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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,568
Male Share of the Population46.6%
Female Share of the Population53.4%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+6,356
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married34%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.4%
Median Earnings25+$24,904
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,950
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,748

Wealth

Median Family Income$34,054
% Above Poverty Level62.3%
% Below Poverty Level37.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone27.9%
Median Gross Rent$605
Median House Value$108,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.8%
Irish5.7%
English4.5%
German3.9%
African1.2%
Scottish1%
Italian1%
French Except Basque0.8%
Polish0.7%
Norwegian0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Haitian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Greek0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Tifton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Tift County
Standard Zip Codes31793, 31794
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude31.46
Approximate Longitude-83.59

Tifton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTIFTON EXP STA
Distance3.7 miles
Jan Temp38 to 59 F
Apr Temp53 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 90 F
Oct Temp55 to 78 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationASHBURN 3 ENE
Distance19.5 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
StationFITZGERALD
Distance23.9 miles
Jan Temp38 to 59 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 78 F
Annual Precip45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Enigma906$35,443
Lenox727$32,143
Norman Park1,014$42,344
Omega1,305$25,515
Sumner510$46,350
Ty Ty885$30,813

Tifton Public Libraries

Coastal Plain Regional Library
2014 CHESTNUT AVENUE
Tifton, Georgia
(229) 386-3400

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Tifton Hospitals

Tift Regional Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
901 East 18th Street

Tifton Public Schools

Annie Belle Clark Primary School
1464 Carpenter Rd S
ZIP: 31793
(229) 387-2410
Primary
Total Enrollment 849
Charles Spencer Elementary School
65 Tifton Eldorado Rd
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2430
Middle
Total Enrollment 521
Eighth Street Middle School
700 8th St W
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2445
Middle
Total Enrollment 1175
G. O. Bailey Primary School
1430 Newton Dr
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2415
Primary
Total Enrollment 758
J. T. Reddick School
404 Martin Luther King Jr Dr
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2435
Middle
Total Enrollment 539
Len Lastinger Primary School
1210 Lake Dr
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2420
Primary
Total Enrollment 516
Matt Wilson Elementary School
510 17th St W
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2440
Middle
Total Enrollment 492
Northeast Campus- Tift County High School
3021 Fulwood Rd
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2450
Other
Total Enrollment 625
Northside Primary School
1815 Chestnut Ave
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2425
Primary
Total Enrollment 506
Tift County High School
1 Blue Devil Way
ZIP: 31794
(229) 387-2475
High
Total Enrollment 1565

Tifton Private Schools

Grace Baptist
1900 Golden Rd W
ZIP: 31793
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 49
Mother Goose Kindergarten
2609 Camellia Dr
ZIP: 31793
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
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