Whigham, Georgia

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Whigham, Georgia
Whigham City Hall
Whigham City Hall
Location in Grady County and the state of Georgia
Location in Grady County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 30°53′3″N 84°19′30″W / 30.88417°N 84.32500°W / 30.88417; -84.32500Coordinates: 30°53′3″N 84°19′30″W / 30.88417°N 84.32500°W / 30.88417; -84.32500
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyGrady
Area
 • Total1.19 sq mi (3.07 km2)
 • Land1.17 sq mi (3.04 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
282 ft (86 m)
Population
 • Total471
 • Estimate 
(2016)[1]
473
 • Density401/sq mi (155.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
31797, 39897
Area code(s)229
FIPS code13-82412[2]
GNIS feature ID0333406[3]

Whigham is a city in Grady County, Georgia, United States. The population was 471 at the 2010 census,[4] down from 666 in 2000.

Geography[edit]

Whigham is located in western Grady County at 30°53′3″N 84°19′30″W / 30.88417°N 84.32500°W / 30.88417; -84.32500 (30.884219, -84.324927).[5] U.S. Route 84 passes through the center of town as Broad Avenue; it leads east 8 miles (13 km) to Cairo, the county seat, and west 15 miles (24 km) to Bainbridge. Valdosta is 67 miles (108 km) to the east, and Dothan, Alabama, is 70 miles (110 km) to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.98%, is water.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880144
189026483.3%
190039248.5%
191062759.9%
19206625.6%
1930442−33.2%
194053320.6%
1950471−11.6%
1960463−1.7%
1970381−17.7%
198050733.1%
199060519.3%
20006314.3%
2010471−25.4%
Est. 2016473[1]0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 631 people, 179 households, and 134 families residing in the city. The population density was 533.8 people per square mile (206.5/km²). There were 212 housing units at an average density of 179.4 per square mile (69.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.01% White, 35.34% African American, 0.79% Native American, 2.06% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.54% of the population.

There were 179 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 18.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,639, and the median income for a family was $26,042. Males had a median income of $22,813 versus $17,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,103. About 25.2% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.9% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Grady County School System operates area public schools. Whigham School, a K-8 school, is in Whigham.[7] Cairo High School in Cairo serves Whigham.[8]

Notable people[edit]

The electric blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer Johnnie Marshall was born in Whigham in 1961.[9]

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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Whigham city, Georgia". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  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. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Whigham Elementary School." Grady County Schools. Retrieved on April 9, 2009.
  8. ^ "Schools." Grady County Schools. Retrieved on April 9, 2009.
  9. ^ Bob L. Eagle; Eric S. LeBlanc (May 2013). Blues: A Regional Experience. ABC-CLIO. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-313-34424-4.