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Ashford, Alabama
Location of Ashford in Houston County, Alabama.
Location of Ashford in Houston County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Houston
 • Total 6.22 sq mi (16.12 km2)
 • Land 6.20 sq mi (16.06 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
279 ft (85 m)
 • Total 2,246
 • Density 362.14/sq mi (139.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-02836
GNIS feature ID 0113251

Ashford is a town in Houston County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Dothan, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town was incorporated in June 1891. For most of its history, it was a center for naval stores production, pulpwood harvesting, and cotton agriculture. The population was 2,148 at the 2010 census, up from 1,853 at the 2000 census.


Ashford is located at 31°11′3″N 85°14′7″W / 31.18417°N 85.23528°W / 31.18417; -85.23528 (31.184032, -85.235286).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 6.1 square miles (16 km2), of which 6.1 square miles (16 km2) is land and 0.16% is water.


Train Depot - In March 1888, the Alabama Midland Railway built a small depot of Victorian railroad architecture in Ashford to be a waystation along the Bainbridge-to-Montgomery route. The depot was the only building to survive the 1915 fire that destroyed the rest of the town. The original depot received additions at least twice—an enclosed warehouse and open loading dock were added to the east, followed by racially segregated passenger waiting rooms on the west side. The depot faced two sidings that served for loading turpentine from the Adams Company still 1 block away, and pulpwood. Cotton bales, fertilizer, and a single sweet potato crop were loaded from both sidings. The depot changed hands as railroads consolidated. The Alabama Midland was absorbed by the Atlantic Coast Line which merged in the 1980s with Seaboard Air Line to form the Seaboard Coast Line. CSX bought Seaboard Coast Line after the Ashford Depot fell into disuse. Ashford depot fell into disrepair after it closed in 1978. In the 1980s, concerned citizens founded a preservation committee and received a grant to add a new roof to the building. This committee also placed the depot on the Alabama Register of Historical Places. It remained active into the 1990s. Former Mayor Bryan Alloway revived the depot preservation committee after his 2000 election. This committee will incorporate and seek tax-exempt status in 2005. It has received two US Department of Transportation grants ($850,000), two Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grants ($290,000), and one Alabama Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) grant ($7500) to thoroughly renovate the depot. Construction began in Fall 2004. The Committee and Ashford City officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 17, 2005, to mark the end of Phase I of the reconstruction. Now the depot can be used for reunions, birthdays, and social events that the city might sponsor.


Town of Ashford

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 286
1910 479 67.5%
1920 754 57.4%
1930 920 22.0%
1940 1,224 33.0%
1950 1,400 14.4%
1960 1,511 7.9%
1970 1,980 31.0%
1980 2,165 9.3%
1990 1,926 −11.0%
2000 1,853 −3.8%
2010 2,148 15.9%
2020 2,246 4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

Ashford first appeared on the 1900 U.S. Census as an incorporated town, then in Henry County. In 1903, Ashford was shifted into the new county of Houston. See also Ashford Precinct below.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,148 people, 867 households, and 623 families residing in the city. The population density was 352.1 people per square mile (135.9/km2). There were 1,004 housing units at an average density of 164.6 per square mile (63.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.0% White, 19.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. .8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 867 households, out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,709, and the median income for a family was $55,833. Males had a median income of $38,654 versus $27,143 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,444. About 9.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Ashford racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,646 73.29%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 458 20.39%
Native American 10 0.45%
Asian 6 0.27%
Pacific Islander 1 0.04%
Other/Mixed 87 3.87%
Hispanic or Latino 38 1.69%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,246 people, 865 households, and 635 families residing in the town.


AES Sign
Ashford Elementary School
AHS Sign
Ashford High School

Ashford schools are part of the Houston County Board of Education. Ashford has one elementary school for grades K-5 and a high school for grades 6-12. The schools mascot is known as the yellow jackets named Buzz. The current principal of Ashford Elementary School is Sharon LeRoy and the principal of Ashford High School is Dr. Donnie Chambers.

2019 Ashford High School Band
2019 Ashford High School Band at the 2019 Alabama State High School Marching Band Championships

Ashford Academy was once a private school that closed its doors at the end of the 2014–2015 school year.

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