Pelham, Georgia

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Pelham, Georgia
Pelham City Hall
Pelham City Hall
Location in Mitchell County and the state of Georgia
Location in Mitchell County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°7′36″N 84°9′10″W / 31.12667°N 84.15278°W / 31.12667; -84.15278Coordinates: 31°7′36″N 84°9′10″W / 31.12667°N 84.15278°W / 31.12667; -84.15278
Country United States
State Georgia
County Mitchell
 • Mayor Steven Turner
 • City Manager Doug Westberry
 • Total 4 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Land 4 sq mi (10.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,898
 • Density 950.73/sq mi (393/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31779
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-59976[1]
GNIS feature ID 0320347[2]

Pelham is a city in Mitchell County, Georgia, in the United States. The population was 3,898 at the 2010 census. Pelham is located on the crossroads of US 19 and State Route 93 and is approximately 38 miles south of Albany and approximately 26 miles north of Thomasville.[citation needed]


Pelham was incorporated in 1881 and named in honor of American Civil War officer John Pelham.

Seasonal events[edit]

Slice of Sizzlin' Summer in the Park

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Christmas Parade

Pelham Wildlife Festival

Geography and climate[edit]

Pelham is located at 31°7′36″N 84°9′10″W / 31.12667°N 84.15278°W / 31.12667; -84.15278 (31.126629, -84.152703).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.1 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.25% is water.

Pelham has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by humid summers and mild winters. Pelham gets 52 inches of rain per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 90. Pelham has on average 233 sunny days per year. The July high is around 93 degrees Fahrenheit. The January low is 39 degrees Fahrenheit.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,126 people, 1,467 households, and 999 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,019.2 people per square mile (393.3/km²). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 393.0 per square mile (151.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.13% African American, 41.66% White, 0.24% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 1,467 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 28.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,040, and the median income for a family was $24,968. Males had a median income of $21,476 versus $17,161 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,703. About 29.6% of families and 33.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.0% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.


The Pelham City School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of one elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.[4] The district has 101 full-time teachers and over 1,627 students.[5]

Notable people[edit]

  • Donnie Cochran - former commander of the Blue Angels Precision Air team and first black member
  • Don Griffin - two-time Super Bowl winner with San Francisco 49'ers


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  5. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 24, 2010.