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Boaz, Alabama
City
Boaz in 2012
Boaz in 2012
Official seal of Boaz, Alabama
Seal
Nickname(s): 
City of Possibilities
Location in Etowah and Marshall counties, Alabama
Location in Etowah and Marshall counties, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Marshall, Etowah
Government
 • Type Mayor and Council
Area
 • Total 14.61 sq mi (37.85 km2)
 • Land 14.55 sq mi (37.68 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation
1,089 ft (332 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,107
 • Density 694.64/sq mi (268.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
35957, 35956
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-07912
GNIS feature ID 0114631

Boaz is a city in Marshall and Etowah counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The Marshall County portion of the city is part of the Albertville Micropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 10,107. Boaz was known for its outlet shops.

History

First settled in the 1850s, the town of Boaz was officially founded November 11, 1878 by the Sparks Family of Georgia. A post office has been in operation since 1887. The city was named after Boaz, from the Hebrew Bible. It was incorporated in 1897.

Geography

Boaz is located in southeastern Marshall County at 34°12′10″N 86°9′38″W / 34.20278°N 86.16056°W / 34.20278; -86.16056 (34.202793, −86.160457), and extends south into Etowah County. It is bordered to the north by Albertville and to the southeast by Sardis City. U.S. Route 431 passes through the east side of the city, leading north 6 miles (10 km) to Albertville and southeast 20 miles (32 km) to Gadsden. Boaz is located on top of Sand Mountain (a plateau), at an elevation of 1,080 feet (330 m) above sea level.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.8 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (37.7 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.43%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 253
1910 1,010 299.2%
1920 1,369 35.5%
1930 1,691 23.5%
1940 1,927 14.0%
1950 3,078 59.7%
1960 4,654 51.2%
1970 5,635 21.1%
1980 7,151 26.9%
1990 6,928 −3.1%
2000 7,411 7.0%
2010 9,551 28.9%
2020 10,107 5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 9,551 people, 3,712 households, and 2,479 families living in the city. The population density was 782.9 people per square mile (302.2/km2). There were 4,036 housing units at an average density of 330.8 per square mile (127.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 1.8% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 7.9% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 14.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 3,712 households 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.6% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.11.

The age distribution was 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median household income was $31,172 and the median family income was $42,973. Males had a median income of $32,446 versus $27,924 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,697. About 11.7% of families and 16.0 of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Boaz racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 7,264 71.87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 189 1.87%
Native American 43 0.43%
Asian 57 0.56%
Pacific Islander 98 0.97%
Other/Mixed 407 4.03%
Hispanic or Latino 2,049 20.27%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 10,107 people, 3,494 households, and 2,197 families residing in the city.

Climate

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Notable people

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