Atlanta, Texas
Atlanta is a city
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 in Cass County
Cass County, Texas
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,438 people, 12,190 households, and 8,654 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile . There were 13,890 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile...

, Texas
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, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population
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 of 5,745.


Atlanta is located at 33°7′6"N 94°10′0"W (33.118228, -94.166537).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²), of which, 10.9 square miles (28.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square mile (0.258998811 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.


As of the census
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of 2000, there were 5,745 people, 2,254 households, and 1,571 families residing in the city. The population density
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 was 525.4 people per square mile (202.9/km²). There were 2,556 housing units at an average density of 233.8 per square mile (90.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.13% White, 29.23% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races
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, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.

There were 2,254 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples
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 living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,188, and the median income for a family was $32,679. Males had a median income of $29,286 versus $19,715 for females. The per capita income
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 for the city was $14,013. About 19.0% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.4% of those under age 18 and 19.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Drew Stubbs
    Drew Stubbs
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    , centerfielder for the Cincinnati Reds
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    , (technically born in Texarkana) Drew Stubbs graduated from Atlanta High School in 2003. He was a three-time All-American in baseball and two-time academic All-American at the University of Texas. He hit a game-winning triple for Team USA in the 2004 FISU II World University Baseball Championship game in Taiwan. Stubbs was the Longhorns' co-MVP, named Big 12 co-Player of the Year and one of 5 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2006. Stubbs was the first round pick (8th overall) of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. Stubbs made his major league debut on August 19, 2009. In his second game, he hit a game-winning home run to beat the San Francisco Giants.

  • Roscoe Beck
    Roscoe Beck
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    , Jazz Bass guitar, pioneer of 5 string bass, Fender offers a Roscoe Beck bass

  • Derrick Blaylock
    Derrick Blaylock
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     was drafted into the NFL in 2001 by the Kansas City Chiefs
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     as a running back. He was a running back for Stephen F. Austin State University
    Stephen F. Austin State University
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     Lumberjacks from 1997–2000 and is currently with the Washington Redskins
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    . Blaylock graduated from Atlanta High School in 1997.

  • Al Bolt A Country and Western Singer & Song writer who released 25 records. Some songs written by Merle Haggard, Jacky Ward and Dean Gardner. Al Bolt played shows with Porter Wagoner on Hee Haw and Jacky Ward, Jerry Arnold and Elvis Presley in the 50's

  • Bessie Coleman
    Bessie Coleman
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    , the world's first female African-American licensed aviator
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    , was born here.

  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen DeGeneres
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    , the TV talk show
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     host and comedian
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    . Shortly after her parents divorced in January 1974, she and her mother moved to Atlanta from New Orleans. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1976.

  • Scott Joplin
    Scott Joplin
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    , world famous composer from the Atlanta area, born in Linden, TX, had a band in the Queen City area appropriately named the Queen City Troupe, before moving to New York. Wrote "The Entertainer" and other widely known compositions.

  • Tracy Lawrence
    Tracy Lawrence
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    , a country music
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    ian, was born in Atlanta. He was raised in Foreman, Arkansas
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  • Gordon McLendon
    Gordon McLendon
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    , pioneer of American commecial broadcasting who attributed his beginnings in radio to Atlanta, Texas. McLendon was born in Paris, Texas
    Paris, Texas
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     and partially raised in Oklahoma
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     before moving with his parents to Atlanta where he attended high school and developed his love for commentary that he made famous on the Liberty Broadcasting System
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     and KLIF
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     in Dallas, Texas
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    . He was a pioneer of offshore pirate radio
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     with Radio Nord
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     off Stockholm, Sweden and later using the same ship, with Radio Atlanta
    Radio Atlanta
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     (which became Radio Caroline South), off southern England. McLendon was noted for his strange sense of humor and this is true with the enigma of the name "Radio Atlanta" which he chose for a station broadcasting to the UK. It was a name whose origins few could decipher.

  • Kevin Rahm
    Kevin Rahm
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    , actor and regular on Judging Amy
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    and Desperate Housewives
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    , graduated from Atlanta High School in 1989.

  • Ted Thompson
    Ted Thompson
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    , general manager
    General manager
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     of the Green Bay Packers
    Green Bay Packers
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    , was born and raised here, graduating from Atlanta High School in 1971. He has been a part of the NFL for 25 years, including 10 years as a player for the Houston Oilers.

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