Pittsburg, Texas

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Pittsburg, Texas
Location of Pittsburg, Texas
Location of Pittsburg, Texas
Camp County Pittsburg.svg
Coordinates: 32°59′49″N 94°58′5″W / 32.99694°N 94.96806°W / 32.99694; -94.96806Coordinates: 32°59′49″N 94°58′5″W / 32.99694°N 94.96806°W / 32.99694; -94.96806
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.61 sq mi (9.35 km2)
 • Land3.60 sq mi (9.33 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
394 ft (120 m)
 • Total4,335
 • Density1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-57908[2]
GNIS feature ID1344152[3]

Pittsburg is a city and the county seat of Camp County,[4] Texas, United States. Best known as the former home of the giant poultry producer Pilgrim's and the home of racing legend Carroll Shelby, Pittsburg is also the birthplace of Cavender's Boot City.[5] In 1902, it was the site of an early flight attempt by the Ezekiel Air Ship Mfg Co.[6] With a 2020 census-tabulated population of 4,335, it is the most populous city in Camp County.[7]


The city is named after the family of William Harrison Pitts.[8] In 1996, the town changed its name to "Cowboys" for a few weeks in support of the Dallas Cowboys, who faced the Pittsburgh Steelers that year in Super Bowl XXX.[9]


Pittsburg is located at 32°59'49" North, 94°58'5" West (32.997029, –94.968044).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all land.

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Pittsburg has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
Pittsburg racial composition as of 2020[13]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,542 35.57%
Black or African American (NH) 1,080 24.91%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 6 0.14%
Asian (NH) 34 0.78%
Pacific Islander (NH) 5 0.12%
Some Other Race (NH) 9 0.21%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 135 3.11%
Hispanic or Latino 1,524 35.16%
Total 4,335

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,347 people, 1,593 households, 150 rental apartments, and 1,056 families in the city.[2] The population density was 1,301.9 people per square mile (502.5/km2). There were 1,779 housing units at an average density of 532.8 per square mile (205.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.50% White, 27.97% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.76% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 23.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the 2020 United States census,[7] its population was 4,335; according to the American Community Survey in 2020, 34.3% of the population was non-Hispanic white, 30.9% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.8% multiracial, and 32.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race.[16] These statistics reflected nationwide demographic trends of diversification.[17][18][19]

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $24,789, and the median income for a family was $28,398. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,042 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,882. 27.7% of the population and 23.8% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 38.8% of those under the age of 18 and 14.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. In 2020, the median household income grew to $48,340.[20]


The city of Pittsburg is served by the Pittsburg Independent School District and home to the Pittsburg High School Pirates.

The 1980-1981 Pittsburg Pirates won the 3A UIL Football State Championship 13-2 Against Van Vleck

Notable people[edit]

"Our Famous People" display at Pittsburg's Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center and Museum


  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[14][15]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "About Cavender's". www.cavenders.com. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  6. ^ "The Ezekiel Airship - Camp County ~ Number: 9794". Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Texas Historical Commission. 1976.
  7. ^ a b "Geography Profile: Pittsburg city, Texas". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  8. ^ Pittsburg from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  9. ^ "Texas Town Changing Its Name To Support Cowboys." Associated Press. https://apnews.com/7fda3249bd8cad2453e8fa4e3131922d Published Jan. 19, 1996. Retrieved Dec. 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Pittsburg, Texas
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  14. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  15. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  16. ^ "2020 ACS 5-Year Demographic and Housing Estimates". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  17. ^ "A Changing Country". The New York Times. 2021-08-13. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  18. ^ Passel, Jeffrey S.; Lopez, Mark Hugo; Cohn, D’Vera. "U.S. Hispanic population continued its geographic spread in the 2010s". Pew Research Center. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  19. ^ "US census: Hispanic and Asian-American driving US population growth". BBC News. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  20. ^ "2020 ACS 5-Year Financial Characteristics Estimates". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  21. ^ "Finding Her Voice" Archived 2009-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. – Harlem Opera Theater. – (Microsoft Word *.DOC document)
  22. ^ New York Times Obituary November 2, 2010

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