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Cusseta-Chattahoochee County is unified city-county in Georgiamarker, United Statesmarker. It is part of the Columbus, Georgiamarker-Alabamamarker Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,196 at the 2000 census. .

History

The history of Cusseta begins with the creation of Chattahoochee County, Georgiamarker by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on February 13, 1854. The county was formed from portions of Muscogeemarker and Marionmarker counties and named for the river that forms its western boundary. The act appointed five commissioners to choose a site for the county seat, which they named Cusseta to commemorate the Creek Indian town that used to exist nearby.

The original courthouse, built in 1854 by slaves, is preserved at the tourist attraction of Westville, near Lumpkin, Georgiamarker.

Cusseta was incorporated as a city on December 22, 1855. It is still the only incorporated city in Chattahoochee County.

Cusseta briefly prided itself on having the world's tallest man-made structure, the WTVM/WRBL-TV & WVRK-FM Towermarker, a guyed transmission tower built in 1962 about one mile from the city. However, it was surpassed only one year later by the KVLY-TV mastmarker in Fargo, North Dakotamarker.

In 2003 the city and county formed a consolidated Cusseta-Chattahoochee County government.

Geography

Cusseta is located at (32.305451, -84.776929) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it is land and 0.66% is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,196 people, 436 households, and 316 families residing in the city. The population density was 787.8 people per square mile (303.8/km²). There were 543 housing units at an average density of 357.7/sq mi (137.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.54% White, 36.45% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.33% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 436 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 20.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.2% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $26,736. Males had a median income of $25,380 versus $19,205 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,115. About 25.8% of families and 28.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.0% of those under age 18 and 27.3% of those age 65 or over.

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