Introduction to Lanett, Alabama

Lanett, Alabama, in Chambers county, is 30 miles NW of Columbus, Georgia (center to center) and 76 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city has a population of 7,897.

Lanett History

Lanett derived its name from two local mill owners, Lafayette Lanier and Theodore Bennett. Originally, Lanett was known as the Town of Bluffton. It was incorporated on December 7, 1865. After 28 years, the citizens changed its name and the City of Lanett was founded on February 1, 1895, following an approval of the charter for name change. One of the last Civil War battles east of the Mississippi occurred near the city in 1865.

Lanett and nearby Attractions

  • Riverside Country Club
  • Valley Shopping Center
  • West Side Baptist Church
  • Fort Tyler
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
  • Chambers County Museum

Things To Do In Lanett

Southern Harbor Resort and Marina, located in the south end of West Point Lake in Lanett, offers a variety of lakefront activities including cottage rentals, boating, water sports, and the Key west Grille restaurant. The City of Lanett's recreation center offers youth football, soccer, cheerleading, and basketball. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art features collections of American and European 19th and 20th century art. Chewacla State Park spreads over 696 acres of land and offers camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and picnicking. There are also a few shopping places offering popular chain stores, specialty boutiques, antique shops, and local flea markets.

Lanett Transportation

The nearest airport is Columbus Metropolitan Airport.

Lanett Higher Education

Auburn University, Southern Union State Community College, and Columbus State University are the closest universities and colleges.


Total Population 6,457
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,238
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 31.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $31,867
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38.1%
Median Gross Rent $577
Median House Value $81,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 3.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lanett Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NW of Columbus, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles SW of Atlanta, Georgia
County Chambers
Standard Zip Codes 36863
Phone Area Codes 334
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.868
Longitude -85.19

Lanett Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 77 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 77 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lanett, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

La Nett (36863)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 58,693 $76,066
Five Points 181 $51,250
Opelika 28,544 $51,722
Roanoke 6,013 $39,882
Valley 9,444 $49,840
Waverly 266 $92,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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