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Clayton County

County Description, Neighborhoods, County Information, Chamber of Commerce, Property Taxes, Public Education, Utilities and Contacts, Helpful Links

County Description

Life in Clayton County Revolves around transportation, much like it did when the Central Railroad passed through the county seat of Jonesboro carrying goods and people.

Today, Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport employs more than 35,000 people, one-third of whom live in Clayton County. Many of the county's 240,000 residents have lived in the area for generations. And, unlike other metro Atlanta counties, nearly half of them also work in the county.

Just 15-miles south of downtown Atlanta, Clayton County, one of the smallest counties in Georgia, offers residents many natural retreats, including the Reynolds Nature Preserve, the Newman Wetlands Center, Lake Blalock and Lake Shamrock. The county also boasts several private and public golf courses. World-renowned Spivey Hall, located on the campus of Clayton State College and University, attracts acclaimed performers and is one of the world's foremost acoustical facilities. Homes range in price from the affordable t60s to million-dollar homes in and around Lake Spivey.

Clayton County Neighborhoods

Stately Oaks. Photo courtesy of GDITT.
Clayton County is steeped in history, especially Jonesboro, the fictional setting for Margaret Mitchell's legendary Civil War novel, "Gone With The Wind." In truth, the farming community of Jonesboro was all but destroyed in the decisive Battle of Jonesboro.

Today, this community of nearly 4,000 residents maintains its small town atmosphere despite its proximity to Atlanta and major freeways. Jonesboro s Main Street buildings, some dating back to the mid-1800s, have been renovated and now house antique shops, gift shops and government offices.

Many residential homes have also been restored, including the historic Ashley Oaks Mansion (1879) and Stately Oaks (1939). Open to visitors, these Antebellum gems provide a sense of the GWTW era.

A passenger traveling north from Jonesboro to Atlanta in the mid-1800s would have invariably passed through a small farming community known then as Morrow Station. Once depicted as "the whistle stop" south of Atlanta, today Morrow is a booming city of more than 5,000 residents with a thriving industrial, commercial and retail base that includes Morrow Industrial Park and Southlake Mall.

County Information

Median household income

Median age of residents


Sales tax

Chamber of Commerce

Clayton County Chamber of Commerce

Property Taxes

The property tax rate per $1,000 is:

Tax Commissioner: 770-477-3311

Public Education

Clayton County Schools Board of Education

Elementary Schools 29
Middle Schools 12
High Schools 7
Per-pupil expenditures $5,193
School & bus information 770-473-2835

Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
Clayton Co. (466/466)
Georgia (487/482)
National (506/514)

*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.

Atlanta School Guide
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Utilities and Contacts

Central GA EMC 770-775-7857
Georgia Power 888-660-5890

Scana Energy

For information about the deregulation of the natural gas market in Georgia and a listing of the residential gas providers, click here.

Bell South 888-757-6500
Outside Georgia 800-356-3094

Clayton County Water Authority 770-960-5200

Southern Regional Medical Center 770-991-8000
South Fulton Medical Center 404-305-3500

Helpful Links

Clayton County

Clayton Chamber of Commerce


Clayton County Schools

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