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Henry County is located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. Per the 2020 census, the population of Henry County is 240,712, up from 203,922 in 2010. The county seat is McDonough. The county was named for Patrick Henry.

Henry County is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA metropolitan statistical area. The Henry County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Living in Henry County

Henry County, Georgia was created by the Georgia State Legislature in 1821 from land acquired from the Creek Indian Nation by the First Treaty of Indian Springs. Henry’s original land area was much larger than it is today, stretching from near Indian Springs (present-day Indian Springs State Park) in the south to the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs in the north; encompassing most of present-day Metropolitan Atlanta. Before one year passed the size of the County was diminished through the separation of land areas which, in whole or in part, became present day DeKalb, Fulton, Fayette and Newton Counties. Later divisions resulted in Clayton, Spalding, Rockdale and Butts counties.

In the beginning Henry County was a virgin wilderness, having just been ceded from the Creek Nation. Prior to 1821, the Creeks and a few trappers and traders were the only residents of this area. The Creek Indians left their mark through place names, a few small Indian Mounds scattered around the County and through the arrowheads and broken pottery which can be found throughout Henry County.

Jesse Johnson, son of John Johnson and great-grandfather of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was a “first settler” of Henry County. He was a prosperous farmer, the second sheriff (1822–1835), and judge, before he moved to Texas. In 1995, Henry County was the sixth-fastest-growing county in the United States.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 327 square miles (850 km2), of which 322 square miles (830 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (1.4%) is water.

The vast majority of Henry County is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin, with just a very small western corner, west of Hampton, located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin).

Adjacent counties

  • DeKalb County – north
  • Rockdale County – northeast
  • Newton County – east
  • Butts County – southeast
  • Spalding County – southwest
  • Clayton County – west

Major highways

  • Interstate 75
  • Interstate 675
  • U.S. Route 19
  • U.S. Route 23
  • U.S. Route 41
  • State Route 3
  • State Route 20
  • State Route 42
  • State Route 81
    State Route 138
  • State Route 155
  • State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)
  • State Route 413 (unsigned designation for I-675)
  • Georgia State Route 920 (unsigned designation for Jonesboro Road)

Pedestrians and cycling
Reeves Creek Trail

Transit systems
Henry County operates its own reservation-based transit service for use by county residents. In addition, Xpress, a regional commuter bus service operated by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, serves park-and-ride lots in Stockbridge, Hampton, and McDonough.

Goya Foods has its Atlanta offices in an unincorporated area near McDonough.

Additionally a pair of warehouses used to exist along US 23 south of McDonough. One of which was owned by Whirlpool Corporation, and the other by Toys ‘R’ Us.

WKKP is the local radio media outlet. It broadcasts 24 hours a day on 100.9 FM and 1410 AM, and has a classic country format.

The Henry Herald and the Henry County Times are the local county news print media.

The semi-professional soccer team Georgia Revolution FC plays in the National Premier Soccer League at the Warhawk Stadium.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is located in Henry County and hosts an annual NASCAR race and many other events throughout the year, including the 2021 Publix Atlanta Marathon, which moved to the Speedway premises.

Local public schools are operated by the Henry County Schools.

Enriched Virtual Program

  • Impact academy

Alternative schools

  • EXCEL Academy (known as Patrick Henry alternative)
  • Mainstay Academy (GNETS – Special Education)

Private schools

  • ABC Montessori (Toddler – 12)
  • Bible Baptist Christian School (K4–12)
  • Community Christian School (Nursery–12)
  • Creekside Christian Academy
  • Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (K3–12)
  • Lake Dow Christian Academy
  • New Creation Christian Academy
  • North Henry Academy (K3–8)
  • Strong Rock Christian School (K–12)
  • Peoples Baptist Academy
  • Heritage Baptist Christian School
  • The Sharon School
  • McDonough Methodist Academy

Higher education

Mercer University has a Regional Academic Center in McDonough. The center, opened in 2003, offers programs through the university’s College of Continuing and Professional Studies and Mercer’s Tift College of Education. Clayton State University and Gordon College also offer a range of college courses at the Academy for Advanced Studies in McDonough.

Southern Crescent Technical College’s Henry County Center (in McDonough) offers programs in Allied Health, Business Technology, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Computer Information Systems, Personal Services, Public Safety, and Drafting Technology.


  • Hampton
  • Locust Grove
  • McDonough
  • Stockbridge

Census-designated place

  • Heron Bay (part)

Unincorporated communities

  • Blacksville
  • Ellenwood (part)
  • Flippen
  • Kelleytown
  • Luella
  • Ola

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