City of Winder
Jug Tavern Park
Jug Tavern Park
"City of Opportunity"[1]
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Location in Barrow County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083
CountryUnited States
 • MayorDavid Maynard
 • Total14.17 sq mi (36.70 km2)
 • Land13.69 sq mi (35.44 km2)
 • Water0.48 sq mi (1.26 km2)
988 ft (301 m)
 • Total18,338
 • Density1,340.01/sq mi (517.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code470/678/770
FIPS code13-83420[3]
GNIS feature ID0325442[4]
Jug Tavern Park
Downtown Winder

Winder (/ˈwndər/, WYNE-dər)[5] is a city and the county seat of Barrow County, Georgia, United States.[6] It is located east of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The population was 18,338 at the 2020 census.


The Georgia General Assembly incorporated Winder in 1893.[7][citation needed] The community was named after John H. Winder, a railroad builder,[8] and not the John H. Winder who served as a General in the Confederate Army. Before Winder was named Winder it was originally named Jug Tavern.

The first hotel of the Jameson Inn chain opened in Winder in 1987.[9]

The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 28, 1933, in Winder. This first observance included the mailing of cards to the physicians and their wives, flowers placed on graves of deceased doctors, including Dr. Long, and a formal dinner in the home of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Randolph. After the Barrow County Alliance adopted Mrs. Almond's resolution to pay tribute to the doctors, the plan was presented to the Georgia State Medical Alliance in 1933 by Mrs. E. R. Harris of Winder, president of the Barrow County Alliance. On May 10, 1934, the resolution was adopted at the annual state meeting in Augusta, Georgia. The resolution was introduced to the Women's Alliance of the Southern Medical Association at its 29th annual meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri, November 19–22, 1935, by the Alliance president, Mrs. J. Bonar White. Since then, Doctors' Day has become an integral part of and synonymous with, the Southern Medical Association Alliance.[citation needed]


Winder is located in central Barrow County at 33°59′47″N 83°43′15″W / 33.99639°N 83.72083°W / 33.99639; -83.72083 (33.996495, -83.720873).[10] It is 20 miles (32 km) west of Athens and 50 miles (80 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33.5 km2), of which 12.4 square miles (32.2 km2) is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 3.97%, is water.[5]


Major roads

Pedestrians and cycling

There are limited walkability options available currently. However, neighboring Clarke, Gwinnett and Hall counties have accessible trails available.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2020 census

Winder racial composition[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 10,787 58.82%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,746 20.43%
Native American 25 0.14%
Asian 546 2.98%
Pacific Islander 3 0.02%
Other/Mixed 929 5.07%
Hispanic or Latino 2,302 12.55%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 18,338 people, 5,799 households, and 3,885 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,391 people, 4,693 households, and 3,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 941.5 inhabitants per square mile (363.5/km2). There were 4,098 housing units at an average density of 378.2 per square mile (146.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.8% White, 18.2% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.8% of the population.

There were 4,693 households, out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,924, and the median income for a family was $40,896. Males had a median income of $31,371 versus $21,736 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,108. About 10.3% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

It has a variety of retail establishments and restaurants, especially in a new trade area that was recently annexed into the City known as The Gateway. "The Gateway" at University Parkway is a 130-acre retail development that's home of AMC (Previously Carmike) Gateway Cinemas and multiple restaurants and retail establishments. University Parkway. In November 2011, Winder residents approved Sunday alcohol sales, becoming one of the first cities in Georgia to lift the ban.[13]

Arts and culture

National Register of Historic Places

The county courthouse in Winder was built in 1920, and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places.[14]


The Barrow County Museum is located in the old Barrow County Jail, built around 1915. It features a hanging tower and jail cells.[14]


Public schools

Public schools are part of the Barrow County School District and include Winder-Barrow High School. The district consists of eight elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools.[15] The district has 610 full-time teachers and over 9,362 students.[16] The following is a list of schools featured in Winder.

Former Schools

Private schools

Colleges and universities


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  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Winder city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Winder". GeorgiaGov. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  8. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 255. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  9. ^ "About Us".
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  13. ^ FOX (June 2023). "FOX 5 Atlanta - Breaking Atlanta News, Weather, SKYFOX Traffic - WAGA". WAGA.
  14. ^ a b "Winder". Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  15. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  16. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  17. ^ Lanier Technical College, Retrieved June 3, 2010.