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Covington, Georgia
Newton County Courthouse (1884)
Newton County Courthouse (1884)
Location in Newton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Newton County and the state of Georgia
Covington, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Covington, Georgia
Covington, Georgia
Location in Metro Atlanta
Country United States
State Georgia
County Newton
 • Total 15.94 sq mi (41.28 km2)
 • Land 15.70 sq mi (40.66 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)
741 ft (226 m)
 • Total 14,192
 • Density 904.12/sq mi (349.08/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 470/678/770
FIPS code 13-20064
GNIS feature ID 0355354
Website The City of Covington official site:
Covington Historic District
Covington, Georgia is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Covington, Georgia
Location in Georgia (U.S. state)
Covington, Georgia is located in the United States
Covington, Georgia
Location in the United States
Location Roughly Covington City S of US 278, Covington, Georgia
Built 1821
Architect Bruce and Morgan; Golucke, J.W., and Company, et al.
Architectural style Greek Revival, Second Empire, Italianate
NRHP reference No. 98000969
Added to NRHP August 6, 1998

Covington is a city in Newton County, Georgia, located 26 miles east of Atlanta. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 13,118.


Covington was founded by European Americans and incorporated in 1822 as the seat of the newly organized Newton County. Covington was named for United States Army Brigadier General and United States Congressman Leonard Covington, 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 they looted the city, destroying numerous buildings, several antebellum homes were spared.

Historic districts

The Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District within the city are 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 to preserve their character, regulating changes proposed for properties, and special permits may be required.

The Covington Mill Village is also a vital part of local 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.


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.



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%
2020 14,192 8.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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% Black, 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.

Tourism events

  • 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

In film and television

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

  • Selma, the 2014 drama film directed by Ava DuVernay, centering on the Selma to Montgomery marches and the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • American Reunion, a Universal movie series filmed partly in Newton High School. Released April 6, 2012.
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a Disney film starring Jennifer Garner and Ron Livingston. Filming wrapped in January 2011.
  • The Magic Eye, a NBC made-for-TV movie about high school football in small-town America. Scheduled to air in June 2011.
  • The Walking Dead- one of the opening scenes of the pilot episode was filmed on a rural road in unincorporated Newton County just outside Covington city limits.
  • The Accountant, a 2001 short film.
  • The Vampire Diaries, a teen drama on the CW network, began filming on July 21, 2009.
  • Halloween II, (2009) a reboot of the 1980s film series directed by Rob Zombie.
  • In the Heat of the Night, a television series from 1988 to 1995, as the fictional city of Sparta, Mississippi.
  • The Family That Preys, a 2009 film by Tyler Perry.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard, a TV series that was filmed in Covington and surrounding areas for half of the first season in 1978.
  • False Face, a 1977 film.
  • Kalifornia. a 1993 film starring Brad Pitt and David Duchovny, filmed at the old Crest Motel.
  • The Cannonball Run, filmed in 1981, starring Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise.
  • Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
  • Madea's Family Reunion (2006), filmed at Gaithers Plantation.
  • Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
  • Run Ronnie Run (2000)
  • Remember the Titans (1999)
  • Three Wishes (2005), episode 3
  • Miss Evers' Boys (1997 TV movie)
  • Past the Bleachers (1994)
  • The Oldest Living Confederate Widow (1993)
  • A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story (1993)
  • The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton (1992)
  • I'll Fly Away (1991–1992)
  • Grass Roots (1992)
  • Stay the Night (1991)
  • Carolina Skeletons (1991)
  • White Lie (1991)
  • Sudie & Simpson (1990)
  • Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
  • Get Low (2009)
  • Little Darlings (1980)
  • The Fighting Temptations (2003)
  • Resting Place (1986), Hallmark Hall of Fame
  • A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
  • Fled (1996)
  • Flash (1997 TV movie)
  • Savannah (1996 TV series)
  • A Man called Peter (1955)
  • Boycott (2001) TV movie,
  • Dangerous Calling (2008)
  • Coward of the County (1981 TV movie)
  • False River (2005)
  • The Price of a Broken Heart (1999 TV movie)
  • Wayward Son (1999)
  • The Prize Fighter (1979)
  • Door to Door (1985)
  • A Fathers Homecoming(1988)
  • TV Road Trip (2002), documentary.
  • Turbulance! (2004)
  • The Spy/Fancy Dress (2004)
  • Fly By (2009)
  • Boxed In (2005)
  • Autorequiem (2002)
  • My Cousin Vinny (1992)
  • Footloose (2011)
  • Taken 3 (2014)


Newton County School District

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. The district has 853 full-time teachers and 13,681 students.

Private education

  • Grace Christian Academy
  • Montessori School of Covington
  • Providence Classical Christian School
  • Peachtree Academy
  • Covington Academy
  • Point of Grace Christian School
  • First Baptist Academy

Higher education

  • Georgia Piedmont Technical College - Covington Campus
  • Georgia Perimeter College - Newton County Campus
  • Emory University - Oxford Campus

Notable people

See also

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