According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 121.3 km² (46.8 mi²). 118.1 km² (45.6 mi²) of it is land and 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.65% water.
Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 55,085 people, 19,956 households, and 13,350 families residing in the city. The population density is 466.3/km² (1,207.6/mi²). There are 22,484 housing units at an average density of 190.3/km² (492.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 32.30% White, 65.85% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 19,956 households out of which 32.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.7% are married couples living together, 23.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% are non-families. 29.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.20.
In the city the population is spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $27,247, and the median income for a family is $34,362. Males have a median income of $30,766 versus $21,009 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,637. 25.5% of the population and 20.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 37.0% are under the age of 18 and 18.2% are 65 or older.