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 Population74,631
Male Share of the Population45.7%
Female Share of the Population54.3%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+28,062
Age of the Population34


% of people married29.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.9%
Median Earnings25+$30,008
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,568
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,293


Median Family Income$40,562
% Above Poverty Level67.7%
% Below Poverty Level32.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%


People Living Alone35.4%
Median Gross Rent$721
Median House Value$101,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)72.5%
West Indian0.9%
French Except Basque0.8%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
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Albany Almanac

CountyDougherty County
Standard Zip Codes31701, 31707, 31721, 31705
P.O. Box Zip Codes31706, 31708, 31702, 31703
Company Zip Codes31704
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude31.57
Approximate Longitude-84.17

Albany Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

StationALBANY 3 SE
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp35 to 60 F
Apr Temp50 to 78 F
Jul Temp70 to 93 F
Oct Temp53 to 80 F
Annual Precip53.4 inches
Distance33.5 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 78 F
Annual Precip49 inches
Distance35.6 miles
Jan Temp36 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Albany Public Libraries

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

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Albany Hospitals

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
417 Third Avenue
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital - North Campus
2000 Palmyra Road
(229) 434-2000

Albany Public Schools

Albany High School
801 W Residence Ave
ZIP: 31701
(229) 431-3300
Total Enrollment 831
Albany Regional Youth Detention Center
2030 Newton Rd
ZIP: 31701
(229) 430-1958
Total Enrollment 5
Dougherty County Drop Back In Academy
513 Corn Ave
ZIP: 31701
(229) 883-8020
Lamar Reese School Of The Arts
1215 Lily Pond Rd
ZIP: 31701
(229) 431-3495
Total Enrollment 542
Lincoln Elementary Magnet School
518 W Society Ave
ZIP: 31701
(229) 431-3373
Total Enrollment 830
Martin Luther King- Jr. Elementary School
3125 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
ZIP: 31701
(229) 438-3502
Total Enrollment 569
Monroe High School
900 Lippitt Dr
ZIP: 31701
(229) 431-3316
Total Enrollment 1077
Northside Elementary School
901 14th Ave
ZIP: 31701
(229) 431-3390
Total Enrollment 456
Southside Middle School
1615 Newton Rd
ZIP: 31701
(229) 431-3351
Total Enrollment 560
Albany Middle School
1700 Cordell Ave
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3325
Total Enrollment 625
Dougherty Comprehensive High School
1800 Pearce Ave
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3310
Total Enrollment 891
International Studies Elementary Charter School
2237 Cutts Dr
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3384
Total Enrollment 433
Jackson Heights Elementary School
1305 E 2nd Ave
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3367
Total Enrollment 717
Morningside Elementary School
120 Sunset Ln
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3387
Total Enrollment 376
Radium Springs Elementary School
2400 Roxanna Rd
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3395
Total Enrollment 613
Radium Springs Middle School
2600 Radium Springs Rd
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3346
Total Enrollment 696
Turner Elementary School
2001 Leonard Ave
ZIP: 31705
(229) 431-3406
Total Enrollment 539
Alice Coachman Elementary School
1425 W Oakridge Dr
ZIP: 31707
(229) 431-3488
Total Enrollment 560
Lake Park Elementary School
605 Meadowlark Dr
ZIP: 31707
(229) 431-3370
Total Enrollment 568
Merry Acres Middle School
1601 Florence Dr
ZIP: 31707
(229) 431-3338
Total Enrollment 882
Sherwood Acres Elementary School
2201 Doncaster Dr
ZIP: 31707
(229) 431-3397
Total Enrollment 752
West Town Elementary School
1113 University St
ZIP: 31707
(229) 431-3409
Total Enrollment 420
Westover High School
2600 Partridge Dr
ZIP: 31707
(229) 431-3320
Total Enrollment 1215
Live Oak Elementary School
4529 Gillionville Rd
ZIP: 31721
(229) 431-1209
Total Enrollment 682
Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet
324 Lockett Station Rd
ZIP: 31721
(229) 431-3362
Total Enrollment 474

Albany Private Schools

Emanuel Sda Jr Academy
1534 E Broad Ave
ZIP: 31705
Total Enrollment 9
New Beginning Christian School
905 S County Line Rd
ZIP: 31705
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 43
New Birth Fellowship Christian Academy
2106 Radium Springs Rd
ZIP: 31705
Total Enrollment 26
A School For Children
1120 W Broad Ave Ste B4
ZIP: 31707
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
Byne Christian School
2832 Ledo Rd
ZIP: 31707
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 82
Deerfield-windsor School
2500 Nottingham Way
ZIP: 31707
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 784
Life Christian Academy Of Palmyra
1225 W 4th Ave
ZIP: 31707
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 173
St Teresa's School
417 Edgewood Ln
ZIP: 31707
Total Enrollment 139
Far Horizons Montessori
613 Pointe North Blvd
ZIP: 31721
Total Enrollment 18
Sherwood Christian Academy
1418 Old Pretoria Rd
ZIP: 31721
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 418
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