Location of Atlanta, Texas
|County||Cass City Type: Rural/City|
|• Total||11.1 sq mi (28.7 km2)|
|• Land||10.9 sq mi (28.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||259 ft (79 m)|
|• Density||525.4/sq mi (202.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1372354|
Atlanta is located at (33.118228, -94.166537).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (29 km2), of which, 10.9 square miles (28 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.17%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,745 people, 2,254 households, and 1,571 families residing in the city. The population density was 525.4 people per square mile (202.9/km²). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 233.8 per square mile (90.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.13% White, 29.23% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.
There were 2,254 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,188, and the median income for a family was $32,679. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $19,715 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,013. About 19.0% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.4% of those under age 18 and 19.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892-1926) was an American civil aviator. She was born in Atlanta, raised in Waxahachie, Texas. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license.
- Drew Stubbs, center-fielder for the Colorado Rockies. Stubbs graduated from Atlanta High School in 2003. He was a three-time All-American in baseball and two-time academic All-American at the University of Texas. He hit a game-winning triple for Team USA in the 2004 FISU II World University Baseball Championship game in Taiwan. Stubbs was the Longhorns' co-MVP, named Big 12 co-Player of the Year and one of 5 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2006. Stubbs was the first round pick (8th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Stubbs made his major league debut on August 19, 2009. In his second game, he hit a game-winning home run to beat the San Francisco Giants.
- Derrick Blaylock was drafted into the NFL in 2001 by the Kansas City Chiefs as a running back. He was a running back for Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks from 1997–2000. He also played for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
- Kelley Arnold (1910-2003), Brigadier General, Assistant Division Commander of the 49th Armored Division 1965-1970, Adjutant General and Chief of Staff of the 49th Armored Division (1961-1965), Texas Military Forces Hall of Honor, Camp Mabry, Texas.
- Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host and comedian. Shortly after her parents divorced in January 1974, she and her mother moved to Atlanta from New Orleans. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976.
- Scott Joplin, world-famous composer from the Atlanta area, born in Linden, Texas, had a band in the Queen City area appropriately named the Queen City Troupe, before moving to New York. Wrote "The Entertainer" and other widely known compositions.
- Gordon McLendon, pioneer of American commercial broadcasting who attributed his beginnings in radio to Atlanta, Texas. McLendon was born in Paris, Texas, and partially raised in Oklahoma before moving with his parents to Atlanta where he attended high school and developed his love for commentary that he made famous on the Liberty Broadcasting System and KLIF in Dallas. He was a pioneer of offshore pirate radio with Radio Nord off Stockholm, Sweden, and later using the same ship, with Radio Atlanta (which became Radio Caroline South), off southern England. McLendon was noted for his strange sense of humor and this is true with the enigma of the name "Radio Atlanta", which he chose for a station broadcasting to the UK. It was a name whose origins few could decipher.
- Grace Phipps, actress, main/secondary role, playing Lela in the Disney Channel original movie Teen Beach Movie.
- Kevin Rahm, actor and was a regular on Judging Amy and Desperate Housewives. He now has a recurring role on AMC's Mad Men. He graduated from Atlanta High School in 1989.
- Ted Thompson, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, was born and raised here, graduating from Atlanta High School in 1971. He has been a part of the NFL for 25 years, including 10 years as a player for the Houston Oilers.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Atlanta has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Profile for Atlanta, Texas". ePodunk. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Climate Summary for Atlanta, Texas
- AtlantaTexas.org - City website by the Atlanta City Development Corporation.
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- Amen900.com - KPYN Radio - Atlanta, Texas
- Texas State Historical Association - Handbook of Texas