Locust Grove, Georgia

Coordinates: 33°20′44″N 84°6′18″W / 33.34556°N 84.10500°W / 33.34556; -84.10500
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Locust Grove, Georgia
Locust Grove City Hall
Locust Grove City Hall
Location in Henry County and the state of Georgia
Location in Henry County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°20′44″N 84°6′18″W / 33.34556°N 84.10500°W / 33.34556; -84.10500
CountryUnited States
 • Total11.78 sq mi (30.51 km2)
 • Land11.59 sq mi (30.02 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total8,947
 • Density771.89/sq mi (298.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code770/678/470
FIPS code13-47140[2]
GNIS feature ID0332253[3]

Locust Grove is a city in Henry County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,402 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 2,322 in 2000. Some unincorporated communities such as Luella and many rural areas surround Locust Grove, and those communities have Locust Grove postal addresses.

Locust Grove has experienced a growth in population and in businesses coming into the area. In 1900 the population of the city was 254 and is now over 5,000.


The community was named for a grove of locust trees near the original town site.[5] Georgia General Assembly incorporated Locust Grove in 1893.[6]


Locust Grove's water tower as seen from Georgia State Route 42

Locust Grove is located in southern Henry County at 33°20′44″N 84°6′18″W / 33.34556°N 84.10500°W / 33.34556; -84.10500 (33.345499, -84.104991).[7] U.S. Route 23 passes through the center of town, leading north 7 miles (11 km) to McDonough, the county seat, and southeast 10 miles (16 km) to Jackson. Interstate 75 passes through the western portion of Locust Grove, with access from Exit 212 (Bill Gardner Parkway). I-75 leads northwest 36 miles (58 km) to downtown Atlanta and southeast 49 miles (79 km) to Macon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28.1 km2), of which 10.7 square miles (27.6 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2), or 1.67%, are water.[4]

The unincorporated community of Luella, located 5 miles (8 km) west of the city, uses a "Locust Grove" mailing address.

Major highways[edit]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2020 census[edit]

Locust Grove racial composition[9]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,125 34.93%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,627 51.72%
Native American 10 0.11%
Asian 140 1.56%
Pacific Islander 4 0.04%
Other/Mixed 431 4.82%
Hispanic or Latino 610 6.82%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,947 people, 2,571 households, and 1,837 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,322 people, 817 households, and 637 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,089.5 inhabitants per square mile (420.7/km2). There were 863 housing units at an average density of 404.9 per square mile (156.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.00% White, 14.38% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.

There were 817 households, out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,188, and the median income for a family was $46,042. Males had a median income of $32,094 versus $22,845 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,120. About 5.6% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Tanger Outlet Center opened for business in the fall of 1994. Since that time many new businesses have made Locust Grove their home. Tanger Outlet Center tenants include Coach, J.Crew, Jones New York, Liz Claiborne, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Pac Sun, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Aeropostale, Jockey, Eddie Bauer, Nike and more.

Locust Grove is also home to Noah's Ark, a non-profit preserve and rehabilitation facility home to more than 1,000 animals. A group home sharing the site was previously licensed by the state of Georgia to provide residential care for up to 24 children but has since closed.

Locust Grove has a platform for watching the Norfolk Southern line that runs parallel to State Route 42/US Highway 23. It is equipped with a scanner radio that allows visitors to the platform to listen in to the local railroad frequency, which broadcasts out of the defect detector in nearby Jenkinsburg.








  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Locust Grove city, Georgia". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2017.[dead link]
  5. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 135. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ "Our Town". City of Locust Grove. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 13, 2021.

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