A Brief History of Covington
Covington was founded by European immigrants and was officially incorporated into Newton County in 1822. The city is named after United States Army Brigadier General and United States Congressman Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812. The population of Covington grew with the addition of a railroad to the area in 1845, and Covington was established as a city in 1854.
Demographics of Covington
Of the 11,547 people in Covington, there are 4,261 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40% are married couples living together, 23.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 12.6% are non-families.
In Covington, the population is spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 15% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.
Education in Covington
The Newton County School District consists of fourteen elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, and elementary theme school, and a charter school. The district has 853 full-time teachers and 13,681 students. Some private schools in Covington that are not part of Newton County School District are:
- Providence Classical Christian School
- Montessori School of Covington
- Point of Grace Christian School
- Grace Christian Academy
Known as one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” Covington has a lot to offer for its residents as well as for its visitors. Covington has a deep history that can be explored through its historical districts, and residents also enjoy the occasional parade, frequent concerts in the park, and “Christmas in Covington,” which includes holiday shopping downtown. Covington also has several parks and trails that are fit for novice and expert hikers alike. The city is also home to many art galleries and performing arts venues.
Some notable people from Covington include:
- Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II: A politician, diplomat, and jurist, Lamar represented Mississippi in both houses of Congress, served as the United States Secretary of the Interior, and was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in the mid-1800s. He was the first Mississippi Democrat elected to the House since the end of the Civil War.
- George Thomas Anderson: One of Robert E. Lee’s hardest fighting subordinates, Anderson was a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He attended Emory University in Atlanta before serving as second lieutenant of Georgia Cavalry during the Mexican-American War.
- Jay Bailey: Bailey is known as one of the most influential biochemical engineers of modern times. He was a pioneer of biomechanical engineering and played a huge role in establishing the industry of biomechanical engineering as it is today. He has an award named after him called the James E. Bailey Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Biological Engineering.
Your Trusted Local Auto Repair Shop
When Covington residents need their cars repaired or maintained, they come to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers. We’ve been fixing cars since 1990 and our team are experts on all things automotive repair. Here are some of our guiding principles:
- We employ ASE-certified technicians in all areas of work performed.
- We perform high-quality diagnostic and repair services at a fair price, using quality NAPA parts.
- We maintain the highest standards of the automotive service profession.
- We cover Parts and Labor on Qualifying Repairs and Services for 24 Months/24,000 Miles.
Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Auto Tech Service Center in Covington. You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 770-922-1480.