Altha, Florida

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Altha is a small town in Calhoun County, Florida, United States. The population was 506 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 507.[3]

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Geography

Altha is located at 30°34′18″N 85°7′39″W / 30.57167°N 85.1275°W / 30.57167; -85.1275 (30.571710, -85.127533)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.8 km² (1.5 mi²), of which 3.7 km² (1.4 mi²) is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) (2.72%) is water.

Altha is located in the northwestern part of Florida, approximately 30 minutes from both the Georgia and Alabama state lines. Altha is in a rural county, with the primary industry being agriculture. Tomatoes, watermelons, green vegetables, cucumbers, peanuts, corn, wheat, and cotton are all major industries in this farming community. The timber industry also thrives in the area, with many farmers electing to plant pine trees.

Weather

Altha has an average high temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers in this area are quite hot and humid, with afternoon showers frequently occurring during the summer months. Altha is located about 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, so when tropical storms or hurricanes approach the coastline, weather can become severe. In 2004, during Hurricane Ivan, dozens of homes were destroyed and 4 people were killed because of a severe tornado striking near the town.

The coldest part of the winter occurs during late January and early February. Night time temperatures can dip as low as the lower 20s, and in most instances, even striking the mid teens. Days can be cool during these few weeks, with day time temperatures sometimes struggling to reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Education

Altha is home to Altha Public School, established early after the turn of the twentieth century. The "white building" as it is referred to, is still located on the current campus and houses several classrooms. This building was completed in 1929, and has been renovated several times to retain its natural time period decor while being outfitted for the 21s Century. Unique to Altha School is the fact that it is a PreK through 12th grade school, one of the few remaining such schools in the state of Florida. In fact, less than 20 schools in Florida house students in grades PreK through 12th. The school mascot is the Wildcat, and school colors are purple and gold. Approximately 650 students attend Altha School, a number that actually surpasses the town population of 507. Ranked one of the top schools in Florida, Altha students consistently score well above state average on FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) testing. Altha School is consistently graded as an "A school each year on the Governor's A+ School Grade program. The school excels in its organizations, FCCLA, FBLA, Beta, and FFA.

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