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Adel, Georgia
Adel City Hall, 2012
Adel City Hall, 2012
Location in Cook County and the state of Georgia
Location in Cook County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Cook
 • Total 9.46 sq mi (24.50 km2)
 • Land 9.30 sq mi (24.09 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
240 ft (73 m)
 • Total 5,571
 • Density 599.03/sq mi (231.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-00576
GNIS feature ID 0354262

The city of Adel is the county seat of Cook County, Georgia, United States, located fifty-two miles (84 km) southeast of Albany. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 5,571.


The original name of the city was Puddleville. The city's first postmaster, Joel "Uncle Jack" Parrish, wanted to change the name of the city. It is believed that he saw the name "Philadelphia" on a croaker sack and struck out the first and last four letters to create the present name of Adel.

The Georgia Southern and Florida Railway arrived into Adel in the 1880s. Adel was incorporated as a town in 1889.

On January 22, 2017, a wave of thunderstorms and tornadoes travelled through Adel, ultimately killing 14 during the January 21–22, 2017, tornado outbreak. Sunshine Acres, a local mobile home park near Adel, experienced extreme damage with over 20 homes destroyed and others damaged; 7 residents were killed and an unknown number were injured or displaced.


Adel is located just south of the center of Cook County at 31°8′18″N 83°25′33″W / 31.13833°N 83.42583°W / 31.13833; -83.42583 (31.138466, -83.425944). It is bordered to the north by Sparks. U.S. Route 41 passes through the center of town as Hutchinson Avenue, and Interstate 75 passes through the western side of the city, with access from Exit 39. Valdosta is 26 miles (42 km) to the south, and Tifton is 23 miles (37 km) to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Adel has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2), of which 8.1 square miles (20.9 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 2.21%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 527
1900 721 36.8%
1910 1,902 163.8%
1920 1,720 −9.6%
1930 1,796 4.4%
1940 2,134 18.8%
1950 2,776 30.1%
1960 4,321 55.7%
1970 4,972 15.1%
1980 5,592 12.5%
1990 5,093 −8.9%
2000 5,307 4.2%
2010 5,334 0.5%
2020 5,571 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,307 people, 1,958 households, and 1,335 families residing in the city. The population density was 674.1 people per square mile (260.4/km2). There were 2,164 housing units at an average density of 274.9 per square mile (106.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 47.97% White, 48.92% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.79% of the population.

There were 1,958 households, out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.4% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,908, and the median income for a family was $27,318. Males had a median income of $25,927 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,425. About 23.5% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.6% of those under age 18 and 29.2% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Adel has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Cook County School District

The Cook County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 188 full-time teachers and over 3,215 students.

  • Cook Primary School
  • Cook Elementary School
  • Cook Middle School
  • Cook High School


Adel is served by the Cook County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Ray McKinnon – actor and producer
  • Kaleb Cowart – baseball player (LA Angels 2015-2019)
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