|Motto: Home of the annual Day Lilly Festival|
Location in Jones County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)|
|• Land||2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||603 ft (183 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||3,268|
|• Density||1,400/sq mi (520/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0327996|
|Website||City web site|
It is part of the Macon Metropolitan Area.
Gray was founded in the 1850s and named for local resident James M. Gray. In 1905, the seat of Jones County was transferred to Gray.
Gray is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) is land and 0.41% is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,084 people, 939 households, and 496 families residing in the city. The population density was 748.8 people per square mile (288.9/km²). There were 713 housing units at an average density of 294.8 per square mile (113.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.6% White, 41.2% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.
There were 939 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $56,782 and the median income for a family was $46,313. Males had a median income of $37,167 versus $26,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,607. About 13.4% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
Government and Emergency services
Gray's City Council sets policy for the operations of the city, approves the city's annual budget, passes ordinances, and hears and acts on requests for zoning, rezoning, and annexation. The Mayor, Stephen Tingen, is the chief executive officer of the city, appoints the Judge, chairs the meetings and is the chief financial officer of the city. Gray is protected by many agencies, including the Gray Volunteer Fire Department, Gray Police Department (Adam Lowe, Chief), Jones County Sheriff's Office (Butch Reece, Sheriff), Jones County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management (Don Graham, Director)
Jones County School District
The Jones County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The district has 295 full-time teachers and over 5,014 students.
- Dames Ferry Elementary School
- Turnerwoods Elementary School
- Gray Elementary School
- Mattie Wells Elementary School
- Gray Station Middle School
- Clifton Ridge Middle School
- Jones County High School
- Maggie Califf Learning Complex/Ninth grade Academy
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