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Alexander City, Alabama
City
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
Seal
Nickname(s): Alex City
Motto: Hope. Courage. Pride.
Location in Tallapoosa County and the state of Alabama
Location in Tallapoosa County and the state of Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tallapoosa
Founded 1872
Area
 • Total 39.0 sq mi (101 km2)
 • Land 38.8 sq mi (100.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 705 ft (215 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 14,876
 • Density 386.6/sq mi (149.3/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35010-35011
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-01132
GNIS feature ID 0112981
Website www.alexandercityonline.com

Alexander City, known to locals as "Alex City", is a city in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, United States, with a population of some 14,875. It is known for Lake Martin with its 750 miles (1,210 km) of wooded shoreline and 44,000 acres (180 km2) of crystal clear 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 elsewhere.

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%
Est. 2015 14,718 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

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.

2000 Census data

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,008 people, 6,152 households, and 4,134 families residing in the city. The population density was 386.6 people per square mile (149.3/km²). There were 6,855 housing units at an average density of 176.6 per square mile (68.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.56% White, 28.37% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,152 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 78.3 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,309, and the median income for a family was $38,881. Males had a median income of $30,392 versus $20,705 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,305. About 15.0% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,875 people, 6,064 households, and 4,050 families residing 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.

There were 6,064 households out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city, the population was spread out with 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% who were 65 years of age 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 income for a household in the city was $34,782, and the median income for a family 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 65 or over.

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 scheduled intercity bus service that is provided by Greyhound Lines.

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Coordinates: 32°55′59″N 85°56′10″W / 32.933157°N 85.936008°W / 32.933157; -85.936008


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