Only 12 miles from Atlanta, Jonesboro is the county seat of Clayton County. Jonesboro received much acclaim in 1936 with the release of the novel Gone With the Wind, as many of the book's scenes were set in Clayton County. It was also the site for many of the scenes from the 1977 cult classic film Smokey and the Bandit.
Jonesboro sits on a total area of less than three square miles. Its relatively mild year-round climate (average January lows run just above the freezing mark) attracts people from around the world seeking a warm place to visit or live.
One of Jonesboro's most notable residents was writer Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind. In fact, so many people called the city "Home of 'Gone with the Wind' " that the State Legislature made it Jonesboro's official motto in 1986.
Many residents commute to Atlanta, but there are plenty of businesses in the Jonesboro area as well. In fact, more than 6,000 publically and privately owned companies make Jonesboro their home.
Leading industries in Jonesboro are educational, health and social services, utilities, warehousing and retail trade. The unemployment rate for the city is 3.5 percent.
Some of the biggest employers in the city include Clayton County Board of Education, G.T. Architecture Contractors Corp., Southern Homes Mortgage Corp. and Low Temp Industries Inc.
Jonesboro has a population of around 4,000. The city accommodates around 1,610 houses with 1,515 houses occupied. Renters occupy around 720 houses and owners occupy about 800 houses.
This historically significant and revitalized Atlanta bedroom community has a mostly African-American and white population. An unusually large percentage of the population (nearly 34 percent) falls below the poverty line. This high number, however, could be a result of some lower-income metro Atlanta neighborhoods that have Jonesboro ZIP codes.
Old Downtown Jonesboro is reminiscent of pre-Civil War Georgia, especially between Mill Street and Church Street. Although many of the structures were burned during military skirmishes, their brick facades have remained intact and in the interest of historical preservation, many of their interiors have been rebuilt.
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