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In 2004 there was a controversy over naming a street after slain activist Martin Luther King, Jr. The decision by the city council to rename Sixth Street angered many residents who felt they were not consulted nor even warned beforehand and objected on various grounds to the change. Accusations of racism followed almost immediately, and the controversy divided the town. After considerable debate, the council adopted a compromise in which the street would not be renamed but the signs would be labelled with both the original name and King's name.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 10,833 people, 4,944 households, and 2,986 families residing in the city. The population density was 667.1/km² (1,728.2/mi²). There were 6,167 housing units at an average density of 379.8/km² (983.8/mi²).
There were 4,944 households out of which 20.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.63.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 32.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,548, and the median income for a family was $33,502. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $21,648 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,047. About 9.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.