Albany is the trade, retail and medical center for all of Southwest Georgia. The developmental highway system provides four-lane access to all major interstate highways, thus making Albany a transportation, trucking and distribution center. Albany also offers rail service, airline freight and passenger service and bus service.
Albany is the seat of Dougherty County government and the regional center for industry, business, retail sales, education, cultural activities, health care and news media. The greater Albany area includes seven primary counties — Baker, Calhoun, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell and Worth.
Designated as Georgia’s first five-star city in 1992, by then-Governor Zell Miller, Albany is a community that offers the amenities of a large metropolitan area while maintaining its small-town warmth and friendliness. Vital information and tips to help newcomers become established can be found on the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.albanyga.com and the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.visitalbanyga.com.
Albany’s metropolitan statistical area is Dougherty, Lee, Baker, Terrell and Worth counties, equaling a population of more than 162,000.