Pitts, Georgia

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Pitts, Georgia
City
Location in Wilcox County and the state of Georgia
Location in Wilcox County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°56′43″N 83°32′24″W / 31.94528°N 83.54000°W / 31.94528; -83.54000Coordinates: 31°56′43″N 83°32′24″W / 31.94528°N 83.54000°W / 31.94528; -83.54000
Country United States
State Georgia
County Wilcox
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 381 ft (116 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 308
 • Density 385/sq mi (146.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 31072
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-61544[1]
GNIS feature ID 0332700[2]

Pitts is a city in Wilcox County, Georgia, United States. The population was 308 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Pitts is located at 31°56′43″N 83°32′24″W / 31.94528°N 83.54000°W / 31.94528; -83.54000 (31.945270, -83.540004).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all land.

History[edit]

The community which later became Pitts began as a settlement in the area of the home of L.C. Peebles, two miles east of the Alapaha River. Brock Owens and Ashley J. Pitts operated the first store there in the mid-1880s. Pitts was called Kings' Crossing at the time. When application was made for a post office, the Postmaster General preferred a shorter name. J.A. King suggested the name Pitts, in honor of his son-in-law, Ashley J. Pitts. The name was accepted, and the post office was established on 1 November 1888 with Pitts as postmaster.

On April 20, 1921, various people throughout southwest and south-central Georgia observed a meteor trail across the sky which culminated in an explosion and impact at a minimum of four spots slightly north of Pitts. Three fragments of the meteorite were recovered, one falling within a few feet of a child playing outside. It was classified as an iron meteorite.[4] The largest recovered fragment weighed 3.76 kilograms and is currently housed in the Smithsonian Institution Collection. The other fragments remain in private collections. Local accounts and fragments were collected and documented in the Geological Survey of Georgia Bulletin, Issue 29.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 279
1920 352 26.2%
1930 364 3.4%
1940 371 1.9%
1950 397 7.0%
1960 388 −2.3%
1970 345 −11.1%
1980 384 11.3%
1990 214 −44.3%
2000 308 43.9%
2010 320 3.9%
Est. 2015 308 [6] −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Cleveland Avenue in Pitts

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 308 people, 121 households, and 83 families residing in the city. The population density was 383.9 people per square mile (148.6/km²). There were 145 housing units at an average density of 180.7 per square mile (70.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.62% White and 23.38% African American.

There were 121 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,625, and the median income for a family was $26,058. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $22,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,103. About 18.9% of families and 25.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.6% of those 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The Wilcox County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school.[8] The district has 90 full-time teachers and over 1,439 students.[9]

The schools, located in Rochelle, are:

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=Georgia&sfor=places&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=All&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=18837.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=Georgia&sfor=places&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=All&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=18837 https://books.google.com/books?id=zBIMAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA141&lpg=PA141&dq=Meteorite+in+Pitts,+GA&source=bl&ots=eTJS0CbJSF&sig=3vteKD_Axt4EG7gP19VqVZmpvug&hl=en&sa=X&ei=frF5UtGHDcjIkAevkYHgCw&ved=0CEMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Meteorite%20in%20Pitts%2C%20GA&f=false http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=Georgia&sfor=places&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=All&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&code=18837 Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  9. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 30, 2010.