Gay, Georgia

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Gay, Georgia
Town
Gay in 2013.
Gay in 2013.
Location in Meriwether County and the state of Georgia
Location in Meriwether County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°5′38″N 84°34′26″W / 33.09389°N 84.57389°W / 33.09389; -84.57389Coordinates: 33°5′38″N 84°34′26″W / 33.09389°N 84.57389°W / 33.09389; -84.57389
Country United States
State Georgia
County Meriwether
Government
 • Mayor Damien Tony
Area
 • Total 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Land 0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 840 ft (256 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 89
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 86
 • Density 175/sq mi (67.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30218
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-32384[2]
GNIS feature ID 0355988[3]

Gay is a town in Meriwether County, Georgia, United States. The population was 89 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

A post office called Gay has been in operation since 1886.[4] William F. Gay, an early postmaster, gave the town his last name.[5]

Geography[edit]

Gay is located at 33°5′38″N 84°34′26″W / 33.09389°N 84.57389°W / 33.09389; -84.57389 (33.093797, −84.573924).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910210
192029038.1%
1930251−13.4%
19402624.4%
1950241−8.0%
1960194−19.5%
19702003.1%
1980175−12.5%
1990133−24.0%
200014912.0%
201089−40.3%
Est. 201686[1]−3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 149 people, 61 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 173.1 people per square mile (66.9/km²). There were 69 housing units at an average density of 80.2 per square mile (31.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 56.38% White and 43.62% African American.

There were 61 households out of which 9.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the town, the population was spread out with 16.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 19.5% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,667, and the median income for a family was $29,583. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,840. There were 12.0% of families and 25.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 82.4% of under eighteens and 17.2% of those over 64.

Arts and culture[edit]

The town of Gay hosts a "Cotton Pickin' Fair" on the first weekend of every May and October.[8]

The town was featured in Season 2, Episode 1 of Queer Eye on Netflix.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Meriwether County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 56. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Cotton Pickin' Fair".