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Pittsburg, Texas
Location of Pittsburg, Texas
Location of Pittsburg, Texas
Camp County Pittsburg.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Camp
 • Total 3.61 sq mi (9.35 km2)
 • Land 3.60 sq mi (9.33 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
394 ft (120 m)
 • Total 4,335
 • Density 1,200.8/sq mi (463.64/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 903
FIPS code 48-57908
GNIS feature ID 1344152

Pittsburg is a city in, and the county seat of, Camp County, Texas, United States. Best known as the former home of the giant poultry producer Pilgrim's and the home of racing legend Carroll Shelby, Pittsburg is also the birthplace of Cavender's Boot City. In 1902, it was the site of an early flight attempt by the Ezekiel Air Ship Mfg Co. With a 2020 census-tabulated population of 4,335, it is the most populous city in Camp County.


The city is named after the family of William Harrison Pitts. In 1996, the town changed its name to "Cowboys" for a few weeks in support of the Dallas Cowboys, who faced the Pittsburgh Steelers that year in Super Bowl XXX.


Pittsburg is located at 32°59'49" North, 94°58'5" West (32.997029, –94.968044). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all land.

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification, Pittsburg has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 745
1890 1,203 61.5%
1900 1,783 48.2%
1910 1,916 7.5%
1920 2,540 32.6%
1930 2,640 3.9%
1940 2,916 10.5%
1950 3,142 7.8%
1960 3,796 20.8%
1970 3,844 1.3%
1980 4,245 10.4%
1990 4,007 −5.6%
2000 4,347 8.5%
2010 4,497 3.5%
2020 4,335 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Pittsburg racial composition as of 2020
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,542 35.57%
Black or African American (NH) 1,080 24.91%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 6 0.14%
Asian (NH) 34 0.78%
Pacific Islander (NH) 5 0.12%
Some other race (NH) 9 0.21%
Mixed/multiracial (NH) 135 3.11%
Hispanic or Latino 1,524 35.16%
Total 4,335

As of the census of 2000, 4,347 people, 1,593 households, and 1,056 families ved inin the city. The population density was 1,301.9 inhabitants per square mile (502.7/km2). The 1,779 housing units had an average density of 532.8 per square mile (205.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.50% White, 27.97% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.76% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. About 23.86% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race. As of the 2020 United States census, its population was 4,335; according to the American Community Survey in 2020, 34.3% of the population was non-Hispanic White, 30.9% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.8% multiracial, and 32.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race. These statistics reflected nationwide demographic trends of diversification.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $24,789, and for a family was $28,398. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,042 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,882. 27.7% of the population and 23.8% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 38.8% of those under the age of 18 and 14.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. In 2020, the median household income grew to $48,340.


The city of Pittsburg is served by the Pittsburg Independent School District and home to the Pittsburg High School Pirates.

Notable people

Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum August 2015 28 (Our Famous People display)
"Our Famous People" display at Pittsburg's Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center and Museum
  • Barbara Smith Conrad, opera singer (Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Company)
  • Howard Garrett, author and radio talk show host, artist, leader in the organic gardening field
  • Louie Gohmert, politician, Republican U.S. Representative from Texas's 1st congressional district
  • Mildred Fay Jefferson, first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School
  • Homer Jones, former professional American football player
  • Frank P. Lockhart served as US Consul General and Counsellor in China.
  • Ernie McAnally, professional baseball player, Montreal Expos 1971–1974
  • Ken Reeves (American football), former professional American football player
  • Carroll Shelby, racing and automotive designer and former driver
  • Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, founder of Pilgrim's Pride
  • Kendall Wright, professional American football player
  • Jeremy Loyd, former professional American football player
  • Koe Wetzel, country/southern rock singer

See also

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