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Former Atmore Amtrak station
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Location of Atmore in Escambia County, Alabama.
Location of Atmore in Escambia County, Alabama.
Atmore, Alabama is located in Alabama
Atmore, Alabama
Atmore, Alabama
Location in Alabama
Atmore, Alabama is located in the United States
Atmore, Alabama
Atmore, Alabama
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Alabama
County Escambia
 • Total 21.94 sq mi (56.82 km2)
 • Land 21.86 sq mi (56.62 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
282 ft (86 m)
 • Total 8,391
 • Density 383.82/sq mi (148.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 251
FIPS code 01-03004
GNIS feature ID 0113272

Atmore is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. It was incorporated in 1907. As of the 2020 census, it has a population of 8,391. Atmore is in the planning stages to increase its economic base with additions in its new Rivercane development along the I-65 corridor.

Atmore has completed requirements to be recognized as an Alabama Community of Excellence at the upcoming Alabama League of Municipalities Convention. City officials are also working with the Alabama Historical Commission to have the downtown district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On May 23, 2007, Atmore celebrated its centenary.

The federally recognized Poarch Band of Creek Indians is headquartered in Atmore.


Atmore is located in western Escambia County at 31°1′23″N 87°29′31″W / 31.02306°N 87.49194°W / 31.02306; -87.49194 (31.023183, -87.492067). Its southern border is the Florida state line. The center of town is at the intersection of U.S. Route 31 and Alabama State Route 21, while a new section of the city has been incorporated 6 miles (10 km) to the north around Exit 57 of Interstate 65. US 31 leads southwest 20 miles (32 km) to Bay Minette and east 28 miles (45 km) to Brewton. Mobile is 51 miles (82 km) to the southwest via US 31 and I-65, while Pensacola, Florida, is 49 miles (79 km) south via AL 21, Florida State Road 97, and U.S. Route 29.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Atmore has a total area of 21.9 square miles (56.8 km2), of which 21.9 square miles (56.6 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.34%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,060
1920 1,775 67.5%
1930 3,035 71.0%
1940 3,200 5.4%
1950 5,720 78.8%
1960 8,173 42.9%
1970 8,293 1.5%
1980 8,789 6.0%
1990 8,046 −8.5%
2000 7,676 −4.6%
2010 10,194 32.8%
2020 8,391 −17.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

Atmore first appeared on the 1910 U.S. Census as an incorporated town. By 1930, it became the largest city in Escambia County, though lost the title to former holder Brewton in 1940. It became the largest city again in 1950 and has held the distinction to date (2010). In 2010, the city became majority Black for the first time.

2020 census

Atmore racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,177 37.86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,551 54.24%
Native American 183 2.18%
Asian 32 0.38%
Pacific Islander 5 0.06%
Other/Mixed 290 3.46%
Hispanic or Latino 153 1.82%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,391 people, 2,803 households, and 1,443 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, the population density was 1228 people per square mile (469.8/km2). There were 3,480 housing units at an average density of 419.3 per square mile (160.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.4% Black or African American, 39.3% White, 1.8% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. 1.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,002 households, out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 23.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 18.6% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 155.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 207.4 males.


Atmore was first recorded as a stop (Williams Station) on the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad. The town was named after C.P. Atmore, General Passenger Agent of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, who was a friend of Mr. Carney, who owned a sawmill in town and was a prominent citizen. The town was originally going to be named "Carney", but Mr. Carney had a brother who had already established a town and named it Carney nearby. The town then decided to let Mr. Carney name the town. He named it after his close friend Mr. Atmore, who never visited Atmore.

Health care and recreation

Atmore Community Hospital, an affiliate of Infirmary Health Systems of Mobile, offers full acute care in a two-story facility.

Atmore has several recreational and sports facilities, including Atmore Heritage Park and Claude D. Kelley State Park.

Local events

Mayfest — On the first Saturday in May at Tom Byrne Park, Atmore celebrates Mayfest with sports events, arts and crafts and a variety of food. There are many different forms of entertainment, including a Beautiful Baby Contest and a Pooch Parade.

Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention — Musicians from across the state come to Atmore the third Saturday in July to compete for prizes in the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bands and vocals division.

A Taste of the South — Held annually at Heritage Park in September, A Taste of the South is an evening of entertainment and local food from the area's best cooks.

Williams Station Day — Held the fourth Saturday of October, Williams Station Day celebrates Atmore's history beginning in 1866 as Williams Station. The event includes an arts and crafts show, an old time fiddlers' tent, professional entertainment, a model train show, and sugar cane mill.

Poarch Creek Indian Pow-wow — The local Poarch Creek Indians host an authentic Thanksgiving annually. Visitors enjoy turkey, dressing, and roasted corn as dancers from many tribes gather to compete. Over 100 booths display arts and crafts, quilts and other keepsakes of the Creek Indian culture.


Climate is characterized by mild to high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Climate data for Atmore, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16
Average low °C (°F) 4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 140
Source: Weatherbase

Local economy

For most of the 20th century, the Atmore area was primarily a farming, timber, and light industry community. Major commercial industries have been Masland Carpets, Alto, and a local lumber company. For many years, the Vanity Fair company operated a manufacturing sewing plant in Atmore, offering employment to local citizens and surrounding communities.

With federal recognition and the founding of gaming casinos, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians near Exit 54 on I-65, 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the center of Atmore, has increased its relative economic contributions to the region. The tribe operates the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, which provides for tourism and conferences, adjacent to I-65 Exit 57. Wind Creek is one of just a few four-diamond hotels in the state.


Atmore is home to various local schools within the Escambia County Public School System, including: Rachel Patterson Elementary School, Escambia County Middle School (the largest school in the system), and Escambia County High School (the first public county high school in the state of Alabama). It is also home to Escambia Academy and Atmore Christian School, as well as several other private schools and colleges including Reid state. Prior to 1970, African-American children were not allowed to attend schools with white children, and attended black schools such as the Escambia County Training School in Atmore.

Atmore is home to an adjunct campus of Coastal Alabama Community College Brewton based in Brewton, which offers associate degrees and technical school training.

Notable people

  • Art White, WWII Veteran, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, world heavyweight championship wrestler, former University of Alabama All-American, member of 1934 National Championship team, played alongside Paul "Bear" Bryant and Don Hutson, and NFL offensive guard player, 1938 NFL Championship winner, 1938 Pro Bowl

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