Canaanite and Philistine city in ancient Palestine. It was one of the five cities of the Philistine Pentapolis and was located in what is now central Israel. Though allocated to Judah after the Israelite conquest, it was a Philistine stronghold in the time of King David; it was later associated with the worship of the deity Baalzebub. Taken by Egypt (circa 918 BC), it paid tribute to Assyria in the 7th century BC. The city was known as Akkaron from Hellenistic times.
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There were 65 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $36,563. Males had a median income of $16,250 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,300. About 12.2% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 9.1% of those sixty five or over.
It is the birthplace of the Baseball Hall Of Famer Harold "Pee Wee" Reese.