Abbeville, Georgia

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Abbeville, Georgia
City
Wilcox County Courthouse in Abbeville, Georgia
Wilcox County Courthouse in Abbeville, Georgia
Nickname(s): Wild Hog Capitol of Georgia
Location in Wilcox County and the state of Georgia
Location in Wilcox County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°59′30″N 83°18′27″W / 31.99167°N 83.30750°W / 31.99167; -83.30750Coordinates: 31°59′30″N 83°18′27″W / 31.99167°N 83.30750°W / 31.99167; -83.30750
Country United States
State Georgia
County Wilcox
Area
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 256 ft (78 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,908
 • Density 741.3/sq mi (290.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31001
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-00184[1]
GNIS feature ID 0354256[2]

Abbeville is a city in Wilcox County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 2,908.[3] The city is the county seat of Wilcox County.[4]

History[edit]

Abbeville was founded in 1857 as seat of the newly formed Wilcox County. The town was incorporated in 1883.[5] The current Wilcox County courthouse was built in 1903 and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Abbeville was home to the Georgia Normal College and Business Institute.

In 1910 Abbeville had a population of 1,201.[6] In 1950 it had a population of 890.[7]

Geography[edit]

Abbeville is located at 31°59′30″N 83°18′27″W / 31.99167°N 83.30750°W / 31.99167; -83.30750 (31.991549, -83.307551).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.65%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Abbeville, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 61.2
(16.2)
61.4
(16.3)
70.6
(21.4)
78.0
(25.6)
84.9
(29.4)
90.2
(32.3)
92.2
(33.4)
91.8
(33.2)
87.5
(30.8)
79.1
(26.2)
69.8
(21)
61.2
(16.2)
77.3
(25.2)
Average low °F (°C) 34.1
(1.2)
35.6
(2)
42.9
(6.1)
49.7
(9.8)
59.4
(15.2)
67.7
(19.8)
70.2
(21.2)
70.4
(21.3)
63.9
(17.7)
52.5
(11.4)
41.7
(5.4)
35.0
(1.7)
51.9
(11.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.1
(104)
4.4
(112)
4.6
(117)
3.4
(86)
3.4
(86)
4.0
(102)
5.5
(140)
4.5
(114)
3.7
(94)
2.2
(56)
2.7
(69)
3.5
(89)
45.9
(1,166)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,298 people, 373 households, and 255 families residing in the city. The population density was 750.9 people per square mile (290.0/km²). There were 467 housing units at an average density of 152.6 per square mile (58.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 41.04% White, 58.40% African American, 0.17% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.39% of the population.

There were 373 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 21.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 12.1% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 47.0% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 302.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 369.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,193, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $27,183 versus $19,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,029. About 28.5% of families and 31.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.7% of those under age 18 and 22.0% of those age 65 or over.

In 2010 Abbeville had a population of 2,908. The racial and ethnic composition was 37.4% non-Hispanic white, 55.8% black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% non-Hispanic reporting some other race, 1.7% reporting two or more races, 5.3% Hispanic with 0.5% of the population being Hispanic who reported their race as black or African American.[10]

Education[edit]

The Wilcox County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.[11] The district has 90 full-time teachers and over 1,439 students.[12]

The schools, located in Rochelle, are:

Also Wilcox County High School will now in 2013 be having its first Integrated Prom. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has refused through a spokesperson to endorse one town’s first-ever integrated high school prom, saying that he would rather not take sides on the issue.

Trivia[edit]

Abbeville is famous for its large population of wild hogs. A Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival is held annually in May with food, arts and crafts, live music and various contests.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_SF1_GCTP2.ST13&prodType=table
  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. 215. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Farm Journal Complete Atlas of the World. 1912 Edition
  7. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Atlas, 1959 Edition, p. 298
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Abbeville, Georgia". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.
  10. ^ 2010 population figures for Abbeville
  11. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  12. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 30, 2010.