Covington is a city and the county seat of Newton County, Georgia, located 35 miles east of Atlanta. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 13,118.
Covington was founded by European immigrants to the United States. It was incorporated in 1822 as the seat of the newly organized Newton County. Covington was named for United States Army Brigadier General and United States Congressman Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812. The settlement grew with the advent of the railroad in 1845. Covington incorporated as a city in 1854.
In 1864, General Sherman's troops marched through during their March to the Sea. Although they looted the city, destroying numerous buildings, several antebellum homes were spared.
The Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District within the city are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The maps and materials describing these two districts are available for review through City Hall. 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 Newton County Courthouse, brick store, and Salem campground are separately NRHP-listed.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36 km2), of which 13.8 square miles (36 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.72%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,547 people, 4,261 households, and 2,906 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.2 people per square mile (324.0/km²). There were 4,542 housing units at an average density of 330.1 per square mile (127.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.55% White, 45.54% Black, 0.18% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.94% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.87% of the population.
There were 4,261 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the city, the population was 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 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,997, and the median income for a family was $36,408. Males had a median income of $29,622 versus $23,339 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,554. About 14.8% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Newton County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of fourteen elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an elementary theme school, and a charter school. The district has 853 full-time teachers and 13,681 students.
- Grace Christian Academy
- Montessori School of Covington
- Providence Classical Christian School
- Peachtree Academy
- Covington Academy
- Point of Grace Christian School
- First Baptist Academy
- Dekalb Technical College - Covington Campus
- Georgia Perimeter College - Newton County Campus
- Emory University - Oxford Campus
- Gaither's Plantation hosts a Fall Festival every year.
- The Satsuki Garden Club conducts tours of historic houses in Covington every other Christmas.
- The Vampire Diaries, Mystic Falls Tours
In film and television
Covington has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies since the early 1970s."
- Selma, the 2014 drama film directed by Ava DuVernay, centering on the Selma to Montgomery marches and the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
- American Reunion, a Universal movie series filmed partly in Newton High School. Released April 6, 2012.
- The Odd Life of Timothy Green, a Disney film starring Jennifer Garner and Ron Livingston. Filming wrapped in January 2011.
- The Magic Eye, a NBC made-for-TV movie about high school football in small-town America. Scheduled to air in June 2011.
- The Walking Dead- one of the opening scenes of the pilot episode was filmed on a rural road in unincorporated Newton County just outside Covington city limits.
- The Accountant, a 2001 short film.
- The Vampire Diaries, a teen drama on the CW network, began filming on July 21, 2009.
- Halloween II, (2009) a reboot of the 1980s film series directed by Rob Zombie.
- The Dukes of Hazzard, a TV series that was filmed in Covington and surrounding areas for half of the first season in 1978.
- In the Heat of the Night, a television series from 1988 to 1995, as the fictional city of Sparta, Mississippi.
- The Family That Preys, a 2009 film by Tyler Perry.
- False Face, a 1977 film.
- Kalifornia. a 1993 film starring Brad Pitt and David Duchovny, filmed at the old Crest Motel.
- The Cannonball Run, filmed in 1981, starring Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise.
- Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
- Madea's Family Reunion (2006), filmed at Gaithers Plantation.
- Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
- Run Ronnie Run (2000) 
- Remember the Titans (1999) 
- Three Wishes (2005), episode 3
- Miss Evers' Boys (1997 TV movie)
- Past the Bleachers (1994)
- The Oldest Living Confederate Widow (1993)
- A Passion for Justice: The Hazel Brannon Smith Story (1993)
- The Secret Passion of Robert Clayton (1992)
- I'll Fly Away (1991–1992) 
- Grass Roots (1992) 
- Stay the Night (1991)
- Carolina Skeletons (1991)
- White Lie (1991)
- Sudie & Simpson (1990)
- Sweet Home Alabama (2002) 
- Get Low (2009) 
- Little Darlings (1980) 
- The Fighting Temptations (2003) 
- Resting Place (1986), Hallmark Hall of Fame 
- A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) 
- Fled (1996) 
- Flash (1997 TV movie) 
- Savannah (1996 TV series) 
- A Man called Peter (1955) 
- Boycott (2001) TV movie,
- Dangerous Calling (2008)
- Coward of the County (1981 TV movie) 
- False River (2005) 
- The Price of a Broken Heart (1999 TV movie) 
- Wayward Son (1999) 
- The Prize Fighter (1979) 
- Door to Door (1985) 
- A Fathers Homecoming(1988) 
- TV Road Trip (2002), documentary.
- Turbulance! (2004) 
- The Spy/Fancy Dress (2004) 
- Fly By (2009) 
- Boxed In (2005)
- Autorequiem (2002) 
- My Cousin Vinny (1992) 
- Footloose (2011)
- Taken 3 (2014)
- Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors)
- Vacation (2015 film))
- Dumplin' (film) (2018)
- George Adams, jazz tenor saxophonist
- George T. Anderson - Confederate General during the Civil War
- Leon Ashley - singer
- Jay Bailey - manufacturing expert
- Boondox (David Hutto) - rapper on Majik Ninja Entertainment
- Dale Carter - professional football player
- Ellia English - actress best known for her role as Aunt Helen on the Jamie Foxx Show
- Akeem Hunt- running back for the Houston Texans of the NFL
- Andy Offutt Irwin award-winning storyteller and recording artist
- Ryan Klesko - Major League Baseball player
- Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (II) - politician, Secretary of the Interior for Grover Cleveland - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
- Demetrius McCray - football player, cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- Dinah Watts Pace - educator who operated an orphanage here
- Sheldon Rankins- defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL
- Jake Reed - former professional football player
- Steadman Vincent Sanford - Chancellor of the University System of Georgia
- Lizzie Wilkerson - African-American folk artist
- Main Street Bank, former local bank