Monticello, Georgia facts for kids
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"Small town feel. Urban access. Endless opportunities."
Location in Jasper County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||4.28 sq mi (11.08 km2)|
|• Land||4.16 sq mi (10.78 km2)|
|• Water||0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)|
|Elevation||679 ft (207 m)|
|• Density||610.67/sq mi (235.78/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0328830|
Monticello is the largest city and the county seat of Jasper County, Georgia, United States. The city includes historic buildings such as the Jasper County Courthouse, Monticello High School and the Monticello Historic District. The population was 2,657 at the 2010 census. It is 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Atlanta.
Monticello was founded in 1808 as seat of the newly formed Jasper County. It was incorporated as a town in 1810 and as a city in 1901.
On January 14, 1915, about 100 white men of Monticello formed a lynch mob and lynched a black family of four, including two married women. They took Dan Barber, his son Jesse Barber, and two married daughters Bula and Ella (Barber) Charles from the county jail, where they had been put after being arrested for attacking the chief of police. He had challenged Dan Barber in his house for making liquor illegally. The mob shot and hanged each of the four.
Monticello is located at 33°18′12″N 83°41′9″W / 33.30333°N 83.68583°W (33.303247, -83.685766).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.66%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||1,266||49.82%|
|Hispanic or Latino||146||5.75%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,541 people, 1,110 households, and 698 families residing in the city.
Representation in other media
- The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) had many scenes filmed in Monticello. The exteriors of buildings on the town square were remodeled to appear of the era of the movie.
- Many scenes of My Cousin Vinny (1992) were set at the courthouse and town square, and other scenes were also shot in town.
Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).
|Climate data for Monticello, Georgia|
|Average high °C (°F)||13.3
|Average low °C (°F)||1.1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||112
|Avg. precipitation days||9||8||9||7||8||9||10||9||7||5||6||8||97|
Geology and Soils
The bedrock under Monticello is an intermediate-to-mafic type on which dark red clay with dark reddish brown loam topsoil is mapped as Lloyd series.
Jasper County School District
The Jasper County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools (K-2 & 3-5 respectively), a middle school, and a high school. The district has 132 full-time teachers and over 2,181 students.
- Jasper County Primary School
- Washington Park Elementary School
- Jasper County Middle School
- Jasper County High School
Piedmont Academy - K3-12, co-ed, member of Georgia Independent School Association, established 1970
- Monticello High School - presently Thomas Persons Hall.
- William A. Connelly, sixth Sergeant Major of the Army
- Elizabeth Otis Dannelly (1838–1896), poet
- Rob Evan, singer, actor in many Broadway musicals, including The Dream Engine
- Willis Flournoy, Negro league baseball player
- Luke Gallows, Professional wrestler
- Susan Holmes - Politician from Georgia. First women mayor of Monticello.
- Buckshot Jones, NASCAR driver
- Ulysses Norris, University of Georgia football player; seven-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions (5 years) and Buffalo Bills (2 years)
- John Gill Shorter, 17th governor of Alabama
- Sherry Smith, Major League Baseball player, pitched in two World Series
- Odell Thurman, University of Georgia and NFL football player
- Trisha Yearwood, country singer