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Jones County
Jones County Courthouse in Gray
Jones County Courthouse in Gray
Map of Georgia highlighting Jones County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded December 10, 1807; 215 years ago (1807-12-10)
Named for James Jones
Seat Gray
Largest city Gray
 • Total 395 sq mi (1,020 km2)
 • Land 394 sq mi (1,020 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.4%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 70/sq mi (60/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Jones County is a county in the central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,669. The county seat is Gray. The county was created on December 10, 1807, and named after U.S. Representative James Jones.


Jones County along with Morgan County, Putnam County, and Old Randolph were established by an act of the Georgia General Assembly passed on December 10, 1807 from land that had originally been part Baldwin County in 1803 and, earlier, part of the Creek Nation. Jones County was originally bounded by a line running North 56° East to Commissioners Creek, then North 15° West to Cedar Creek, then up the creek to corner Randolph County and Putnam County, then along a line to Ocmulgee River, and then down the river to where the old county line between Wilkinson County and Baldwin County was. It excluded parts of what is now Bibb County east of the Ocmulgee River, including the location of Fort Benjamin Hawkins, as they were part of a reserve guaranteed to the Creek Nation. Those areas were later added to Jones County after the Treaty of Indian Springs[disambiguation needed].

During the initial months of existence a town known as Albany served as the county seat of Jones County. Albany's exact location is unknown, but it might have been simply renamed Clinton. Clinton was established as the county seat by the Georgia General Assembly on December 22, 1808. Clinton became incorporated as a town in 1816. During the 1800s Clinton grew as a center of commerce and the cotton trade. Clinton remained one of the most populous cities in Georgia in the middle 1800s.

In December 1810 Jones County gained a portion of Putnam County between Cedar Creek and their original border. In December 1822 Bibb County was established and Jones County lost some of its land to that county.

During the early 19th century, Jones County had a rapid population increase. The peak came around 1835, when the county ranked third or fourth among all of the state's counties in agricultural wealth. After 1835, soil erosion and lack of funds to develop property drove many farmers to newly opened land elsewhere in Georgia.

Before the American Civil War a few factories sprang up in the county including a cotton gin factory at Griswoldville in the southern portion of the county and a woolen factory at Wallace. Griswoldville was founded by Samuel Griswold in the 1850s. During the Civil War, the cotton gin factory was reformatted so it could produce pistols and other weapons for the Confederate Army. In addition, Griswoldville was located on the railway linking Macon to Savannah. Thus it became a prime target in 1864 as the Union Army moved through Georgia. On November 20, 1864, the town and the factories in it were burned as part of Sherman's March to the Sea. Days later the Battle of Griswoldville took place in the area. The town of Griswoldville was not rebuilt.

Many other areas in Jones County were damaged by the Union Army during that time period. The Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site in Jones County showcases one of the few and well-preserved antebellum plantations in Georgia.

In the 1890s a railroad line owned by the Central of Georgia Railway named the Macon & Northern Railroad was built through the county and bypassed Clinton by a mile after citizens wanted the line to not pass through the town. By the early 1900s the population had shifted northeastward and the city of Gray was established. On June 27, 1905 the citizens of Jones County voted on the issues of moving the county seat from Clinton to Gray. The results were 1,289 votes in favor of moving the county seat to Gray and 51 votes for keeping the county seat at Clinton. On August 9, 1905 Gray became the new county seat of Jones County.

Jones County is the home to many famous people including professor Sherwood and Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash owned a summer home along the Whiteshead River. Upon his death, the home went to his estate, and was sold to a local family.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 395 square miles (1,020 km2), of which 394 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.4%) is water.

The western half of Jones County, west of Gray, is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. The northeastern quarter of the county, north of Gray, is located in the Upper Oconee River sub-basin of the same Altamaha River basin, while the southeastern corner of Jones County is located in the Lower Oconee River sub-basin of the larger Altamaha River basin.

Major highways

  • US 129.svg U.S. Route 129
  • Georgia 11.svg State Route 11
  • Georgia 18.svg State Route 18
  • Georgia 22.svg State Route 22
  • Georgia 44.svg State Route 44
  • Georgia 49.svg State Route 49
  • Georgia 57.svg State Route 57
  • Georgia 540.svg State Route 540 (Fall Line Freeway) (future)


  • Ocmulgee River

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 8,597
1820 16,570 92.7%
1830 13,345 −19.5%
1840 10,065 −24.6%
1850 10,224 1.6%
1860 9,107 −10.9%
1870 9,436 3.6%
1880 11,613 23.1%
1890 12,709 9.4%
1900 13,358 5.1%
1910 13,103 −1.9%
1920 13,269 1.3%
1930 8,992 −32.2%
1940 8,331 −7.4%
1950 7,538 −9.5%
1960 8,468 12.3%
1970 12,218 44.3%
1980 16,579 35.7%
1990 20,739 25.1%
2000 23,639 14.0%
2010 28,669 21.3%
2018 (est.) 28,616 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Jones County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 20,074 70.82%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 6,739 23.77%
Native American 46 0.16%
Asian 138 0.49%
Pacific Islander 7 0.02%
Other/Mixed 867 3.06%
Hispanic or Latino 476 1.68%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 28,347 people, 10,701 households, and 7,670 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,669 people, 10,586 households, and 7,973 families residing in the county. The population density was 72.8 inhabitants per square mile (28.1/km2). There were 11,688 housing units at an average density of 29.7 per square mile (11.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 73.2% white, 24.4% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 15.2% were American, 10.6% were Irish, 10.4% were English, and 5.4% were German.

Of the 10,586 households, 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.7% were non-families, and 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.10. The median age was 38.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,717 and the median income for a family was $56,038. Males had a median income of $44,769 versus $32,240 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,598. About 10.4% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.


  • Blountsville
  • Bradley
  • Cardswell (later known Cardsville)
  • Cheatham
  • Clinton
  • Crutchfield
  • Cumelo
  • East Juliette
  • Ethridge
  • Fortville
  • James
  • Glovers
  • Gray
  • Griswoldville
  • Haddock
  • Hester
  • Lannington
  • Midway
  • Morton
  • Plentitude
  • Poverty Hill
  • Roberts
  • Round Oak
  • Slocumb
  • Todd
  • Tranquilla
  • Van Buren
  • Wallace
  • Wayside


Notable people

  • Singer Otis Redding lived on a ranch he owned in Jones County during the height of his music career. A marker in downtown Gray pays tribute to Redding.
  • Sadie Gray Mays (1900-1969), social worker and wife of college president Benjamin Mays, was born in Gray, Jones County, Georgia
  • Demun Jones is a musician born in Jones County, Georgia. He is known for his country inspired lyrics with a hip hop flow.
  • Terrance Gore is a professional baseball player, formally with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, and eventually the New York Yankees. He was a part of the World Series team with Kansas City in 2015, playing in the ALDS and ALCS. He is currently a free agent.
  • Todd Hartley, Tight Ends coach for the Georgia Bulldogs, graduated from Jones County High School.
  • William Lee, early-Alabama politician, immigrated to Jones County, Georgia from England.

See also

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