Altha, Florida

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Altha, Florida
Town
Town Hall of Altha, Florida; 2008.
Town Hall of Altha, Florida; 2008.
Location of Altha in Calhoun County, Florida.
Location of Altha in Calhoun County, Florida.
Coordinates: 30°34′18″N 85°7′39″W / 30.57167°N 85.12750°W / 30.57167; -85.12750Coordinates: 30°34′18″N 85°7′39″W / 30.57167°N 85.12750°W / 30.57167; -85.12750
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Calhoun
Area[1]
 • Total 1.37 sq mi (3.54 km2)
 • Land 1.34 sq mi (3.46 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 203 ft (62 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 536
 • Estimate (2017)[2] 526
 • Density 393.42/sq mi (151.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 32421
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-01000[3]
GNIS feature ID 0277823[4]

Altha is a small town in Calhoun County, Florida, United States. The population was 536 at the 2010 census.[5] This is an increase from 506 as of 2000. Altha was founded in 1902.

Geography[edit]

Downtown Altha

Altha is located at 30°34′18″N 85°7′39″W / 30.57167°N 85.12750°W / 30.57167; -85.12750 (30.571710, -85.127533).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (2.72%) is water.

Altha is located in northwestern Florida, approximately 45 minutes from the Georgia state line and one hour from the Alabama state line. Altha is in a rural county, with the primary industry being agriculture. Tomatoes, watermelons, green vegetables, cucumbers, peanuts, corn, wheat, and cotton are all major crops in this farming area. The timber industry also thrives in the area, with many farmers electing to plant pine trees.

Businesses and attractions[edit]

The largest employer in Altha is Oglesby Plants International.[7] The Chipola River, about three miles west of Altha, offers swimming and fishing opportunities.

Weather[edit]

Altha has an average high temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers in this area are quite hot and humid, with afternoon showers frequently occurring during the summer months. Altha is located about 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, so when tropical storms or hurricanes approach the coastline, weather can become severe. In 2004, during Hurricane Ivan, dozens of homes were destroyed and four people were killed because of a severe tornado striking near the town.

The coldest part of the winter occurs during late January and early February. Temperatures at night can dip as low as the lower 20s, and in some isolated instances, even striking the mid-teens. Days can be cool during these few weeks, with temperatures sometimes struggling to reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Education[edit]

Altha School

Altha is home to Altha Public School, established early after the turn of the twentieth century. The "white building", as it is nicknamed, is still located on the current campus and houses several classrooms. This building was completed in 1929, and has been renovated several times to retain its period decor while being outfitted for the 21st century.

Altha School is a PreK through 12th grade school, one of less than 20 remaining such schools in the state of Florida. In 2006, the high school portion of the school was nearly closed and consolidated with Blountstown High. In 2014, the Florida Legislature awarded the Calhoun County School Board over 20 million dollars to build a new school in Altha. Construction will begin in early 2015.

The school mascot is the Wildcat, and school colors are purple and gold. Approximately 600 students attend Altha School, a number that surpasses the town population of 507. Ranked one of the top schools in Florida,[citation needed] Altha students consistently score well above state average on FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) testing. Altha School is consistently graded as an "A school each year on the Governor's A+ School Grade program. The school is a member of the organizations FCCLA, FBLA, Beta, and FFA.

In October 2014, Altha Middle School FFA was named the National Chapter of the Year at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sports[edit]

The girls' volleyball team has won numerous district, region, and state semi-finals playoffs as well. Altha School runs boys' basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, weightlifting, and a cross-country team. The girls' and boys' weightlifting teams have won several state championships.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950434
1960413−4.8%
19704232.4%
198047813.0%
19904974.0%
20005061.8%
20105365.9%
Est. 2017526[2]−1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census of 2010, there were 536 people and 219 households in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 99.5% Caucasian and 0.5% Asian or Hispanic/Latino.

The population was 47 percent male and 53 percent female. Twenty-three percent of the population was under 18 and 15.5 percent was 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Sep 20, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ US Census Archived 2012-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.