Tift County, Georgia
|Tift County, Georgia|
Tift County Courthouse, (Built 1912), Tifton, Georgia
Location in the state of Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||August 17, 1905|
|Named for||Nelson Tift|
|• Total||268.86 sq mi (696 km2)|
|• Land||265.05 sq mi (686 km2)|
|• Water||3.81 sq mi (10 km2), 1.42%|
|• Density||56/sq mi (145/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
The county was created on August 17, 1905, and is named for Henry Harding Tift, who founded Tifton. In 1872, Tift purchased about 65,000 acres of virgin pine timberland there in the wiregrass section of South Georgia and established a sawmill and a village for his workers. Tift eventually expanded into turpentine and barrel-making operations, and turned his barren timberlands into farms for cotton, corn, livestock, fruit, tobacco, pecans and sweet potatoes. When the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway intersected the Brunswick and Western Railroad near Tift's mill in 1888, the settlement was connected to Atlanta and became a boom town. It was incorporated as Tifton by the Georgia Legislature in 1890.
Tift provided employment and financial growth opportunities for his flourishing market center by founding the Tifton Cotton Mill, the Bank of Tifton, and other types of businesses in which he had a leading interest. These included fruit growing, groceries and general merchandise, cottonseed oil, lumber, brick and stone, and several railroads, all essential for the development of a region. Tift also established a model farm north of town and donated a large parcel of acreage for an agricultural experiment station; these enterprises led eventually to the development of Abraham Baldwin College and the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton.
Tift’s civic commitment was most evident in his donation of lands for churches (Methodist, Baptist, and Episcopal) and Fulwood Park, and in his decades of service as a city councilman and mayor. Through a variety of business and civic undertakings, Tift contributed significantly to the economic and social development of south central Georgia. Though a captain of industry, agriculture, and finance, he is best remembered for his civic service and generosity.
Tift County was created on Aug. 17, 1905, by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1905, p. 60). Because Georgia law in 1905 did not allow a new county to be named after a living person, the legislature voted to name Tift County after Nelson Tift of Albany, Georgia, who was an uncle of Henry Harding Tift.
In the 21st century, Edd Dorminey of Tift County drew up resolutions for the Tifton and Tift County Commissions to sign, which were presented and passed in March 2013 by the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate, naming Tift County after its rightful founder, Henry Harding Tift.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 268.86 square miles (696.3 km2), of which 265.05 square miles (686.5 km2) (or 98.58%) is land and 3.81 square miles (9.9 km2) (or 1.42%) is water.
- State Route 7
- State Route 35
- State Route 125
- State Route 401 (unsigned designation for I-75)
- State Route 520
- Irwin County (northeast)
- Berrien County (southeast)
- Cook County (south)
- Colquitt County (southwest)
- Worth County (west)
- Turner County (north-northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 38,407 people, 13,919 households, and 10,105 families residing in the county. The population density was 145 people per square mile (56/km²). There were 15,411 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.31% White, 28.02% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.59% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 7.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 13,919 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.40% were married couples living together, 16.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 11.60% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,616, and the median income for a family was $39,083. Males had a median income of $27,874 versus $20,997 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,833. About 15.50% of families and 19.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.00% of those under age 18 and 14.60% of those age 65 or over.
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Census Designated Places (CDP)
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||Turner County||Irwin County|
|Colquitt County||Cook County||Berrien County|