Satsuma, Alabama

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Satsuma is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 5,687. It is a part of the Mobile metropolitan statistical area.

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Geography

Satsuma is located at 30°51′16″N 88°3′16″W / 30.85444°N 88.05444°W / 30.85444; -88.05444 (30.854518, -88.054415)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), of which, 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²) of it is land and 0.15% is water.

History

The area was inhabited for thousands of years by differing cultures of indigenous peoples.

  • 1878 Farmers introduced Mandarin Satsuma oranges to Alabama from Japan for cultivation
  • 1900 Satsuma area known as Fig Tree Island
  • 1910 Pace Orange Orchard had about 100 acres (0.40 km2) of pecans and satsuma trees on the area
  • 1915 Town named "Satsuma"
  • 1918 Mr. Norman E. McConaghy hired as manager of the Satsuma Orange & Pecan Groves Company.
  • 1922 Packing house built; still stands above Mac's Landing
  • 1912-1924 Satsuma trees damaged by cold weather and citrus canker
  • 1959 Plans for a Town Charter submitted to the County of Mobile and the State of Alabama were approved. April 6, 1959 was the first municipal election.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,687 people, 2,017 households, and 1,688 families residing in the city. The population density was 873.1 people per square mile (337.3/km²). There were 2,107 housing units at an average density of 323.5/sq mi (125.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.72% White, 5.05% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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