Downtown York, Alabama
Location in Sumter County and the state of Alabama
|• Total||7.1 sq mi (18.3 km2)|
|• Land||7.1 sq mi (18.3 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||190 ft (58 m)|
|• Density||402/sq mi (156/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0129302|
York is located at .
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18 km2), of which, 7.1 square miles (18 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.28%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,854 people, 1,046 households, and 689 families residing in the city. The population density was 403.2 people per square mile (155.6/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 170.8 per square mile (65.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 20.71% White, 78.31% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,046 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.4% were married couples living together, 28.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 75.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $19,153, and the median income for a family was $23,417. Males had a median income of $28,362 versus $15,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,792. About 34.6% of families and 38.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.6% of those under age 18 and 27.5% of those age 65 or over.
York is home to the Coleman Center for Arts and Culture.
- Dr. F. N. Nixon, prominent leader in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Nixon was one of the first black elected officials in Sumter County and was instrumental in getting "food stamps" and other federal aid available to the poor black citizens of the Black Belt region. Nixon served as President of the Alabama Missionary Baptist State Convention for nearly four years and pastored Alabama churches for nearly sixty years. He died in October 2006.
- Robert L. Bragg, former airline captain for Pan Am and United Airlines. On March 27, 1977, Bragg was the first officer for Pan Am Flight 1736, one of the Boeing 747s lost in the Tenerife airport disaster. He was one of the 61 people from Flight 1736 to survive.
- Opera Singer and Musical Theatre Performer John Willis Brown, born in York to J.W. and Ethel (Armstrong) Brown. John returned to Sumter County and York in the mid - 90's and continues to help educate local youth in the Arts while keeping his hand in as a regional performer. He has led choirs from Sumter County to New York City's Carnegie Hall on three different occasions. John Brown died at his home in York, Al on September 22, 2012. He was 51 years old
- Bobby Collins, former NFL player.
- Marko Mitchell, American football wide receiver
- Dale Steele, former American football coach
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "TenerifeCrash.Com". Robert Bragg. Retrieved 2008-12-30.