Amite City, Louisiana

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Amite City, Louisiana
Town
Blythewood Plantation House
Blythewood Plantation House
Location of Amite City in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Amite City in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°43′43″N 90°30′31″W / 30.72861°N 90.50861°W / 30.72861; -90.50861Coordinates: 30°43′43″N 90°30′31″W / 30.72861°N 90.50861°W / 30.72861; -90.50861
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Tangipahoa
Incorporated 1861
Government
 • Mayor Buddy Bel (No party), elected in 2012
Area[1]
 • Total 3.88 sq mi (10.05 km2)
 • Land 3.87 sq mi (10.01 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,141
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 4,429
 • Density 1,145.63/sq mi (442.33/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 985
FIPS code 22-01885

Amite City (/ˈmt/ ay-MEET or /ˈmɪt/ ay-MIT; commonly just Amite) is a town in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States, of which it is the parish seat.[3] The population was 4,110 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology[edit]

"Amite" may come from the Choctaw word for "red ant" signifying "thrift". It may be derived from the French amitié, "friendship".[4]

Geography[edit]

Amite City is located at 30°43′43″N 90°30′31″W / 30.72861°N 90.50861°W / 30.72861; -90.50861 (30.728718, -90.508519).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), of which 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.52%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 910
1880 1,120 23.1%
1890 1,510 34.8%
1900 1,547 2.5%
1910 1,677 8.4%
1920 1,854 10.6%
1930 2,536 36.8%
1940 2,499 −1.5%
1950 2,804 12.2%
1960 3,316 18.3%
1970 3,593 8.4%
1980 4,301 19.7%
1990 4,236 −1.5%
2000 4,110 −3.0%
2010 4,141 0.8%
Est. 2016 4,429 [2] 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,110 people, 1,310 households, and 926 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,066.2 people per square mile (412.2/km²). There were 1,450 housing units at an average density of 376.1 per square mile (145.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 46.42% White, 51.82% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 1,310 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 26.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 111.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,011, and the median income for a family was $33,125. Males had a median income of $30,590 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,565. About 23.1% of families and 27.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.3% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Tangipahoa Parish School Board operates public schools:

Notable people[edit]

Buddy Bel (mayor of Amite, Louisiana) at the visitation for José Luís Abreu (1927-2015), Amite resident who was born in Cuba

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ townofamitecity.com History Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "About Dr. Charles Herring". charlesrherring.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Amite Cemetery". findagrave.com. Retrieved May 2, 2013.