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Welcome to Conyers! When you are new to an area, you probably have a lot of questions that need to be answered right away. You can quickly figure out where the grocery store and gas station are located, but what about your immediate essentials? You will need to know about emergency information such as where the nearest hospitals are located. And you will need to handle your vehicle and license registrations, register your children into school, and establish your postal services, banking, insurance, etc. in your first 30 days.
Two tasks you will need to complete within 30 days of your move are getting your vehicle registration and driver’s license updated with your new address. You will need to bring a few documents and are required to successfully complete an eye exam besides other testing. And Georgia has one-time title ad valorem tax applied to all vehicles when registered. The tax is based on Rockdale County’s mill tax and the value of the vehicle.
If you have children under the age of 18, you probably are well aware of the schools that your children will be attending because the school system was one area where based your home location. Now is the time to start getting them registered. If you haven’t already, contact the school to setup an appointment to speak with the administration.
There are a number of other tasks you might have prioritized in your first 30 days. For help, search other topics in our guide, or contact the Conyers Welcome Center located in Old Towne or the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. If there is one thing we know about Conyers, there are many friendly people who want to help make your new home the best it can be.
This family-friendly community is the second smallest county in Georgia based on its area of 132 square miles. The county lies approximately 25 miles east of Atlanta along Interstate 20 with its major exit interchange at Georgia Highway 20/Georgia Highway 138. Data from the 2010 Census Bureau indicates the population is 85,215 with a population density of 657 per square mile. The median age of residents is 35 years with 30.5% of the population being between the ages of 25 and 44, 27.5% under 18 years of age, 24% between the ages of 45 to 64, 8.8% between the ages of 18 to 24, and 9.2% over the age of 65. The median household income is estimated at $53,599.
Rockdale County was formed in 1870 and gets its name from the granite bedrock that is found not far below the surface. Rockdale’s only incorporated town, Conyers, was chosen as the county seat. The county started as a stop for travelers between Atlanta and Augusta. The Depot, currently home to Conyers’ Welcome Center, is a remnant of that time period. W.D. Conyers, a banker and railroad director, donated land so that workers could lay the area’s first rail track and construct the depot.
The Depot is located in the Conyers Historical District, where you can find restaurants and shops. Other places with historical significance regarding the county’s earliest history include Hightower Trail, Historic Milstead Village, and many of the gristmills and newly formed churches in the area. Hightower Trail, which is known as the boundary between the Cherokee and Creek Indians who inhabited the area before the county was formed, is a road that traverses the northern part of the county. The historic Milstead Village is located along the Yellow River and is one of the earliest booming areas developed in Rockdale County. The area was supported by a cotton mill, Milstead Manufacturing, established in 1902 by Frank Milstead and which eventually became Callaway Mills. Although Callaway Mills ceased operations in 1961, many employees transitioned into jobs with other companies that had come into the area.
Today, the economy of Rockdale County is supported by many industrial facilities besides a vibrant suburban area. Industries such as AT&T Golden State Foods, Lithonia Lighting, and Pratt Industries provide many of the jobs in the county. Retail chains such as Home Depot, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Target, and Walmart are also major employers within the county. In addition, Rockdale County boasts a many small, local businesses. The Conyers Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is well known across Georgia for its continued development in economic growth.
More recently, the county has attracted many film companies and has been dubbed “the biggest little filming community”. Rockdale County has been designed film ready by the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. Some of the films shot in the county include Fast and Furious 5, A Joyful Noise, Prisoners, American Pie Reunion, Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 1 & 2, and Zombieland. In addition, the popular television series The Vampire Diaries and The Originals shoot in the county.
Rockdale County Facts
- Under 18 27.5%
- Ages 18 to 24 8.8%
- Ages 25 to 44 30.5%
- Ages 45 to 64 24%
- Over 65 9.2%
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Preparing To Move
Conyers is a great place to live, work, and play. We love this area and welcome you to enjoy it along with us. Now that you are ready to make the step and search for a place to live, we can recommend some well established realtors to help you look at your housing options. This area offers a multitude of award-winning communities to look for your next home. Besides realtors, our online directory includes property management companies, rental agents, community developers, and more. There are many benefits to having a realtor who is local to the Conyers area and knows the local communities, such as Honey Creek, Milstead, and Old Towne. A realtor can help you find a home in the right environment based on your needs. Some realtors have specialties with finding you a home in family-oriented communities, tennis and golf club communities, historical homes, or other areas of expertise. If you have children, make sure your realtor can assist you with locating a home in a child-friendly neighborhood within one of our good school districts besides pointing you in the direction for local after-school activities. If you are an empty nester, choose a realtor who can help you locate a home in an adult community with more senior-oriented activities. You are sure to find out quickly why Conyers is the place to live, work, and play!