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Overview

Introduction to Fitzgerald, Georgia

Located in Ben Hill county, Fitzgerald, Georgia, is 54 miles E of Albany, Georgia (center to center) and 134 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida.

Fitzgerald History

Fitzgerald was established in the year 1895 by Philander H. Fitzgerald, an editor in the Indianapolis newspaper, as a community for the Civil War veterans. The area houses the Dorminy-Massee Bed and Breakfast, built by J. J. Dorminy in the year 1915. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city of Fitzgerald holds a seat on Ben Hill county.

Fitzgerald and nearby Attractions

  • Reed Bingham State Park
  • Georgia Cotton Museum
  • Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
  • Agrirama
  • Little Ocmulgee State Park
  • General Coffee State Park

Things To Do In Fitzgerald

The Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library is located in the town. The Colony Square Shopping Center, Village Shopping Center, Mann Shopping Center, and Hills Midtown Mall Shopping Center are also located here. The city's churches include the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Saint Peter's Church, Zion Rest Primitive Baptist Church and Church of God. Mallard Point Golf Club is the city's golf course. The Georgia Cotton Museum and Agrirama showcases exhibits that portray the historical and cultural background of the town.

Fitzgerald Transportation

The closest airport to the city is Valdosta Regional Airport.

Fitzgerald Higher Education

Higher education is available at the East Central Technical Institute, Mercer University, Georgia College and State University, and Albany State University.

People

Total Population 9,032
Male Share of the Population 45.1%
Female Share of the Population 54.9%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,581
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 30.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $31,217
% Above Poverty Level 57.1%
% Below Poverty Level 42.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $597
Median House Value $83,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.8%
Irish 4.3%

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

Fitzgerald Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 54 miles E of Albany, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 134 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida
County Ben Hill
Standard Zip Codes 31750
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.714
Longitude -83.252

Fitzgerald Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FITZGERALD
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Station ASHBURN 3 ENE
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 53 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 48.4 inches
Station DOUGLAS
Distance 27.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 51 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 52 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abbeville 2,860 $23,365
Ambrose 410 $30,208
Jacksonville 96 $31,000
Ocilla 3,445 $35,766
Rebecca 300 $28,333
Rhine 508 $32,938

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

Fitzgerald Public Libraries

Library
Fitzgerald-ben Hill County Library
123 NORTH MAIN STREET
Fitzgerald, Georgia
(229) 426-5080

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Fitzgerald Hospitals

DORMINY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
PERRY HOUSE RD BOX 989
(229) 423-5431
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fitzgerald High Schools

FITZGERALD HIGH SCHOOL
601 WEST CYPRESS STREET
229-426-5530
Serves 933 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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