Quitman, Georgia

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Quitman, Georgia
City
Quitman City Hall
Quitman City Hall
Location in Brooks County and the state of Georgia
Location in Brooks County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 30°47′5″N 83°33′39″W / 30.78472°N 83.56083°W / 30.78472; -83.56083Coordinates: 30°47′5″N 83°33′39″W / 30.78472°N 83.56083°W / 30.78472; -83.56083
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBrooks
Government
 • MayorCurtis L. Pickels
Area
 • Total4.15 sq mi (10.74 km2)
 • Land4.13 sq mi (10.69 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation190 ft (58 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,850
 • Density933/sq mi (360.2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code31643
Area code(s)229
FIPS code13-63224[1]
GNIS feature ID0321256[2]
Websitewww.cityofquitmanga.com
 
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Quitman, Georgia
City
Quitman City Hall
Quitman City Hall
Location in Brooks County and the state of Georgia
Location in Brooks County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 30°47′5″N 83°33′39″W / 30.78472°N 83.56083°W / 30.78472; -83.56083Coordinates: 30°47′5″N 83°33′39″W / 30.78472°N 83.56083°W / 30.78472; -83.56083
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBrooks
Government
 • MayorCurtis L. Pickels
Area
 • Total4.15 sq mi (10.74 km2)
 • Land4.13 sq mi (10.69 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation190 ft (58 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total3,850
 • Density933/sq mi (360.2/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code31643
Area code(s)229
FIPS code13-63224[1]
GNIS feature ID0321256[2]
Websitewww.cityofquitmanga.com

Quitman is a city in Brooks County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,850 at the 2010 census.[3] The city is the county seat of Brooks County.[4] The Quitman Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district contains late 19th and early 20th century brick buildings in the commercial district and mainly wood frame homes from various periods and styles in the residential area. The streets are laid out in a grid with several central parks.

Quitman was the final home of James Pierpont, author of "Jingle Bells". He was organist for the First Presbyterian Church.[5] A local Quitman ordinance prohibits chickens from crossing the road.[6]

It is called the "Camellia City" as the tree grows in profusion around the area.

History[edit]

Quitman was founded in 1858 as seat of the newly formed Brooks County. It was incorporated as a town in 1859 and as a city in 1904. The community was named for John A. Quitman, a hero of the Mexican–American War.[7]

Geography[edit]

Quitman is located in southern Georgia at 30°47′05″N 83°33′39″W / 30.784677°N 83.560747°W / 30.784677; -83.560747.[8] U.S. Routes 84 and 221 pass through the center of the city. US 84 leads west 25 miles (40 km) to Thomasville, while US 221 leads south 24 miles (39 km) to Greenville, Florida, and 26 miles (42 km) to Interstate 10. US 84 and US 221 together lead east 15 miles (24 km) to Interstate 75 and 17 miles (27 km) to Valdosta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Quitman has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km2), of which 0.019 square miles (0.05 km2), or .50%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

US 84, part of the Quitman Historic District

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,638 people, 1,707 households, and 1,131 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,211.1 people per square mile (467.6/km²). There were 2,034 housing units at an average density of 531.1 per square mile (205.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 30.98% White, 66.36% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 1.06% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population.

There were 1,707 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.9% were married couples living together, 30.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 78.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,924, and the median income for a family was $24,154. Males had a median income of $22,727 versus $17,391 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,594. About 31.2% of families and 34.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.7% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

Industry[edit]

The prevalent industry in Quitman is farming and automotive. Cass Burch Automotive Group is located in downtown Quitman with both Dodge Chrysler Jeep & Ram and Chevrolet dealerships represented.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Quitman has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]

Climate data for Quitman, Georgia
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)18
(64)
19
(67)
23
(73)
27
(80)
31
(87)
33
(91)
33
(92)
33
(91)
31
(88)
27
(81)
23
(73)
18
(65)
26.3
(79.3)
Average low °C (°F)4
(40)
6
(42)
9
(48)
12
(54)
16
(61)
20
(68)
21
(70)
21
(70)
19
(66)
13
(56)
8
(46)
4
(40)
12.8
(55.1)
Precipitation mm (inches)104
(4.1)
112
(4.4)
117
(4.6)
91
(3.6)
89
(3.5)
145
(5.7)
175
(6.9)
150
(6)
117
(4.6)
64
(2.5)
64
(2.5)
94
(3.7)
1,322
(52.1)
Source: Weatherbase [10]

Education[edit]

Schools for Quitman are Quitman Elementary School, Brooks County Middle School, and Brooks County High School.

Media[edit]

Radio station WGOV-FM 96.7 is licensed to broadcast from Quitman.

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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Quitman city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Jingle Bell history page
  6. ^ Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts, Loony Laws & Silly Statutes, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1994. ISBN 0-8069-0472-0
  7. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). "Historical Gazetteer of the United States". Routledge. p. 243. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Quitman, Georgia
  10. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on October 15, 2013.

External links[edit]

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