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Tifton, Georgia

  •   State: 
    Tift County
      County all: 
    Irwin | Tift
      County FIPS: 
    13155 | 13277
    31°27′48″N 83°30′36″W
      Area total: 
    13.04 sq mi (33.76 km²)
      Area land: 
    12.84 sq mi (33.26 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.19 sq mi (0.50 km²)
    354 ft (108 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Tifton, GA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Tifton, Tift County, Georgia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,327.18 residents per square mile of area (512.43/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Tifton was founded in 1872 in Berrien County at the junction of the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad and the Brunswick and Western Railroad. The city is the county seat of Tift County. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has its main campus in Tifton. Southern Regional Technical College and the University of Georgia also have campuses in the city. Tifon was home to the world's second largest magnolia tree, which was destroyed in a fire in 2004. The cause of the fire has never been given by local authorities, and the tree still grows in the area, but it is blocked from visitors by a gate. The population of the city was 17,045 at the 2020 census, and is expected to rise to 18,000 by the end of the decade. The area's public schools are administered by the Tifts County School District. The Tifson Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village is listed in the U.S. National Park Service's National Park System. The Coastal Plain Research Arboretum is located in the town of points of interest, which is also home to an extensive public library. The town is located along Interstate 75, which runs north to south through the city, leading north 167 mi (269 km) to Atlanta and south 45 mi (72km) to Valdosta. Several passenger trains made stops in Tiftton: the Atlantic Coast Line's Seminole, Flamingo and City of Miami and the Southern Railway's Ponce de Leon and Royal Palm.


Tifton is the primary city name, but also Abac, Abraham Baldwin College are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Tifton, Georgia. Tifton was founded in 1872 in Berrien County at the junction of the Georgia Southern and Florida Railroad and the Brunswick and Western Railroad. In 1905, it was designated county seat of the newly formed Tift County. Several Chicago-Florida and Cincinnati-Florida passenger trains made stops in Tifton. With the discontinuance of the City of Miami in 1971, Tifon was left without passenger service. The city was incorporated as a city in 1890. It was named after Henry H. Tift, owner of a sawmill in the area. It is located on the Atlantic Coast Line and the Southern Railway's Ponce de Leon and Royal Palm lines. It has a population of about 2,000, the majority of whom live in the city's downtown area. The town is home to the University of Florida's College of Arts and Sciences, which has a chapter in the Tift College of Music. It also has a branch of the Florida State College of Art and Design, which is located in the downtown area of the city. The Tift School of Music was established in the early 20th century. The school was the first in the state to offer classes in English, with the first class of students graduating in 1923. The University of South Florida's School of Law and Sciences opened in 1925. The College of Business and Technology was founded the same year. The college is now a part of Florida State University, which opened in 1929. The university's business school opened in 1936. It now has a business school.


Tifton is located in south central Georgia along Interstate 75. Interstate 75 leads north 167 mi (269 km) to Atlanta and south 45 mi (72km) to Valdosta. Other highways that pass through the city include U.S. Route 41, U.S. Route 82, and Georgia State Route 125. Tifton has a population of about 2,000. The city is located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, a tributary of the Black Warrior River. It is located near the junction of Interstate 75 and Interstate 20, which runs north to south through the town. It also has a small airport, which is located just south of the city. The town is home to the Georgia State College of Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1883. The Tifon River runs through the center of the town, leading north and south to Atlanta, Valdosta, and other cities in the south. It was also the site of the Georgia Civil Rights Movement, which began in the early 20th century, when the city's first black residents were moved to the city from other parts of the state. It has been home to a number of businesses, including a bank, a school, a hospital, and a bank. The community is also known for its large number of historic buildings, many of which date back to the early 19th century. The area was once known as "The City of the Stars" because of its location on the Blackwater River.


As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 16,350 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 49.4% White, 36.0% Black, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, and 0.3% Pacific Islander. The city has a population of 17,045 as of the 2020 United States census. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.08. The median income for a household in theCity was $30,234, and the median income. for a family was $37,023. Males had a median income of $27,206 versus $20,174 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,455. About 20.7% of families and 26.9%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.0. of those under age 18 and 13.7%. of those age 65 or over. There were 5,532 households, out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9. were married couples living together, and 20.0%. There were 6,102 housing units at an average density of 683.2 per square mile (263.8/km²). The city's population was 61.26% White and 31.57% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.56% of the town's population.

Arts and culture

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, formerly known as Agrirama, is located in Tifton, Georgia. The grounds consist of five areas: a traditional farm community of the 1870s, an 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial sites complex, rural town, and national peanut complex. Over 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre (380,000 m2) site and faithfully restored or preserved. In 2004, the world's second largest magnolia tree, which was located in Magnolia Tree Park, was burned in a fire. The cause of the fire has never been given by local authorities. Although it no longer grows, the tree still stands. It is not known where the new second largest Magnolia tree resides. The Tift County Courthouse is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The town has a public library, in addition to an extensive college library located at nearby Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The city is home to the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum, which is a botanical garden with a collection of over 1,000 species of plants and trees. It also has the Tifon Residential Historic District, which has been listed on the U.S. National  Register of Historic Dignitaries on April 30, 2008, and is bounded generally by 14th Street, Goff Street, 2nd Street and Forrest Avenue at coordinates 31°2735N 83°3025W. It has the Georgia State Museum, which opened July 4, 1976.


