Introduction to Sylvester, Georgia

Sylvester, Georgia, in Worth county, is 19 miles E of Albany, Georgia (center to center) and 153 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida. The city has a population of approximately 5,990.

Sylvester History

In 1893, a community known as "Isabella Station", was established and became the county seat of Worth County, when the Brunswick and Albany Railroad entered the region. Gradually, more communities were founded along the railroad. In 1894, the residents of Isabella Station voted to change the community's name to "Sylvester" in honor of a prominent local family. Sylvester was incorporated on December 21, 1898. The city's first courthouse burned down in 1879, but a new one was built in 1893. However, this too was damaged by fire. Following the burning of the new Worth County courthouse in 1982, Max Hufstetler was convicted as an arsonist.

Sylvester and Nearby Attractions

  • Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum
  • Thronateeska Heritage Center
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  • Reed Bingham State Park
  • Tyson Steel Wildlife Museum

Things To Do In Sylvester

Agrirama, a living history museum depicting 19th-century farm life, is close to Sylvester. The Thronateeska Heritage Center includes the Wetherbee Planetarium, the Museum of History, and the Discovery Center. The city also offers easy access to the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historical Site, and the Jimmy Carter National Historical Site. Golfing, swimming, boating, fishing, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, which also features a beach and nature trails. In addition, Sylvester is home to the Tyson Steel Wildlife Museum where animals from around the world are displayed in their natural habitats. The community celebrates the Georgia Peanut Festival in October every year. This festival includes the Peanut Parade, an annual dance called Goober Gala, an arts and crafts show, the Miss Georgia Peanut pageant, and peanut cuisine.

Sylvester Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

Sylvester Higher Education

Valdosta State University, Albany State University, and Fort Valley State University are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 6,146
Male Share of the Population 43.3%
Female Share of the Population 56.7%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,354
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 34.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $34,306
% Above Poverty Level 71.3%
% Below Poverty Level 28.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $631
Median House Value $88,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 7.1%

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

Sylvester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Albany, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 153 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida
County Worth
Standard Zip Codes 31791
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.53
Longitude -83.835

Sylvester 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 17.6 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 18.2 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
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashburn 3,875 $28,783
Doerun 790 $39,219
Poulan 1,031 $38,438
Sumner 402 $56,250
Sycamore 788 $39,107
Ty Ty 985 $30,833

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

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Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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