Quitman, Georgia
Quitman City Hall
Quitman City Hall
Nickname: 
Georgia's Camellia City
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; -83.56083
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyBrooks
Government
 • MayorZinda Drew McDaniel
Area
 • Total4.15 sq mi (10.74 km2)
 • Land4.13 sq mi (10.69 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
190 ft (58 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,064
 • Density984.73/sq mi (380.18/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31643
Area code229
FIPS code13-63224[2]
GNIS feature ID0321256[3]
Websitewww.cityofquitmanga.com

Quitman is a city in and the county seat of Brooks County, Georgia, United States.[4] The population was 4,064 in 2020. The Quitman Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quitman was a home of James Pierpont, author of the song "Jingle Bells" (1857), and uncle of American financier J.P. Morgan. Pierpont was organist for the First Presbyterian Church.[5] James' daughter, Lillie, was Quitman's first librarian in 1880.[6]

A local Quitman ordinance prohibits chickens from crossing the road.[7]

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

History

Quitman was designated county seat of newly formed Brooks County in 1858. It was incorporated as a town in 1859 and as a city in 1904.[8] As the county seat, it was the center of trading in the county, which was devoted to cotton plantations before and after the American Civil War. The community was named for John A. Quitman, a hero of the Mexican–American War.[9]

Geography

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.[10] U.S. Routes 84 and 221 pass through the center of the city. US 84 leads west 121 miles to Dothan, Alabama, 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.[11]

Climate

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.[12]

Climate data for Quitman, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °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
(79)
Mean daily minimum °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)
13
(55)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 100
(4.1)
110
(4.4)
120
(4.6)
91
(3.6)
89
(3.5)
140
(5.7)
180
(6.9)
150
(6)
120
(4.6)
64
(2.5)
64
(2.5)
94
(3.7)
1,320
(51.9)
Source: Weatherbase [13]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1870784
18801,40078.6%
18901,86833.4%
19002,28122.1%
19103,91571.6%
19204,39312.2%
19304,149−5.6%
19404,4507.3%
19504,7697.2%
19605,0716.3%
19704,818−5.0%
19805,1887.7%
19905,2922.0%
20004,638−12.4%
20103,850−17.0%
20204,0645.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
US 84, part of the Quitman Historic District
Quitman racial composition as of 2020[15]
Race Num. Perc.
White 983 24.19%
Black or African American 2,805 69.02%
Native American 3 0.07%
Asian 30 0.74%
Pacific Islander 2 0.05%
Other/Mixed 113 2.78%
Hispanic or Latino 128 3.15%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,064 people, 1,476 households, and 836 families residing in the city.

Industry

The prevalent industries in Quitman are farming and automotive.

Education

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

Media

Radio station WGOV-FM 96.7 is licensed to broadcast from Quitman. The Quitman Free Press, a weekly newspaper, is the official legal publication for Brooks County. It has been in operation since 1876.

Notable people

James Lord Pierpont

References

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Jingle Bell history page
  6. ^ Polling, Dean (December 23, 2021). "Dashing through Valdosta's 'Jingle Bells'". Valdosta Daily Times. Retrieved July 11, 2023.
  7. ^ Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts, Loony Laws & Silly Statutes, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 1994. ISBN 0-8069-0472-0
  8. ^ Paul T. Hellmann (November 1, 2004). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Taylor & Francis. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-203-99700-0.
  9. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 183. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Quitman city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Quitman, Georgia
  13. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on October 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2021.

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