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Ariton, Alabama
Location of Ariton in Dale County, Alabama
Location of Ariton in Dale County, Alabama
Coordinates: 31°35′53″N 85°43′7″W / 31.59806°N 85.71861°W / 31.59806; -85.71861
Country United States
State Alabama
County Dale
Area
 • Total 5.09 sq mi (13.18 km2)
 • Land 5.09 sq mi (13.18 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
459 ft (140 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 662
 • Density 130.06/sq mi (50.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36311
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-02428
GNIS feature ID 0151663

Ariton is a town in Dale County, Alabama, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 662. It was incorporated in April 1906. The name is a blend of its two predecessor town names: Ariosto and Charlton.

Ariton is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Ariton is located in northwestern Dale County at 31°35′54″N 85°43′8″W / 31.59833°N 85.71889°W / 31.59833; -85.71889 (31.598204, -85.718761). Alabama State Routes 51 and 123 pass through the center of town as Main Street. AL 51 leads northeast 11 miles (18 km) to Clio and southwest 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to U.S. Route 231, while AL 123 leads west 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to US 231 and southeast 12 miles (19 km) to Ozark, the Dale County seat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.2 km2), all land.

Demographics

Town of Ariton

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 431
1920 625 45.0%
1930 611 −2.2%
1940 561 −8.2%
1950 620 10.5%
1960 687 10.8%
1970 643 −6.4%
1980 844 31.3%
1990 743 −12.0%
2000 772 3.9%
2010 764 −1.0%
2020 662 −13.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Ariton first appeared on the 1910 U.S. Census as an incorporated town.

Historic Demographics

Census
Year
Population &
Racial
Majority
State
Place
Rank
County
Place
Rank
White
(White, Non-
Hispanic 1980-
Black Hispanic
(1980-
Native
American
Asian Other 2 or More
Races
(2000-
1910 431 (-) 165th (-) 5th (-)
1920 625 ↑ 153rd 5th X
1930 611 ↓ 166th 5th X
1940 561 ↓ 179th 4th
1950 620 ↑ 216th 4th X
1960 687 ↑ 216th X 5th
1970 643 ↓ 255th 7th
1980 844 262nd 7th X
1990 743 ↓ 290th 7th X
2000 772 ↑ 309th 7th X 535 (-) 69.3% 226 (-) 29.3% 6 (-) 0.8% 1 (-) 0.1% 10 (-) 1.3%
2010 764 ↓ 342nd 8th 56574% 147 ↓ 19% 466% 10.1% 70.9% 111.4%

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, Ariton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Ariton, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16.1
(61)
17.8
(64)
21.7
(71)
26.1
(79)
29.4
(85)
32.8
(91)
32.8
(91)
32.8
(91)
31.1
(88)
26.7
(80)
21.1
(70)
16.7
(62)
25.6
(78)
Average low °C (°F) 3.9
(39)
5
(41)
8.9
(48)
12.2
(54)
16.7
(62)
20
(68)
21.1
(70)
21.1
(70)
18.9
(66)
13.3
(56)
7.8
(46)
5
(41)
12.8
(55)
Precipitation mm (inches) 117
(4.6)
127
(5)
145
(5.7)
117
(4.6)
94
(3.7)
117
(4.6)
160
(6.3)
124
(4.9)
109
(4.3)
58
(2.3)
81
(3.2)
124
(4.9)
1,374
(54.1)
Source: Weatherbase

Notable people

  • Eunice Hutto Morelock, pioneer faculty member at Bob Jones College and possibly the first female chief academic officer of a coeducational college in the United States
  • Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter
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