Sylvester, Georgia

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Sylvester is the county seat of Worth County, Georgia, United States. The population was 5,990 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat and business center of Worth County[3] and is claimed to be the Peanut Capital of the World due to its ability to produce more peanuts per acre than anywhere else in the world.

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Geography

Sylvester is located at 31°31′53″N 83°50′10″W / 31.53139°N 83.83611°W / 31.53139; -83.83611 (31.531425, -83.836233)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.9 km²), of which, 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.52%) is water.

Sylvester is located on US 82.svg U.S. Highway 82 at the junction of Georgia 33.svg Georgia State Route 33.

History

Sylvester started as a "beautiful nowhere" in 1893 and was first called "Isabella Station". When the Brunswick and Albany Railroad came through Southwest Georgia, the county seat was Isabella, which is located three miles north of the railroad. Slowly, however, the center of gravity for trade and commerce shifted south along the railroad. Two other towns, Poulan and Sumner, sprang up along the railroad in Worth county, but it was "Isabella Station" that grew and prospered the fastest. In 1894, the citizens voted to change the name to "Sylvester". In 1898, Sylvester voted to incorporate and then on December 21, 1898, the Georgia Legislature agreed to incorporate Sylvester as a city.

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