Jonesboro, GA, City and Education Facts

Jonesboro, Georgia, is a southern suburb of Atlanta. The local population maintains strong connections to the area's historical past, while the metropolitan Atlanta area offers a wide selection of jobs, entertainment venues and postsecondary institutions. Continue reading to learn more about the population and economy of Jonesboro and about the colleges and universities that are located nearby.

Information about Jonesboro, Georgia

Located just 15 miles south of downtown Atlanta, Jonesboro, Georgia, was first incorporated as a town in 1858 and serves as the seat for Clayton County. As of 2014, census data reported that the city had a population of 4,661. Demographics for the city included nearly 39% white and 58% African-American.

Jonesboro was the fictional home for Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine of the novel and subsequent film Gone with the Wind, and the town has since capitalized on that fame. The antebellum South is celebrated in this small community; even the Jonesboro Welcome Center is housed in the train depot that was burned down in the Civil War. Nearby Atlanta features all the cultural and educational offerings of a large city, including professional sports, opera, museums and theater.

Higher Education

Students can find 16 colleges, seminaries or proprietary schools within 15 miles of Jonesboro. Clayton State University is the nearest public university, about 5 miles away in the town of Morrow. Clayton State had about 7,000 students in 2014 and offers certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in business, healthcare professions, liberal arts and psychology, among other fields of study. Georgia Perimeter College is about 13 miles away and offers certificates and associate's degrees.

Just down the road in Atlanta, students can find an abundance of postsecondary institutions. Georgia State University has the highest enrollment of any institution of higher learning in the metropolitan area, with about 32,000 full-time students. Other reputable institutions in the metro area include Emory University in nearby DeKalb County, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Employment and Economy

In spite of its size, Jonesboro has a thriving economy. Being so close to Atlanta allows many people to commute into the city for work at companies such as Coca-Cola or Delta Airlines, but for those who wish to stick a little closer to home, career opportunities with any of the town's major employers, such as the numerous tourist attractions, hotels, schools and retail establishments, are also available. Per 2012 census data, accommodation and food services employed 632 people. Retail trade employed 620 people, while health care and social assistance employed 388 people.

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