A fountain in Lanett
|Motto: "The Gateway to Alabama"|
Location in Chambers County and the state of Alabama
|• Type||Mayor - Council Form of Government|
|• Mayor||Oscar Crawley|
|• Total||6.2 sq mi (16.1 km2)|
|• Land||6.2 sq mi (16.1 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||591 ft (180 m)|
|• Density||1,040/sq mi (401.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0151988|
Lanett is a city in Chambers County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 6,468, down from 7,897 at the 2000 census. Lanett, originally called Bluffton, is located in eastern Alabama, on the Chattahoochee River, southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. The city's name is derived from Lafayette Lanier and Theodore Bennett, founders of the West Point Manufacturing Company.
Lanett is located on the eastern edge of Chambers County at 32°51'48.326" North, 85°11'58.862" West (32.863424, -85.199684). Its eastern boundary is the Alabama–Georgia state line, with the town of West Point, Georgia, bordering Lanett to the east. Interstate 85 forms the southeast boundary of Lanett, with the city of Valley, Alabama, on the other side of the highway. The unincorporated community of Huguley is along Lanett's southwest border.
The Chattahoochee River forms the state line and eastern boundary of Lanett from I-85 north to the downtown area, at which point the state line turns north-northwest and becomes a land boundary between Lanett and West Point, Georgia.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,897 people, 3,186 households, and 2,125 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,463.6 people per square mile (564.6/km²). There were 3,589 housing units at an average density of 665.2 per square mile (256.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.58% Black or African American, 45.36% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,186 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.1% were married couples living together, 22.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% 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 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,197, and the median income for a family was $36,481. Males had a median income of $28,066 versus $22,101 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,614. About 17.8% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.
- Linton Lomas Barrett, influential educator, administrator, diplomat, editor, Hispanist and translator of Romance languages
- Josh Cooper, professional football defensive end
- John Copeland, former Alabama Crimson Tide All-American who played on 1992 National Champs, NFL player for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Josh Evans, former University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazer and NFL player for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets
- Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, born in nearby Cusseta, graduate of Lanett High School
- Fred Hatfield, former Major League Baseball player
- Hal Herring, former Auburn University and professional football player. He served as the defensive coordinator for Auburn from 1953 to 1965.
- Dave Hill, former Auburn offensive lineman who played for Kansas City Chiefs in first Super Bowl
- Bobby Hunt, former Auburn University and Kansas City Chiefs defensive back who played in the first Super Bowl
- Fob James, 48th governor of Alabama, born here
- Jimmy Johnson, comic strip cartoonist who writes and draws Arlo and Janis
- Walt Landers, former NFL running back
- Jesse Francis McClendon, chemist, zoologist and physiologist, made the first pH measurement of human stomach in situ
- Marcus Pollard, Director of Player Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars
- John Levi Sheppard, U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Texas from 1899 to 1902. Listed as being born in Bluffton.
- Dick Wood, former Auburn quarterback, starting quarterback for the New York Titans in (AFL) in 1963. Served many years as assistant coach in the NFL including offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.
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