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Pelham, Georgia
Pelham City Hall
Pelham City Hall
Location in Mitchell County and the state of Georgia
Location in Mitchell County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Mitchell
Area
 • Total 4.08 sq mi (10.56 km2)
 • Land 4.08 sq mi (10.56 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
361 ft (110 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,507
 • Density 859.98/sq mi (332.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
31779
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-59976
GNIS feature ID 0320347
Website http://cityofpelhamga.com

Pelham is a city in Mitchell County, Georgia, United States. The population was 3,898 at the 2010 census. Pelham is at the crossroads of US 19 and State Route 93 and is approximately 38 miles (61 km) south of Albany and about 26 miles (42 km) north of Thomasville. Pelham is well-known for its agriculture, with vast farming of cotton and pecans in the area.

History

Pelham was incorporated in 1881 and may have been named in honor of American Civil War officer John Pelham. However, it is just as likely that it was named for an early employee of the railroad. Major Pelham is a revered figure in this part of the old Confederacy. Many citizens of the area wish to believe the city was named after him, although there is no proof to that effect.

Seasonal events

Slice of Sizzlin' Summer in the Park

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Christmas Parade

April Cool Day

Pelham Wildlife Festival

Geography and climate

Pelham is at 31°7′36″N 84°9′10″W / 31.12667°N 84.15278°W / 31.12667; -84.15278 (31.126629, -84.152703).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.1 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.25% is water.

Pelham has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by humid summers and mild winters. It gets 52 inches of rain per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 90. Pelham has on average 233 sunny days per year. The July high is around 93 degrees Fahrenheit. The January low is 39 degrees Fahrenheit.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 168
1890 385 129.2%
1900 945 145.5%
1910 1,880 98.9%
1920 2,640 40.4%
1930 2,762 4.6%
1940 2,579 −6.6%
1950 4,365 69.3%
1960 4,609 5.6%
1970 4,539 −1.5%
1980 4,306 −5.1%
1990 3,869 −10.1%
2000 4,126 6.6%
2010 3,898 −5.5%
2020 3,507 −10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Pelham racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,174 33.48%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,082 59.37%
Native American 6 0.17%
Asian 16 0.46%
Other/Mixed 111 3.17%
Hispanic or Latino 118 3.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,507 people, 1,325 households, and 857 families residing in the city.

Education

The Pelham City School District holds pre-school to grade 12, and consists of one elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The district has 101 full-time teachers and over 1,627 students.

  • Pelham Elementary School
  • Pelham City Middle School
  • Pelham High School

Notable people

  • Donnie Cochran - former commander of the Blue Angels Precision Air team and first black member
  • Don Griffin - two-time Super Bowl winner with San Francisco 49'ers
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