is a city in Geneva County
, United States
. It is part of the Dothan, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area
. At the 2000 census the population was 2,071.
Samson is located at (31.112574, -86.047865). Its nickname is 'Snufftown', due to a railroad shipment of snuff
derailing near the city.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²), of which, 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²) of it is land and 0.28% is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,071 people, 894 households, and 575 families residing in the city. The population density
was 572.1 people per square mile (220.9/km²). There were 1,016 housing units at an average density of 280.7/sq mi (108.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.11% White
, 20.42% Black
or African American
, 0.97% Native American
, 0.63% from other races
, and 0.87% from two or more races. 2.46% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 894 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 33.3% 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 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $18,594, and the median income for a family was $25,188. Males had a median income of $25,767 versus $16,719 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,834. About 29.2% of families and 33.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.1% of those under age 18 and 32.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Samson was home to guitarist Roy Brooks from 1971 to 1983.
- Bill Yates, cartoonist, was born in Samson.