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Covington, Georgia Information

Located in Newton County, Georgia, the City of Covington lies about 35 miles east of Atlanta. The population, as of the 2012 census was 13,347. The city, which is the county seat for Newton, was incorporated in 1845 and named for Leonard Covington, a War of 1812 hero. In 1864, General Sherman’s troops looted the city during their March to the Sea. Despite much destruction, several of the Antebellum homes remain. The Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District within the city are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 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 city had a total area of 13.9 square miles, almost all of which is land. Two zip codes are used in the city, 30014 and 30016. In addition, three area codes are also in use: 470, 678, and 770.

Covington is ranked #396 in Georgia and #22,331 in the United States with a livability score of 60, which is in the 23rd percentile. The city scored best for great weather, amenities and low cost of living. The average summer temperature is a comfortable 79 degrees, and the cost of living is three percent lower than the state of Georgia.

The Covington, GA overall crime rate is 89% higher than in comparison to the Georgia average; and is also 127% higher than compared to the national average. the occurrence of violent crime in Covington, GA is 27% higher than the average rate of crime in Georgia and 31% higher than the rest of the nation. Similarly, crime involving property stands 97% higher than the remainder of the state of Georgia and 142% higher than the nation’s average. Both statistics relate to how safe residents and businesses are while performing everyday activities in the Covington, GA area.

Covington is a great city to live in, especially for someone interested in the film industry. It’s often called “The Hollywood of the South,” and there is even a museum set up for people to see all the different films that have been made in the area. Gone with The Wind, anyone? In addition, newer shows like Stranger Things, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead all have a presence in Covington, too! The weather can be a bit unpredictable, but that’s just part of living in Georgia. There are plenty of great restaurants in the area, and the presence of a college nearby brings a youthful feel to a town that otherwise has an Antebellum feel. The people in Covington are friendly and welcoming, and you can be sure that all the annual events in the city and the surrounding area will keep you entertained.

Of the factors which are used to determine the livability index, Covington does well in the areas of weather, amenities and cost of living. It scores poorly in the areas of Crime, Employment, Housing and Education.

Mayor Steve Horton
City of Covington Mayor

Year Elected – 2019 and began his four-year term as Mayor of Covington on January 1, 2020.

The City of Covington
2194 Emory Street NW
Covington, GA 30014

Covington City Mayor Ronnie Johnston

Covington, Georgia Crime rates and statistics:

In 2016, the crime index in Covington, Georgia was 438.4 which was above the United States average of 280.5.

Covington City Crime Rates

The total crime rate in Covington was 6,436 total crimes for every 100,000 residents, which is higher than the average in the state of Georgia with 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 persons, and higher than the national average of 2,837 total crimes for every 100,000 citizens.

The overall crime rate in Covington is 127% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 17.63 daily crimes that occur in Covington. Covington is safer than 9% of the cities in the United States. In Covington you have a 1 in 16 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Covington has increased by 10%.

According to our research of Georgia and other state lists there were 240 registered sex offenders living in Covington, Georgia as of June 02, 2018. The ratio of number of residents in Covington to the number of sex offenders is 58 to 1.

Covington, Georgia Police Department

Covington Police Department
13183 Harland Drive NE
Covington, GA 30014
(770) 786-7605

Other Information about the Covington Police Department:

The Chief of Police for the Covington Police Department is Chief Stacey L. Cotton. Chief Cotton can be reached at 770-786-7605. Philip Bradford is the Assistant Chief of Police.

In 2016, there were 66 full-time law enforcement employees, 55 of whom were police officers. This means that in the year 2016 in there were 3.91 police officers for every 1,000 residents in Covington, Georgia, while the state average in Georgia that same year was 2.50 officers for every 1,000 residents.

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Open Records Request in Covington, Georgia:

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For records from different government agencies in Newton County, Georgia:

Newton County Clerk

Jackie Smith, County Clerk
1124 Clark Street
Covington, GA 30014
Phone: 678-625-1202

County Sheriff, Most Wanted, Warrant Information, Etc.

Sheriff Ezell Brown
Sheriff Brown has been with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and in law enforcement since 1973. His daily duties consist of fulfilling his constitutional obligations to the citizens of Newton County.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office
15151 Alcovy Road NE
Covington, Georgia 30014

The Detention Division is responsible for the care, custody and control of inmates, protection of inmate rights, and the delivery of inmate programs and medical services. The Detention Division’s Administrative Support and Detention Operations Sections are crucial to day-to-day functions of the division: Classification, Housing Unit, Identification, Intake, Release, Kitchen, Inmate Property, Laundry, Bonding, Inmate Commissary, Data Entry, Accounting, Records Retention, Visitation, and Transport Control. Inmate Programs provide rehabilitative and educational opportunities through coordinated community resources so that inmates can ready themselves for productive citizenship upon return to their communities. Inmate programs grant the opportunity to avoid what for some individuals becomes a revolving door at the detention center.

Newton County Detention Center
15151 Alcovy Rd,
Covington, GA 30014
(678) 625-1420

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