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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

2020 census

Adel racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,485 44.61%
White (non-Hispanic) 2,385 42.81%
Native American 9 0.16%
Asian 61 1.09%
Pacific Islander 2 0.04%
Other/Mixed 181 3.25%
Hispanic or Latino 448 8.04%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,571 people, 2,111 households, and 1,108 families residing in the city.


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)

See also

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