In 2000, the boys 10u baseball team won the state championship with an undefeated season (24-0). In 2010, the indoor football team Georgia Firebirds relocated from Waycross, Georgia to Tifton. The school's mascot is the "Tifton Tiger" and the school's colors are blue, white, and yellow. The town is home to the Georgia Tech football team and the Georgia Bulldogs basketball team. The TIFton High School football team won a state championship in 2000. The football team moved to the town in 2010 and won another state title in 2011. The high school's football team also won the 2010 state championship. The baseball team went 24-0 and won the 2000 state championship as well as the 1999 state title. The soccer team won two state titles in 2000 and 2009. The basketball team won three state championships in 2000, 2009, and 2010. The track and field team won four state titles and one state championship from 1999 to 2001. The volleyball team won one state title from 1999-2000. The wrestling team won six state titles from 1998-2000 and 2010-2011. The cheerleading team won five state championships from 1998 to 2000 and 2011-2012. The tennis team won seven state titles. The golf team won eight state titles, including the 1999 and 2010 state finals. The swimming team won nine state championships and two state runner-ups. The girls' basketball team was undefeated in 1999 and 2008. The boys' soccer team was also undefeated in 2009 and 2010, and the girls' volleyball team was unbeaten in 2010.


The Tift County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and an alternative school. The district has 467 full-time teachers and over 7,641 students. Tiftarea Academy, located in Chula, Georgia (K-12) is the only private school in the district. The University of Georgia - Tifton Agricultural Campus is the state's only higher education institution. The school district also has a number of private schools, including Grace Baptist Christian School, which is a Christian school for boys and girls, and Tift Area Academy, a private school for girls and boys, which was founded in 2007. It is located in the town of Tiftton, Georgia, which has a population of around 2,000. It also has one of the largest high schools in the state, with more than 1,000 students in grades 7-12. It has a high school with over 1,500 students, as well as two middle and one high schools, and one alternative school, with over 700 students. The high school has a total of 467 teachers, and the middle school has over 2,500. The private school has more than 100 students, and has an enrollment of more than 2,300. The state's higher education institutions have over 3,200 students, including two colleges. The university has two colleges, one of which is an agricultural college, the other one is a technical college.


Henry Tift Myers Airport is a public airport located two miles (3 km) southeast of Tifton. It serves the general aviation community, with no scheduled commercial airline service. The airport was built in the 1930s by Henry Tift, the son of a former U.S. president. It was named after his father, who was born in Tift's hometown of Tiftstown, Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest airports in the state, with a population of more than 10,000. It has a total length of 2.5 miles (4.5 km) and a runway of 6.5 kilometers (3.5 m). It is the largest airport in the U.K. with a total area of 1.9 square miles (2.4 km) and an airport population of 1,856. It also has a major highway, Interstate 75, which runs through the town. Its major highways are: Interstate 75 (I-75), Interstate 82 (U.S.) and State Route 125 (State Route 125). The airport also has an airfield, which is used for general aviation and air ambulance services. Its runway is 6.2 kilometers (5.2 miles) in length and has an asphalt surface of 2,500 feet (1,500 meters) The airport has no scheduled airline service, but does have a general aviation airfield with an air traffic control tower. Its main airport is Tifttown Airport, which has an airport code of AA.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia = 84. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 73. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Tifton = 6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 17,045 individuals with a median age of 32 age the population grows by 4.24% in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,327.18 residents per square mile of area (512.43/km²). There are average 2.44 people per household in the 5,897 households with an average household income of $34,056 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.00% of the available work force and has dropped -5.14% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 18.72%. The number of physicians in Tifton per 100,000 population = 258.9.


The annual rainfall in Tifton = 47.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 103. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 226. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 38.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 31, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia which are owned by the occupant = 46.58%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $82,860 and home appreciation of -4.22%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.48 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,218 per student. There are 15.2 students for each teacher in the school, 347 students for each Librarian and 478 students for each Counselor. 5.70% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 11.79% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.02% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Tifton's population in Tift County, Georgia of 1,384 residents in 1900 has increased 12,32-fold to 17,045 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.06% female residents and 47.94% male residents live in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia.

    As of 2020 in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia are married and the remaining 48.07% are single population.

  • 17.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Tifton require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.03% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.32% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.65% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 0.88% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia, 46.58% are owner-occupied homes, another 46.56% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.86% are vacant.

  • The 54.44% of the population in Tifton, Tift County, Georgia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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