Rockdale County

Rockdale County was created in 1870 out of Henry and Newton counties and pieces of Walton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. It was named after Rockdale Baptist Church, which itself was named after the granite layer sitting beneath the red clay soil.

Major landmarks include Randy Poynter Lake, Monastery of the Holy Spirit and Panola Mountain. Large employers include Rockdale Medical Center, Acuity Brands Lighting, Hill-Phoenix and Golden State Foods.

Rockdale County has grown steadily and now has one of the region’s more diverse populations.

Within Rockdale County is the City of Conyers.

Rockdale County by the Numbers (2017)

Population 90,312
Population Change (since 2010) +5.8%
Population Forecast (2040) 128,103
Median Household Income $62,429
Unemployment Rate 5.3%
Mean Travel Time to Work* 30.8 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 260 units
Multifamily Building Permits 20 units

Data Resources

Other Rockdale County Resources

ARC Board Members Representing Rockdale

Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau, Subcounty Intercensal Population Estimates, 2000 to 2009
  • US Census Bureau, County Characteristics Resident Population Estimate, 2010 to 2017
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (1-year estimates), 2017
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (5-year estimates), 2012-16
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 15 Forecasts, 2015-16
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), 2017

* Showing 2012-16 (5-year average) data due to lack of 2017 (1-year) data for this county