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Alexander City, Alabama
The Alexander City Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2000.
The Alexander City Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2000.
Official seal of Alexander City, Alabama
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Nickname(s): 
Alex City
Motto(s): 
Hope. Courage. Pride.
Location of Alexander City in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
Location of Alexander City in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tallapoosa
Founded 1872
Area
 • Total 43.99 sq mi (113.94 km2)
 • Land 43.70 sq mi (113.19 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
Elevation
705 ft (215 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,843
 • Density 339.65/sq mi (131.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35010-35011
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-01132
GNIS feature ID 0112981

Alexander City, known to locals as "Alex City", is a city in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, United States, with a population of 14,843 as of the 2020 census. It has been the largest community in Tallapoosa County since 1910. It is known for Lake Martin with its 750 miles (1,210 km) of wooded shoreline and 44,000 acres (18,000 ha) of water. Lake Martin stands on the Tallapoosa River and offers boating, swimming, fishing, golfing, and camping. Many neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on the lake.

The city's economy was traditionally based on the textile industry, but in recent times its economic base has become more diversified as textile jobs have gone to India.

History

Alexander City was incorporated in 1872 as Youngsville, after its founder James Young. In 1873, the Savannah and Memphis Railroad came to the city. The city was renamed in honor of the railroad's President Edward Porter Alexander, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg for the Confederate States.

On June 13, 1902, at 1 pm, a fire broke out in the Alexander City Machine shop and destroyed much of the town. At the time, Alexander City did not have a water system and all buildings, including the telegraph office, post office and three banks were burned.

Geography

Alexander City is located at 32°55′59″N 85°56′10″W / 32.93306°N 85.93611°W / 32.93306; -85.93611 (32.933157, -85.936008).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.0 square miles (101.0 km2), of which 38.8 square miles (100.5 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) (0.44%) is water.

Alexander City is located on U.S. Route 280. Birmingham is 60 miles (97 km) to the north, Auburn is 40 miles (64 km) southeast and Montgomery is 50 miles (80 km) south-southwest of Alexander City.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alexander City has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Alexander City, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.4
(58)
16.7
(62)
20
(68)
25
(77)
28.9
(84)
31.7
(89)
32.8
(91)
32.8
(91)
29.4
(85)
25
(77)
19.4
(67)
14.4
(58)
24.4
(76)
Average low °C (°F) 1.1
(34)
2.2
(36)
4.4
(40)
8.9
(48)
13.3
(56)
17.2
(63)
18.9
(66)
18.3
(65)
15.6
(60)
8.9
(48)
3.3
(38)
0.6
(33)
9.4
(49)
Precipitation mm (inches) 130
(5.1)
132
(5.2)
165
(6.5)
150
(5.9)
94
(3.7)
109
(4.3)
132
(5.2)
94
(3.7)
102
(4)
58
(2.3)
102
(4)
127
(5)
1,400
(55.1)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 796
1890 679 −14.7%
1900 1,061 56.3%
1910 1,710 61.2%
1920 2,293 34.1%
1930 4,519 97.1%
1940 6,640 46.9%
1950 6,430 −3.2%
1960 13,140 104.4%
1970 12,358 −6.0%
1980 13,807 11.7%
1990 14,917 8.0%
2000 15,008 0.6%
2010 14,875 −0.9%
2020 14,843 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Alexander City first appeared on the 1880 U.S. Census as an incorporated city. At that time, it was the largest community in the county (though would lose the distinction to Dadeville for 1890–1900, reclaiming the title and holding it since 1910).

Alexander City was the principal city of the former Alexander City Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covered Coosa and Tallapoosa counties and had a combined population of 53,677 at the 2000 census. The micropolitan statistical area was removed in 2013 by the United States Office of Management and Budget.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 14,875 people in 6,064 households, including 4,050 families, in the city. The population density was 383.4 people per square mile (148.0/km2). There were 6,834 housing units at an average density of 176.1 per square mile (68/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.2% White, 32.0% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 3.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. 4.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 6,064 households 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2  % were non-families. 29.7% of households were one person and 13.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution was 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% 65 or older. The median age was 39.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.8 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 90.9 men.

The median household income was $34,782 and the median family income was $44,455. Males had a median income of $34,515 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,097. About 17.0% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.7% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 69.

2020 census

Alexander City Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 8,587 57.85%
Black or African American 4,886 32.92%
Native American 25 0.17%
Asian 156 1.05%
Other/Mixed 446 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 743 5.01%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 14,843 people, 5,710 households, and 3,872 families residing in the city.

Transportation

T.C. Russell Field Airport (KALX), off U.S. Highway 280 adjacent to the Airport Industrial Park, is owned and maintained by the City of Alexander City. KALX does not provide scheduled passenger services. The nearest major airports are Birmingham and Montgomery.

Alexander City has no railway station. The nearest rail passenger services are provided at Anniston, which is served daily by Amtrak's The Crescent to Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.

Alexander City has no scheduled intercity bus service. There is a service provided by Arise Transportation that schedules one stop rides with a 24-hour advance notice.

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Economy

Russell Corporation, maker of Russell Athletic, Cross Creek, Jerzees, and Country Cottons apparel, was founded in 1902 and was the largest employer in the city until around 2012. On April 17, 2006, Russell Corporation was bought by Berkshire Hathaway/Fruit of the Loom for an estimated $600 million. Since about 1998, the number of workers employed by Russell Corporation in Alex City has been steadily declining. More than 6,500 jobs have been lost as most operations have moved offshore and management is now headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As of 2012, most of the manufacturing has been closed in Alex City and the majority of buildings are empty.

Education

Alexander City Public Schools are part of the Alexander City Schools district.

Schools in the district include Jim Pearson Elementary School, Nathaniel H. Stephens Elementary School, William L. Radney Elementary School, Alexander City Middle School and Benjamin Russell High School.

Dr. J. Darrell Cooper is the Superintendent of Schools.

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