"A historic railroad town"
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||Judy B. Cook|
|• Total||7.69 sq mi (19.90 km2)|
|• Land||7.64 sq mi (19.79 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)|
|Elevation||92 ft (28 m)|
|• Density||330/sq mi (130/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|FIPS code||13-60004 |
|GNIS ID||332632 |
Pembroke is a city and county seat in Bryan County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 2,513. It is located approximately 35 miles west of Savannah, Georgia, and approximately 20 miles south of Statesboro, Georgia.
Pembroke was founded in 1892 as a railroad town and turpentine shipping center. It was named after early resident Pembroke Whitfield Williams. It was incorporated in 1905. The county seat was voted to be moved from Clyde to Pembroke in 1935, with the first County Commissioners session in Pembroke taking place on February 15, 1937.
On April 9, 1998, a F3 tornado damaged the city. It killed two people and injured 17 others along its path.
On April 5, 2022, an EF2 tornado struck the town, causing heavy damage to many structures, trees, and power lines. The tornado would later strengthen to EF4 intensity in Black Creek, causing catastrophic damage, killing one person, and injuring 12 others.
The Pembroke Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Pembroke is located in northern Bryan County at. U.S. Route 280 passes through the center of the city, leading east 10 miles (16 km) to Interstate 16 and 35 miles (56 km) to Savannah. Claxton is 16 miles (26 km) to the west.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Pembroke has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.9 km2), of which 7.6 square miles (19.6 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.17%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
Pembroke is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||935||37.21%|
|Hispanic or Latino||100||3.98%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,513 people, 887 households, and 656 families residing in the city.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,379 people, 819 households, and 630 families residing in the city. The population density was 312.5 inhabitants per square mile (120.7/km2). There were 909 housing units at an average density of 119.4 per square mile (46.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 59.56% White, 38.04% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.
There were 819 households, out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 21.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 31.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,456, and the median income for a family was $33,281. Males had a median income of $28,879 versus $19,632 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,795. About 22.4% of families and 23.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.
The Bryan County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. The district has 328 full-time teachers and over 5,552 students.
Pembroke was the birthplace of jazz musician Jabbo Smith.