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.

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 Population6,146
Male Share of the Population43.3%
Female Share of the Population56.7%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population33


% of people married34.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.8%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$34,306
% Above Poverty Level71.3%
% Below Poverty Level28.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone31.8%
Median Gross Rent$631
Median House Value$88,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)60.5%
French Except Basque0.4%
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Sylvester Almanac

Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Albany, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City153 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida
County Worth County
Standard Zip Codes31791
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Sylvester 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
Distance17.6 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
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp36 to 59 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp54 to 79 F
Annual Precip48.4 inches
Distance25.7 miles
Jan Temp40 to 60 F
Apr Temp54 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp56 to 78 F
Annual Precip50.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ty Ty985$30,833

Sylvester Public Libraries

Worth County Library System
205 EAST POPE STREET SYLVESTER, GA 31791 (31.529042, -83.835271)
Sylvester, Georgia
(229) 776-2096

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Sylvester Hospitals

Phoebe Worth Medical Center
807 South Isabella Street
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Sylvester Public Schools

Worth County High School
406 West King St
(229) 776-8625
Total Enrollment 949
Worth County Elementary School
1401 North Isabella St
(229) 776-8605
Total Enrollment 687
Worth County Middle School
1305 North Isabella St
(229) 776-8620
Total Enrollment 858
Worth County Primary School
1304 North Isabella St
(229) 776-8660
Total Enrollment 924
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