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Altha, Florida
Town Hall of Altha, Florida; 2008.
Town Hall of Altha, Florida; 2008.
Location of Altha in Calhoun County, Florida.
Location of Altha in Calhoun County, Florida.
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Calhoun
Area
 • Total 1.37 sq mi (3.54 km2)
 • Land 1.34 sq mi (3.46 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
203 ft (62 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 496
 • Density 370.98/sq mi (143.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
32421
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-01000
GNIS feature ID 0277823

Altha is a small town in Calhoun County, Florida, United States. The population was 536 at the 2010 census. This is an increase from 506 as of 2000. Altha was founded in 1902.

Geography

Altha FL downtown
Downtown Altha

Altha is located at 30°34′18″N 85°7′39″W / 30.57167°N 85.12750°W / 30.57167; -85.12750 (30.571710, -85.127533).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (2.72%) is water.

Altha is located in the northwestern part of Florida, approximately 45 minutes from the Georgia state line and one hour from the Alabama state line. Altha is in a rural county, with the primary industry being agriculture. Tomatoes, watermelons, green vegetables, cucumbers, peanuts, corn, wheat, and cotton are all major industries in this farming community. The timber industry also thrives in the area, with many farmers electing to plant pine trees.

Businesses and attractions

The largest employer in Altha is Oglesby Plants International. The Chipola River, about three miles west of Altha, offers swimming and fishing opportunities.

Weather

Altha has an average high temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers in this area are quite hot and humid, with afternoon showers frequently occurring during the summer months. Altha is located about 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, so when tropical storms or hurricanes approach the coastline, weather can become severe. In 2004, during Hurricane Ivan, dozens of homes were destroyed and 4 people were killed because of a severe tornado striking near the town.

The coldest part of the winter occurs during late January and early February. Night time temperatures can dip as low as the lower 20s, and in some isolated instances, even striking the mid teens. Days can be cool during these few weeks, with day time temperatures sometimes struggling to reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 434
1960 413 −4.8%
1970 423 2.4%
1980 478 13.0%
1990 497 4.0%
2000 506 1.8%
2010 536 5.9%
2020 496 −7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 536 people and 219 households in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 99.5% Caucasian and 0.5% Asian or Hispanic/Latino. Altha previously had a segregated history but that has long since past

The population was 47 percent male and 53 percent female. Twenty-three percent of the population was under 18 and 15.5 percent was 65 or over.

Education

Altha FL old school05
Altha School

Altha, served by the Calhoun County School District is home to the K-12 Altha Public School, established early after the turn of the twentieth century.

Sports

The girls' volleyball team has won numerous district, region, and state semi-finals playoffs as well. Altha School runs boys' basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, weightlifting, and a cross-country team. The girls' and boys' weightlifting teams have won several state championships.

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