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Bear Creek, Alabama
Location in Marion County, Alabama
Location in Marion County, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Marion
 • Total 13.76 sq mi (35.6 km2)
 • Land 13.63 sq mi (35.3 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.3 km2)
807 ft (246 m)
 • Total 1,047
 • Density 76.83/sq mi (29.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 205 and 659
FIPS code 01-04852
GNIS feature ID 0154439

Bear Creek is a town in Marion County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in 1907, although the 1910 U.S. Census records indicated 1909. At the 2020 census, the population was 1,047.


Bear Creek is located at 34°16′21″N 87°42′12″W / 34.27250°N 87.70333°W / 34.27250; -87.70333 (34.272400, -87.703374).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35 km2), of which 13.5 square miles (35 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.75%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 214
1920 222 3.7%
1930 208 −6.3%
1940 243 16.8%
1950 223 −8.2%
1960 243 9.0%
1970 336 38.3%
1980 353 5.1%
1990 913 158.6%
2000 1,053 15.3%
2010 1,070 1.6%
2020 1,047 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,070 people, 446 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.3 people per square mile (30.6/km2). There were 502 housing units at an average density of 37.2 per square mile (14.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.1% White, 0.1% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, and 1.2% from two or more races. 1.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 446 households, out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% 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 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,313, and the median income for a family was $31,364. Males had a median income of $35,938 versus $22,014 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,959. About 20.0% of families and 28.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 53.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Bear Creek racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 968 92.45%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5 0.48%
Native American 2 0.19%
Asian 4 0.38%
Other/Mixed 31 2.96%
Hispanic or Latino 37 3.53%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,047 people, 424 households, and 340 families residing in the town.

Local features

The local high school is Phillips High School, home of the Bears. The first, wooden frame school building across the highway from the present location of Phillips School, held grades 1-9. This building caught fire at approximately Christmas of 1925. Local churches provided temporary space for the teachers and pupils. Mrs. John Robert Phillips graciously donated land for a new school on April 16, 1926. Her husband, who died in April 1925, wanted the addition of a high school. The community pulled together with its volunteer labor and donated timber from virgin pines in Bear Creek. Members of the community sacrificed time and money in their participation with the construction of the new Phillips School. Logging was done by wagon and hauled to Veal's sawmill. Brick arrived by rail and was transported by wagon to the site. McKinley Campbell, assisted by his brother, was the contractor for the new facility.

The first graduation was held at Phillips High School in 1929. Agricultural and home economics (aka Family and Consumer Sciences) departments were added in 1935 and housed near the present location of the cafeteria. The football field was located behind the main building, which was later replaced in 1969.

On September 2, 2003, the Phillips football field (James E. Glass Stadium) was named after Coach James E. Glass in honor of the dedication he has given to the football team and school throughout the years. The football field was the first football field in the state of Alabama to be lighted, which took place in the fall of 1933. The original lights brightened the football field until the 2010 season, when a grant for new lights was awarded to both the football and baseball facilities of the school.

Phillips High School has won three state championships in sports. This includes back-to-back state titles in 1985 and 1986 in girls varsity basketball, followed in 2001 in girls volleyball.

Upper Bear Creek Reservoir is located in Bear Creek. This is a TVA flood control lake that also provides a variety of recreation activities.

See also

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