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Pittsburg, Texas

This article is about the city in Texas, for the major city see Pittsburgh, for other locations see Pittsburg (disambiguation).
Pittsburg, Texas


Downtown Pittsburg, Texas

Camp County Courthouse
Location of Pittsburg, Texas
Location of Pittsburg, Texas

Coordinates: 32°59′49″N 94°58′5″W / 32.99694°N 94.96806°W / 32.99694; -94.96806Coordinates: 32°59′49″N 94°58′5″W / 32.99694°N 94.96806°W / 32.99694; -94.96806{{#coordinates:32|59|49|N|94|58|5|W|region:US_type:city |primary |name=

Country United States
State Texas
County Camp
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.7 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 394 ft (120 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,497
 • Density 1,362.7/sq mi (522.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75686
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-57908[1]
GNIS feature ID 1344152[2]

Pittsburg is a city located in Camp County, Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 4,497. It is the county seat of Camp County.[3] It is 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 Cavenders Boot City. It is also the hometown of Tennessee Titan Kendall Wright. In 1902, it was the site of an early flight attempt by the Ezekiel Air Ship Mfg Co.


The city is named for the family of William Harrison Pitts.[4]


Pittsburg is located at 32°59'49" North, 94°58'5" West (32.997029, -94.968044).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of Script error: No such module "convert"., of which, Script error: No such module "convert". of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pittsburg has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


As of the census of 2000,[1] there are 4,347 people (5100 as a present estimate), 1,593 households (4530 as a present estimate), 150 rental apartments, 1,056 families residing in the city, 25 Protestant churches, and 1 Catholic. The population density is 1,301.9 people per square mile (502.5/km²). There are 1,779 housing units at an average density of 532.8 per square mile (205.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 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. 23.86% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,593 households out of which 34.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% are married couples living together, 19.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% are non-families. 29.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 15.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.63 and the average family size is 3.24.

In the city the population is spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 79.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $24,789, and the median income for a family is $28,398. Males have a median income of $28,750 versus $20,042 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,882. 27.7% of the population and 23.8% of families are 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 are living below the poverty line.

Pittsburg is located in the geographic center of northeast Texas in the I-30 corridor, on US Highway 271 and SH 11, ten minutes south of I-30 and forty-five miles from I-20.


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

Notable people

  • Dave Abernathy, Elected Mayor in 1954 at the age on 42. Served for 52 Years. Died in 2008
  • Barbara Smith Conrad, opera singer (Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Company)[7]
  • Louie Gohmert, politician, and current Republican U.S. Representative from Texas's 1st congressional district
  • Homer Jones, professional football wide receiver (New York Giants and Cleveland Browns)
  • Basil Mitchell, professional football running back (Green Bay Packers)
  • Carroll Shelby, racing and automotive designer and former racing driver
  • James Cavender, founder of Cavender's Boot City, largest western wear company in the USA.
  • Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, founder of Pilgrim's Pride, which became the largest poultry and egg producer in the USA.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Pittsburg from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Pittsburg, Texas
  7. ^ "Finding Her Voice". - Harlem Opera Theater. - (Microsoft Word *.DOC document)
  8. ^ New York Times Obituary November 2, 2010

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