Fitzgerald, GA Demographics

Former Union soldiers founded the city of Fitzgerald, the county seat of Ben Hill County. The city was incorporated on December 2, 1896. The courthouse in Ben Hill County was constructed in 1909 and is listed under the National Register of Historic Places.

Fitzgerald is named for P.H. Fitzgerald, an Indiana attorney, who envisioned a Southern town that would be home for aged Union soldiers.

The Historic District on South Lee and South Main streets in Fitzgerald is listed on the National Register. The town’s streets are named for Union and Confederate generals. The old railroad depot is home to the Blue and Grey Museum of Civil War memorabilia.

East Central Technical Institute, a member of Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, is located in the City of Fitzgerald.

Population (year 2000): 8,758. Estimated population in July 2005: 8,920 (+1.8% change)
Males: 3,986 (45.5%), Females: 4,772 (54.5%)

Ben Hill County

Zip code: 31750

Median resident age: 34.9 years
Median household income: $20,805 (year 2000)
Median house value: $52,500 (year 2000)

Races in Fitzgerald:

  • Black (49.3%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (45.7%)
  • Hispanic (4.4%)
  • Other race (2.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)

Ancestries: United States (14.2%), Irish (5.1%), English (3.6%), Subsaharan African (3.0%), German (1.6%), Scotch-Irish (1.4%).

Elevation: 338 feet

Land area: 7.2 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Fitzgerald

  • High school or higher: 62.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.4%
  • Unemployed: 7.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fitzgerald city

  • Never married: 28.5%
  • Now married: 42.2%
  • Separated: 4.4%
  • Widowed: 12.9%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

3.1% Foreign born (2.7% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -300 (-3.3%).

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Fitzgerald:

  • DORMINY MEDICAL CENTER (PERRY HOUSE RD BOX 989)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Fitzgerald:

  • IRWIN COUNTY HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; OCILLA, GA)
  • TIFT REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 24 miles; TIFTON, GA)
  • COFFEE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 32 miles; DOUGLAS, GA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Fitzgerald:

  • MOODY AFB (about 52 miles; VALDOSTA, GA; ID: VAD)
  • VALDOSTA RGNL (about 66 miles; VALDOSTA, GA; ID: VLD)
  • SOUTHWEST GEORGIA REGIONAL (about 66 miles; ALBANY, GA; ID: ABY)

Other public-use airports nearest to Fitzgerald:

  • FITZGERALD MUNI (about 3 miles; FITZGERALD, GA; ID: FZG)
  • TURNER COUNTY (about 26 miles; ASHBURN, GA; ID: 75J)
  • HENRY TIFT MYERS (about 26 miles; TIFTON, GA; ID: TMA)

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Fitzgerald:

  • EAST CENTRAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 919; Location: 667 PERRY HOUSE RD; Public; Website: www.ectcollege.org)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fitzgerald:

  • ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY (about 60 miles; ALBANY, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,996)
  • VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 60 miles; VALDOSTA, GA; FT enrollment: 7,157)
  • FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (about 73 miles; FT VALLEY, GA; FT enrollment: 2,233)
  • MACON STATE COLLEGE (about 80 miles; MACON, GA; FT enrollment: 2,557)
  • CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 80 miles; MACON, GA; FT enrollment: 2,383)
  • MERCER UNIVERSITY (about 82 miles; MACON, GA; FT enrollment: 5,859)
  • GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 95 miles; MILLEDGEVILLE, GA; FT enrollment: 4,028)

Schools

Public high school in Fitzgerald:

  • FITZGERALD HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 933; Location: 601 WEST CYPRESS STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Fitzgerald:

  • BEN HILL COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOL (Students: 923; Location: 221 J. C. HUNTER DRIVE; Grades: PK – 02)
  • BEN HILL COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 755; Location: 134 J. C. HUNTER DRIVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • BEN HILL COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 698; Location: 327 DEWEY MCGLAMRY ROAD; Grades: 03 – 05)
  • PREK CENTER (Location: 405 NORTH LONGSTREET STREET; Grades: 00 – 00)
  • BEN HILL COUNTY ALTERNATIVE CENTER (Location: 400 W. JESSAMINE ST.; Grades: 00 – 00)

Libraries

Library in Fitzgerald:

  • FITZGERALD-BEN HILL COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $346,415; Location: 123 NORTH MAIN STREET; 55,444 books; 366 audio materials; 2,183 video materials; 112 serial subscriptions)