Pembroke, Georgia
Pembroke Historic District (2021)
Pembroke Historic District (2021)
Motto(s): 
"A historic railroad town"
Location in Bryan County and Georgia
Location in Bryan County and Georgia
Coordinates: 32°8′24″N 81°37′25″W / 32.14000°N 81.62361°W / 32.14000; -81.62361Coordinates: 32°8′24″N 81°37′25″W / 32.14000°N 81.62361°W / 32.14000; -81.62361[1]
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBryan
Government
 • MayorJudy B. Cook[2]
Area
 • Total7.69 sq mi (19.90 km2)
 • Land7.64 sq mi (19.79 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation92 ft (28 m)
Population
 • Total2,513
 • Density330/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31321
Area code(s)912
FIPS code13-60004 [1]
GNIS ID332632 [1]
Websitepembrokega.net

Pembroke is a city and county seat in Bryan County, Georgia, United States.[1] As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 2,513.[4] It is located approximately 35 miles west of Savannah, Georgia, and approximately 20 miles south of Statesboro, Georgia.

History

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

The Pembroke Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Pembroke is located in northern Bryan County at 32°08′24″N 81°37′25″W / 32.139892°N 81.623553°W / 32.139892; -81.623553.[1] 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.[8]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910467
192056019.9%
193078840.7%
19401,03931.9%
19501,17112.7%
19601,45023.8%
19701,361−6.1%
19801,4002.9%
19901,5037.4%
20002,37958.3%
20102,196−7.7%
20202,51314.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

Pembroke is part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2020 census

Pembroke racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,308 52.05%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 935 37.21%
Native American 2 0.08%
Asian 20 0.8%
Pacific Islander 7 0.28%
Other/Mixed 141 5.61%
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.

2000 census

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 2,379 people, 819 households, and 630 families residing in the city. The population density was 312.5 people 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.

Education

The Bryan County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools.[12] The district has 328 full-time teachers and over 5,552 students.[13]

Notable people

Pembroke was the birthplace of jazz musician Jabbo Smith.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pembroke, Kansas", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey
  2. ^ "Pembroke, GA - Mayor & Council". pembrokega.net. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Profile of Pembroke, Georgia in 2020". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 173. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ NWS Damage Survey for the April 5, 2022 Tornado Event in Bryan County GA - Update #2 (Report). Iowa Environmental Mesonet. National Weather Service in Charleston, South Carolina. April 28, 2022. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "After tornadoes strike the Southeast, Ga. residents recount the terror". The Washington Post. April 6, 2022. Archived from the original on April 7, 2022.
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Pembroke city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  13. ^ School Stats, Retrieved May 31, 2010.