Pittsburg is a city and the county seat of Camp County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 4,497. It is 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 Cavenders Boot City. It is also the hometown of Tennessee Titan Kendall Wright. In 1902, it was the site of an early flight attempt by the Ezekiel Air Ship Mfg Co.
Location of Pittsburg, Texas
|• Total||3.3 sq mi (8.7 km2)|
|• Land||3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||394 ft (120 m)|
|• Density||1,362.7/sq mi (522.9/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1344152|
The city is named after the family of William Harrison Pitts. 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.
Pittsburg is located at 32°59'49" North, 94°58'5" West (32.997029, -94.968044).
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there are 4,347 people (5100 as a present estimate), 1,593 households (4530 as a present estimate), 150 rental apartments, 1,056 families residing in the city, 25 Protestant churches, and 1 Catholic. The population density is 1,301.9 people per square mile (502.5/km²). There are 1,779 housing units at an average density of 532.8 per square mile (205.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 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 are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 1,593 households out of which 34.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% are married couples living together, 19.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% are non-families. 29.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.24.
In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 30.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females, there are 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 79.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $24,789, and the median income for a family is $28,398. Males have a median income of $28,750 versus $20,042 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,882. 27.7% of the population and 23.8% of families are 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 are living below the poverty line.
Pittsburg is located in the geographic center of northeast Texas in the I-30 corridor, on US Highway 271 and SH 11, ten minutes south of I-30 and forty-five miles from I-20.
- Barbara Smith Conrad, opera singer (Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Company)
- Louie Gohmert, politician, Republican U.S. Representative from Texas's 1st congressional district
- Mildred Fay Jefferson, first black woman graduate from Harvard Medical School and national pro-life leader
- Homer Jones, professional football wide receiver (New York Giants and Cleveland Browns)
- Frank P. Lockhart, who served as US Consul General and Counsellor in China.
- Ernie McAnally, professional baseball player, Montreal Expos 1971-74
- Basil Mitchell, professional football running back, Green Bay Packers 1999-2000
- Carroll Shelby, racing and automotive designer and former driver
- Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, founder of Pilgrim's Pride, largest poultry and egg producer in USA
- Dave Abernathy, Mayor of Pittsburg, Texas for 52 consecutive years.
- Kendall Wright, wide receiver for Baylor and NFL's Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears
- Jeremy Loyd, LineBacker for Iowa State University and NFL’s St. Louis Rams
- Koe Wetzel, Texas country music artist
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