Jonesboro, Georgia

According to watchtutorials, Jonesboro, the county seat for Clayton County, was incorporated as a town December 13, 1859. The city was originally called Leaksville. When the railroad passed through the city, it was renamed in honor of Captain Samuel G. Jones, one of the line’s surveyors.

Clayton County courthouse in Jonesboro, built in 1898, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Battle of Jonesboro marked the end of the Atlanta Campaign during the Civil War. When Federal troops seized control of the railroad in Jonesboro, all supplies to Atlanta were cut off.

Jonesboro, just south of downtown Atlanta, is the beginning of Georgia’s Peach Blossom Trail. This tour traces the historic Battle of Jonesboro and showcases the historic private homes located in the city.

According to ablogtophone, the city was the site of the 1996 Olympic Beach Volleyball competition, held at Atlanta Beach in Clayton County International Park. This eight-acre, white sand beach also hosts a number of professional and amateur beach volleyball tours.

Population: 3,829. Estimated population in July 2020: 3,922 (+2.4% change)
Males: 1,749 (45.7%), Females: 2,080 (54.3%)

Clayton County

Zip codes: 30236, 30238.

Median resident age: 31.8 years
Median household income: $31,951
Median house value: $77,500

Races in Jonesboro:

  • White Non-Hispanic (59.5%)
  • Black (30.8%)
  • Hispanic (7.5%)
  • Other race (3.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (17.2%), Irish (8.5%), English (7.1%), German (5.1%), Scotch-Irish (3.6%), Subsaharan African (3.1%).

Elevation: 910 feet

Land area: 2.6 square miles

Jonesboro, Georgia

Population

For population 25 years and over in Jonesboro

  • High school or higher: 70.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 13.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.2%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Jonesboro city

  • Never married: 29.7%
  • Now married: 42.9%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 16.7%

7.5% Foreign born (4.8% Latin America, 1.1% Africa, 0.9% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: -360 (-8.6%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Jonesboro:

  • SOUTHERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 4 miles; RIVERDALE, GA)
  • FAYETTE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 10 miles; FAYETTEVILLE, GA)
  • HENRY GENERAL HOSPITAL (about 10 miles; STOCKBRIDGE, GA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Jonesboro:

  • THE WILLIAM B HARTSFIELD ATLANTA INTL (about 9 miles; ATLANTA, GA; Abbreviation: ATL)
  • DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE (about 28 miles; MARIETTA, GA; Abbreviation: MGE)
  • MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL (about 77 miles; MACON, GA; Abbreviation: MCN)

Other public-use airports nearest to Jonesboro:

  • CLAYTON COUNTY – TARA FIELD (about 11 miles; HAMPTON, GA; Abbreviation: 4A7)
  • BERRY HILL (about 13 miles; STOCKBRIDGE, GA; Abbreviation: 4A0)
  • RUST AIRSTRIP (about 15 miles; WOOLSEY, GA; Abbreviation: 3RU)

Amtrak station near Jonesboro:

  • 20 miles: ATLANTA (1688 PEACHTREE ST. NW). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Jonesboro:

  • CLAYTON COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; MORROW, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,953)
  • GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE (about 14 miles; DECATUR, GA; Full-time enrollment: 8,213)
  • ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 15 miles; ATLANTA, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,207)
  • GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 16 miles; ATLANTA, GA; Full-time enrollment: 17,302)
  • CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY (about 17 miles; ATLANTA, GA; Full-time enrollment: 4,652)
  • MOREHOUSE COLLEGE (about 17 miles; ATLANTA, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,867)
  • MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE (about 17 miles; Atlanta, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,708)

Schools

Public high schools in Jonesboro:

  • MOUNT ZION HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,778; Location: 2535 MOUNT ZION PARKWAY; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • JONESBORO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,647; Location: 7728 MOUNT ZION BOULEVARD; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in Jonesboro:

  • MOUNT ZION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 949; Location: 7102 MOUNT ZION BLVD; Grades: PK – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Jonesboro:

  • KENDRICK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,429; Location: 7791 KENDRICK ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • MUNDY’S MILL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,407; Location: 9652 FAYETTEVILLE RD.; Grades: 09 – 11)
  • M. D. ROBERTS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,167; Location: 1905 WALT STEPHENS ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • POINTE SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,134; Location: 626 FLINT RIVER ROAD, SW; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • BROWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 1,030; Location: 9771 POSTON ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • MOUNT ZION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 961; Location: 2984 MOUNT ZION ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • MUNDY’S MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 916; Location: 1251 MUNDY’S MILL ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • CALLAWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 892; Location: 120 ORIOLE DR.; Grades: PK – 05)
  • JAMES JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 822; Location: 7711 MT ZION BLVD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • KILPATRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 715; Location: 7534 TARA ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)

Private primary/middle school in Jonesboro:

  • SAMUEL A CAVVIT ELEM SCHOOL (Students: 36; Location: 9940 DIXON INDUSTRIAL BLVD PO BOX426; Grades: KG – 9)

Libraries

Library in Jonesboro:

  • CLAYTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM (Operating income: $2,415,281; Location: 865 BATTLE CREEK ROAD; 312,578 books; 6,771 audio materials; 3,447 video materials; 671 serial subscriptions)