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Location of Brewton in Escambia County, Alabama.
Location of Brewton in Escambia County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Escambia
 • Total 11.53 sq mi (29.87 km2)
 • Land 11.30 sq mi (29.26 km2)
 • Water 0.24 sq mi (0.61 km2)
82 ft (25 m)
 • Total 5,276
 • Density 467.07/sq mi (180.33/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 251
FIPS code 01-09208
GNIS feature ID 0157900
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U.S. Routes US 31.svg US 29.svg

Brewton is a city in and the county seat of Escambia County, Alabama, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 5,276. Brewton is located in south central Alabama, just north of the Florida Panhandle.

Brewton was ranked as one of the 100 best small towns in America in Norman Crampton's book, The 100 Best Small Towns in America (1995).


In May 1861, the city of Brewton began as a train station under Edmund Troupe Bruton. The settlement was originally known as Newport when barges made runs to and from Pensacola, Florida on Murder Creek and Burnt Corn Creek before the installation of rail.

During the Civil War rail lines were severed, and small lumber mills were damaged or destroyed. However, after the war those who returned or arrived rebuilt the Brewton economy, began a school, and established small businesses. Into the 1870s a new European demand for lumber opened the way for creation of numerous timber and lumber operations. The Conecuh-Escambia river system became a timber artery to the Gulf.

Brewton became a town on February 13, 1885 and later became the seat of Escambia County, Alabama.

Brewton was known in past times as "the richest little town in the South." Brewton's high per capita income was created by a small number of "timber barons," as they are remembered, who arrived at the end of the last century to cut pine and stayed to build extraordinary homes along Belleville and Evergreen avenues. These families include the McMillans and the Millers, many of whom still reside in the town.

Over time the county erected a series of courthouses. Brewton developed an education system that included public and private institutions, including Jefferson Davis Community College and T. R. Miller High School, named for Thomas Richard Miller, a local timber baron and town father who contributed money toward the building and opening of the school.


Brewton is located at 31°7′4″N 87°4′16″W / 31.11778°N 87.07111°W / 31.11778; -87.07111 (31.117706, -87.071164).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.3 square miles (29 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.22%) is water.


Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate). The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city was 109 °F (43 °C) on June 18, 1933, and the coldest temperature ever recorded was 3 °F (−16 °C) on January 21, 1985.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,312
1880 1,660 26.5%
1890 1,115 −32.8%
1900 1,382 23.9%
1910 2,185 58.1%
1920 2,682 22.7%
1930 2,818 5.1%
1940 3,323 17.9%
1950 5,146 54.9%
1960 6,309 22.6%
1970 6,747 6.9%
1980 6,680 −1.0%
1990 5,885 −11.9%
2000 5,498 −6.6%
2010 5,408 −1.6%
2020 5,276 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

Brewton first appeared on the 1870 U.S. Census as a Beat (Precinct) 5 of Escambia County. It appeared as Beat (Precinct) 3 in 1880. The population listed here for 1870-80 was the entire precinct, also including the area outside the town. Beginning with the 1890 U.S. Census, it appeared separately as an incorporated town.

2020 census

Brewton racial composition
Race Total Percent
White (non-Hispanic) 2,796 52.99%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,146 40.67%
Native American 33 0.63%
Asian 23 0.44%
Pacific Islander 7 0.13%
Other/Mixed 166 3.15%
Hispanic or Latino 105 1.99%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,276 people, 2,050 households, and 1,249 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,408 people, 2,171 households, and 1,412 families residing in the city. The population density was 474.9 people per square mile (182.1/km2). There were 2,522 housing units at an average density of 221.2 per square mile (84.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.1% White or Caucasian, 42.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,171 households, out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,390, and the median income for a family was $49,554. Males had a median income of $35,233 versus $28,879 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,467. About 19.6% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Culture and special events

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Streetlight banner proclaiming Brewton as “Home of the Alabama Blueberry Festival”

The annual Alabama Blueberry Festival is held at Jennings Park and downtown Brewton. Prior to 2006 it was held on the campus of Jefferson Davis Community College.

The Thomas E. McMillan Museum is housed on the campus of the Jefferson Davis Community College. It was founded in 1979 to chronicle life in Escambia County, Alabama. The museum includes items from 10,000-year-old fossils, to a fireside popcorn popper and a display of cameras.

Historic sites

Brewton has one site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Brewton Historic Commercial District.

Second Saint Siloam Missonary Baptist Church Oct 2014 2
Second Saint Siloam Missonary Baptist Church Oct 2014 2

The historic Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church was established on November 5, 1909 when a group of worshipers gathered at the Congregational Church on the corner of St. Joseph and Evergreen avenues in Brewton to organize a new church. The Second St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church was dedicated on June 10, 1910 on the corner of East and North streets. On April 1st, 2010 the church was added to the Alabama Register of Historic Places.

Notable people

  • Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, the first female federal judge appointed in Alabama
  • Johnnie Byrd, former member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Grayson Capps, singer-songwriter
  • Catherine Crosby, Miss Alabama 2003
  • Kristi DuBose, judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • Wayne Frazier, pro football player, former Auburn University player
  • William Lee Golden, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Deanna Jackson, professional women's basketball player
  • Teddy Keaton, football coach, Stillman College
  • Cliff Lewis, former professional football player
  • Hank Locklin, country music singer
  • Jonathan Bell Lovelace, founder of Capital Group Companies
  • Edwin L. Nelson, former judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Anthony Redmon, former NFL offensive lineman
  • William W. Seay, soldier during the Vietnam War, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Fred Snowden, former men's basketball coach for the University of Arizona
  • Kevin Sumlin, football coach, University of Arizona football
  • Davern Williams, former defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants
  • Edward O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer prize winner and biologist
  • Nicholas Benjamin NASA Engineer
  • Karisa Nelson, SoCon Female Athlete of the Year, Distance Running, Samford University

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