Introduction to Albany, Georgia

Albany is situated along the banks of the Flint River in Southwestern Georgia in Dougherty County. Pecan groves, farms and pine trees are still surrounding the city. The primary employers are the health care industry, education as well as the Marine Corps Logistics Base. The city is the commercial center for the southwest portion of Georgia. The well known entertainer Ray Charles was born in Albany.


The Creek Indians were the original inhabitants. They gave the region the name "Thronateeska," the term for the local flint. In 1836 Nelson Tift, from Connecticut, created a settlement near the Flint River. He chose the name Albany since the New York state capital named Albany was also situated near the navigable head of a river. Cotton production was thriving and the town became a primary transportation center. Steamboats moved the cotton to other regions. Later, it became a prominent railroad station.

In 1841 and 1925 the town experienced severe flooding caused by the Flint River. In 1942, the construction began for an Army Air Corp training base. It was later given to the US Navy and was shut down in 1974. Miller Brewing company bought a portion of the land to construct a brewing facility. In 1951 the Marine Corps constructed a huge base in the outskirts of the town.

Museums and the Arts

  • Albany Ballet Theater
  • Albany Civic Center
  • Flint Riverquarium was constructed around a large blue hole spring
  • Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum provides information and memorabilia regarding the notable Movement of the 1960s
  • Thronateeska Heritage Center
  • Albany Museum of Art features a large collection of sub-Sarahan African artwork and other art collections
  • Georgia Artists Guild of Albany
  • The Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • The Albany Concert Association offers well known national and international entertainers
  • Theatre Albany hosts plays and musicals

Historic Sites

There are a large number of Registered Historic Places in Albany including the Albany Municipal Auditorium, Carnegie Library of Albany, Rosenberg Brother's Department Store, John A. Davis House, Albany Railroad Depot Historic District and the Old St. Teresa's Catholic Church.

Activities and Sports

Lake Chehaw provides opportunities for fishing and boating. The Parks at Chehaw form a large recreational center which includes a wild animal park, a huge play area, a biking area and a variety of ecosystems. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the numerous golf courses located in Albany. The South Georgia Peanuts baseball team plays in the South Coast League. The South Georgia Wildcats play arena football games. The Albany James H. Gray Civic Center is a large facility which hosts basketball games, ice shows, rodeos, wrestling and other events.


The city is served by the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

Higher Education

Albany State University and Darton College are located in the city.


Total Population 76,466
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 27,235
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 29.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $25,312
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,780
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,016


Median Family Income $34,252
% Above Poverty Level 66.2%
% Below Poverty Level 33.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $684
Median House Value $98,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.4%
Irish 2.9%

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

Albany Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 150 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Dougherty
Metro Area Albany
Standard Zip Codes 31701, 31705, 31707, 31721
P.O. Box Zip Codes 31702, 31703, 31706, 31708
Company Zip Codes 31704
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.578
Longitude -84.155

Albany Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ALBANY 3 SE
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 60 F
Apr Temp 50 to 78 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 53.4 inches
Distance 33.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Distance 35.6 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bridgeboro (31705)

Radium Springs (31705)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baconton 794 $33,882
Bronwood 191 $33,125
Leesburg 2,965 $61,992
Newton 699 $40,000
Sasser 356 $35,000
Sylvester 6,146 $34,306

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

Albany Public Libraries

Dougherty County Public Library
Albany, Georgia
(229) 420-3200
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Albany Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(229) 883-1800
Emergency Service: Yes

2000 PALMYRA RD BOX 1908
(229) 434-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Albany High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

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Serves 1,184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

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Serves 1,053 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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Serves 789 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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