Albany, Texas


Albany, Texas

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Albany, Texas
settlement_type = City
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image_caption = Shackleford County Courthouse


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map_caption = Location of Albany, Texas



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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Texas
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Shackelford

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area_total_km2 = 3.8
area_land_km2 = 3.8
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area_total_sq_mi = 1.5
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 1921
population_density_km2 = 504.2
population_density_sq_mi = 1305.9

timezone = Central (CST)
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elevation_ft = 1414
latd = 32 |latm = 43 |lats = 37 |latNS = N
longd = 99 |longm = 17 |longs = 40 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 76430
area_code = 915
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blank_info = 48-01648GR|2
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Albany is a city in Shackelford County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,921 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Shackelford CountyGR|6. It was named in 1873 by county clerk William Cruger after his former home of Albany, Georgia. William E. Dyess, survivor of the Bataan Death March and author of the first book thereon, was born in Albany on Aug 9, 1916.

Fort Griffin Fandangle

Since 1938, Texas' oldest outdoor musical, the "Fort Griffin Fandangle", has been presented during the last two weekends of June in the Prairie Theater about historic Fort Griffin, a military outpost established in 1867 near Albany and since a state park. The program, the content of which is different each year, attempts to recapture the theatrical charm of the American West. The show offers covered wagons and buggies, a stagecoach, a replica of the first Texas Central Railroad train, an oil derrick, and cowboys whose ancestors pushed Longhorn herds up the nearby Great Western Cattle Trail. The "Dallas Morning News" describes "Fandangle", accordingly: "as professional as a multi-million dollar Broadway musical, with sets and costumes to match, with a cast of three hundred." The "Abilene Reporter-News" calls the program "Frontier history served up with genuine earthiness, spiced by rare humor." ["Fort Griffin Fandangle", Albany, Texas, brochure:www.fortgrigginfandangle.org]

Geography

Albany is located at coor dms|32|43|37|N|99|17|40|W|city (32.726837, -99.294472)GR|1. It is northeast of Abilene, the seat of Taylor County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,921 people, 746 households, and 531 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,305.9 people per square mile (504.6/km²). There were 880 housing units at an average density of 598.2/sq mi (231.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.13% White, 0.68% African American, 0.47% Native American, 4.84% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.07% of the population.

There were 746 households out of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,563, and the median income for a family was $40,592. Males had a median income of $28,846 versus $17,411 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,470. About 8.1% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

References

External links

* [http://www.albanytexas.com Albany's Chamber of Commerce website]
* [http://www.thealbanynews.net/ The Albany News]
* [http://www.fortgriffinfandangle.org/ Fort Griffin Fandangle Association]
* [http://www.theoldjailartcenter.org The Old Jail Art Center]
* [http://www.albany.esc14.net Albany Independent School District]
* [http://www.albanyexes.org Albany Ex-Students Association]
* [http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/fort_griffin Fort Griffin State Park]


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