014 13,667 [8] 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

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 pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of fourteen elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an elementary theme school, and a charter school.[10] The district has 853 full-time teachers and over 20,681 students.[11]

Private education[edit]

  • Grace Christian Academy -- www.gcacovington.org
  • Montessori School of Covington
  • Providence Classical 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[15]

In film and television[edit]

Covington has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies since the early 1970s."[16]

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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 225. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 94. 
  7. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". NOAA. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 24, 2010. Archived July 2, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  12. ^ Dekalb Technical College, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Georgia Perimeter College- Newton Campus, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  14. ^ Oxford College of Emory University, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  15. ^ Mystic Falls Tours
  16. ^ IMDb: Most Popular Titles With Filming Locations Matching "Covington,Georgia"
  17. ^ Scott, A. O. (December 24, 2014), "2014 film entitled Selma chronicles 1965 civil rights march", The New York Times, retrieved May 26, 2015 
  18. ^ 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...
  19. ^ The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) - IMDb
  20. ^ Covington News
  21. ^ The Accountant (2001) - IMDb
  22. ^ The Vampire Diaries (TV series 2009– ) - IMDb
  23. ^ Halloween II (2009) - IMDb
  24. ^ In the Heat of the Night (TV series 1988–1995) - IMDb
  25. ^ The Family That Preys (2008) - IMDb
  26. ^ The Dukes of Hazzard (TV series 1979–1985) - IMDb
  27. ^ False Face (1977) - IMDb
  28. ^ Kalifornia (1993) - IMDb
  29. ^ The Cannonball Run (1981) - IMDb
  30. ^ Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004) - IMDb
  31. ^ Madea's Family Reunion (2006) - IMDb
  32. ^ Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) - IMDb
  33. ^ Run Ronnie Run (2002) - IMDb
  34. ^ a b Sweet Home Alabama (2002) - IMDb
  35. ^ Three Wishes (TV series 2005– ) - IMDb
  36. ^ Miss Evers' Boys (TV 1997) - IMDb
  37. ^ Past the Bleachers (TV movie 1995) - IMDb
  38. ^ I'll Fly Away (TV series 1991–1993) - IMDb
  39. ^ Grass Roots (TV 1992) - IMDb
  40. ^ Get Low (2009) - IMDb
  41. ^ Little Darlings (1980) - IMDb
  42. ^ The Fighting Temptations (2003) - IMDb
  43. ^ Resting Place (TV 1986) - IMDb
  44. ^ A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) - IMDb
  45. ^ Fled (1996) - IMDb
  46. ^ Flash (TV 1997) - IMDb
  47. ^ Savannah (TV series 1996–1997) - IMDb
  48. ^ A Man Called Peter (1955) - IMDb
  49. ^ Boycott (TV 2001) - IMDb
  50. ^ Dangerous Calling (2008) - IMDb
  51. ^ Coward of the County (TV 1981) - IMDb
  52. ^ False River (2005) - IMDb
  53. ^ The Price of a Broken Heart (TV 1999) - IMDb
  54. ^ Wayward Son (1999) - IMDb
  55. ^ The Prize Fighter (1979) - IMDb
  56. ^ Door to Door (1985) - IMDb
  57. ^ A Father's Homecoming (TV 1988) - IMDb
  58. ^ TV Road Trip (TV 2002) - IMDb
  59. ^ Turbulence! (Video 2004) - IMDb
  60. ^ The Spy/Fancy Dress (Video 2004) - IMDb
  61. ^ Fly By (2009) - IMDb
  62. ^ Boxed In (2005) - IMDb
  63. ^ Autorequiem (2002) - IMDb
  64. ^ My Cousin Vinny (1992) - IMDb
  65. ^ Footloose (2011) - IMDb

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