Introduction to Tifton, Georgia

Tifton, Georgia, in Tift county, is 39 miles E of Albany, Georgia and 134 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida.

Tifton History

Captain Henry Harding Tift of Mystic, Connecticut, came to this region in the mid 1800s to harvest timber for his family shipbuilding business. He built a sawmill in the area, and the community was called 'Tifts Town' in his honor. In 1890, the name was changed to Tifton. The place was laid out in the same format as that of Mystic, Connecticut. Tifton officially became the 'Reading Capital of the World' in the year 2000.

Tifton and nearby Attractions

  • Georgia Agrirama Living History Museum
  • Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage
  • Wesleyan Methodist Church
  • Marys Pond
  • Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site
  • Fulwood Park

Things To Do In Tifton

The Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site houses a Civil War museum. The Georgia Agrirama Living History Museum and the Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage also provide valuable information about the history and culture of the region. Marys Pond and Fullwood Lake are among the stunning reservoirs in the city where one can also enjoy a host of recreational and fitness activities. The city of Tifton also celebrates the Love Affair Fine Arts Festival every May.

Tifton Transportation

Facilities for air transportation are provided by the Moody AFB Airport.

Tifton Higher Education

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is the local institute of higher education. Albany State University and Valdosta State University also offer opportunities for higher learning.


Total Population 16,656
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 5,803
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 31.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $26,828
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,551
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,180


Median Family Income $36,381
% Above Poverty Level 60.2%
% Below Poverty Level 39.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $572
Median House Value $130,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 6.9%

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

Tifton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles E of Albany, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 134 miles NW of Jacksonville, Florida
County Tift
Standard Zip Codes 31793, 31794
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.45
Longitude -83.508

Tifton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 53 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Distance 19.5 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 23.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Abac (31794)

Abraham Baldwin College (31794)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Enigma 903 $26,750
Lenox 832 $31,731
Norman Park 1,220 $43,125
Omega 1,299 $19,107
Sumner 402 $56,250
Ty Ty 985 $30,833

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

Tifton Public Libraries

Coastal Plain Regional Library
Tifton, Georgia
(229) 386-3400
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Tifton Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
901 E 18TH ST
(229) 382-7120
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tifton High Schools

Serves 1,417 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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