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Butler, Alabama
Choctaw County Courthouse and Confederate monument in Butler
Choctaw County Courthouse and Confederate monument in Butler
Location of Butler in Choctaw County, Alabama.
Location of Butler in Choctaw County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Choctaw
Area
 • Total 6.75 sq mi (17.48 km2)
 • Land 6.75 sq mi (17.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
213 ft (65 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,871
 • Density 277.14/sq mi (107.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36904
Area code(s) 205, 659
FIPS code 01-11032
GNIS feature ID 0157905

Butler is a town in and the county seat of Choctaw County, Alabama, United States. The population was 1,894 at the 2010 census.

History

When Choctaw County was formed in 1847, Butler was created as the county seat. The town was located and settled in 1848. It is named in honor of Colonel Pierce Butler, a soldier killed in the Mexican-American War.

Geography

Butler is located in north-central Choctaw County at 32°5′29″N 88°13′14.46″W / 32.09139°N 88.2206833°W / 32.09139; -88.2206833 (32.091526, -88.220684).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.4 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 194
1930 501
1940 670 33.7%
1950 659 −1.6%
1960 1,765 167.8%
1970 2,064 16.9%
1980 1,882 −8.8%
1990 1,872 −0.5%
2000 1,952 4.3%
2010 1,894 −3.0%
2020 1,871 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,894 people, 826 households, and 488 families residing in the city. The population density was 340 inhabitants per square mile (130/km2). There were 958 housing units at an average density of 171 per square mile (66/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.4% White, 26.7% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, and 0.7% from two or more races. 0.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 826 households, out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,173, and the median income for a family was $67,031. Males had a median income of $49,194 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,284. About 7.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines.

Education

Public education is provided by the Choctaw County School District.

  • Choctaw County High School (grades 7 through 12)
  • Choctaw County Elementary School (grades K through 6)

Patrician Academy is a private school (grades preK through 12) located in Butler.

Notable people

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