Tifton, Georgia

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Tifton, Georgia
Tifton City Hall
Tifton City Hall
Nickname(s): Friendly City
Location in Tift County and the state of Georgia
Location in Tift County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°27′48″N 83°30′36″W / 31.46333°N 83.51000°W / 31.46333; -83.51000Coordinates: 31°27′48″N 83°30′36″W / 31.46333°N 83.51000°W / 31.46333; -83.51000
Country United States
State Georgia
County Tift
Government
 • Mayor Jamie Cater
 • City Manager Larry Riner[1]
Area
 • Total 9.0 sq mi (23.4 km2)
 • Land 8.9 sq mi (23.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 354 ft (108 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,869
 • Density 1,686.2/sq mi (651.1/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31793-31794
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-76476[2]
GNIS feature ID 0324159[3]
Website http://www.tifton.net

Tifton is a city in Tift County, Georgia, United States. The population was 16,869 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Tift County.[4]

The area's Public Schools are administered by the Tift County School District, including two high schools. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has its main campus in Tifton. Moultrie Technical College and the University of Georgia also have Tifton Campuses. Sites in the area include the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village. The Tifton Residential Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Tifton Gazette is a daily paper published in Tifton. The Georgia Firebirds, defending champions of the NIFL, play in Tifton.

The area has about 15,000 people and is 2/3 white and 1/3 African American.

Transport[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Henry Tift Myers Airport (IATA: TMA, ICAO: KTMA, FAA LID: TMA) is a public airport located two miles (3 km) southeast of Tifton, serving the general aviation community, with no scheduled commercial airline service.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 15,060 people, 5,532 households, and 3,601 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,686.2 people per square mile (651.1/km²). There were 6,102 housing units at an average density of 683.2 per square mile (263.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.26% White, 31.57% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.61% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.56% of the population.

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, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median income for a household in the city 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 was $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.

History[edit]

Child workers at Tifton Cotton Mills, 1909. Photographed by Lewis Hine.

Tifton was founded in 1872 at an important railroad junction. The community was named for local sawmill owner Henry H. Tift. In 1905, Tifton was designated seat of the newly formed Tift County. Tifton was incorporated as a city in 1890.[5]

Progress met the south when President Eisenhower proposed a new road system that would allow travelers to get from place to place in record time, the Interstate highways.[citation needed] The interstate was a major contributor to the demise of many downtowns. As the interstate was built, new areas of development came alongside these roadways. Since World War II, many women had joined the workforce and did not have the time or luxury of staying home with children while father was at work. Quietly, the community's focus on town activities shifted from the town center to the new suburbs. Hotels were being built along the interstate to accommodate the travelers. Service stations and shopping areas were going where the development was occurring, on the interstate. The location along a major junction of highways made Tifton the ideal location for medical services serving a large (HSA 4140) geographic area.

In 2000, Tifton officially became the Reading Capital of the World, a distinction based on amassing over 2 million points in the Accelerated Reader program and achieving other goals such as increasing library circulation and reducing illiteracy rates.[citation needed] This distinction was celebrated on Nov. 15, 2000, when a packed high school stadium read aloud from Dr. SeussThe Cat in the Hat, as a 30-foot (9.1 m) Cat in the Hat balloon swayed overhead. The crowd then read silently from books of their own, earning the city dual entries in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people reading together in one place[citation needed] as well as the most reading together silently[citation needed]. Although Tifton is the reading capital of the world, the only public bookstore in town was The Christian Bookstore on Main Street; in 2012, a Walls of Books used bookstore opened, also on Main Street [1]. Tifton has a public library, in addition to an extensive college library located at nearby Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Tifton Gazette[edit]

The Tifton Gazette is a daily newspaper published in Tifton, Georgia. It is operated by South Georgia Media Group, a division of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.

Sports[edit]

In the year of 2010, Tifton welcomed the Georgia Firebirds from Waycross, Georgia to their new home. The Georgia Firebirds are defending champions of the NIFL.

Education[edit]

Tift County School District[edit]

The Tift County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of a pre-K centre, seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and an alternative school.[6] The district has 467 full-time teachers and over 7,641 students.[7]

Private schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Until recently, Tifton was the home of the world's second largest magnolia tree, which was located in Magnolia Tree Park. In 2004, the Magnolia tree was burned in a fire. The cause of the fire has never been given by local authorities. Currently, the tree and observation area are blocked from visitors by a gate.[11] Although it no longer grows, the tree still stands. It is not known where the new second largest magnolia tree resides.

Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village[edit]

Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, formerly known as Agrirama, is located in Tifton, Georgia. It opened on July 4, 1976. The grounds consist of five areas: a traditional farm community of the 1870s, an 1890s progressive farmstead, an industrial sites complex, rural town, national peanut complex, and the Museum of Agriculture Center. Over 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre (380,000 m2) site and faithfully restored or preserved. Costumed interpreters explain and demonstrate the life-style and activities of this time in Georgia’s history.

Historic District[edit]

The Tifton Residential Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 2008, It is bounded generally by 14th Street, Goff Street, 2nd Street and Forrest Avenue at coordinates 31°27′35″N 83°30′25″W / 31.459633°N 83.507°W / 31.459633; -83.507.

Notable Residents and Natives[edit]

Sister city[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Council names Riner city manager » Local News. Tifton Gazette. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 250. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  7. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  8. ^ Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  9. ^ Moultrie Technical College- Tifton Campus, Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  10. ^ University of Georgia- Tifton Agricultural Campus, Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  11. ^ "Landmark still recuperating from fire". The Tifton Gazette. 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  12. ^ "Florida State all-time team". 2001-01-31. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  13. ^ Tifton becomes sister city to Linyi, China » Local News. Tifton Gazette. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.

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