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Demographics



  • According to the 2000 Census, 65.3% of Tift County residents were white and 28.0% were black. Hispanics, who can be identified as either white or black in the Census data, made up 7.7% of the county's population. Statewide, 65.1% of residents were white, 28.7% were black and 5.3% were Hispanic.
  • In Tift County, 28.6% of the county’s residents were age 18 or younger, while 11.7% were age 65 or older. Statewide, 26.5% were age 18 or younger and 9.6% were age 65 or older.
  • The 2000 Census reports 10.3% of Tift County's households were headed by females with children under 18 years of age, compared with 9.0% statewide. Total households with children under 18 represented 35.4% of all households in the county, compared to 35.0% statewide.
  • Between 2001 and 2005, Tift County school system reported an average high school dropout rate of 8.8% for students in grades 9 to 12. Statewide, this rate is 5.6% for the same period of time.
  • Tift County spent an average of $5,628 per student for public education each year between 2001 and 2005, while the statewide average was $6,603.
  • Based on the 2004 graduating class for that county school system, 53.4% of the students were eligible for the HOPE Scholarship Program. The scholarship is available to eligible students to attend a post-secondary school in Georgia. Statewide, 62.0% of the graduating students were eligible for the HOPE scholarship.
  • Between 2000 and 2004, the infant mortality rate (infant deaths per 1,000 live births) was 7.7 for the county. The statewide rate was 8.6 during the same period.
  • In 2002, the number of physicians in the county per 100,000 population was 244.0, compared to the 192.6 statewide average. Tift County had 4.4 hospital beds per 1,000 population in 2004, which was greater than the statewide average of 2.7 hospital beds per 1,000 population.
  • The 2004 index crime rate (crimes per 1,000) for Tift County was 74.1. Statewide, in 2004, the rate was 40.8. Of the total index crimes reported for that county, 16.0% were violent crimes, while 84.0% were property crimes.
  • In 2004, 56.5% of the adult population in the county was registered to vote. 45.1% of the voting-age adult population for Tift County voted in the 2004 general election. Statewide, 70.6% of eligible Georgians were registered to vote, while 55.1% of those eligible voted in the general election that year.
Community Population Growth (%)
1980 1990 2000 1980-1990 1990-2000
Omega 996 912 1,340 -8.4 % 46.9 %
Tifton 13,749 14,215 15,060 3.4 % 5.9 %
Ty Ty 618 579 716 -6.3 % 23.7 %
Tift 32,862 34,998 38,407 6.5 % 9.7 %

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