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Chickasaw, Alabama
Location in Mobile County, Alabama
Location in Mobile County, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Mobile
 • Total 4.56 sq mi (11.80 km2)
 • Land 4.21 sq mi (10.89 km2)
 • Water 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
30 ft (9 m)
 • Total 6,457
 • Density 1,534.82/sq mi (592.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
36611, 36671
Area code(s) 251
FIPS code 01-14392
GNIS feature ID 0116030

Chickasaw is a city in Mobile County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2020 census the population was 6,457, up from 6,106 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mobile metropolitan area.


Chickasaw is located at 30°45′54″N 88°05′01″W / 30.764987°N 88.083713°W / 30.764987; -88.083713. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (3.06%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 4,920
1960 10,002 103.3%
1970 8,447 −15.5%
1980 7,402 −12.4%
1990 6,649 −10.2%
2000 6,364 −4.3%
2010 6,106 −4.1%
2020 6,457 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

The city had its peak of population in 1960, when the shipyard was still operating at high capacity. Decline in shipyard jobs has resulted in a decline in overall population since then.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,106 people, 2,430 households, and 1,612 families living in the city. The population density was 1,387,7 people per square mile (531.0 km2). There were 2,879 housing units at an average density of 654.3 per square mile (250.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.0% White, 33.6% Black or African American, .8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 2.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,430 households, out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.2% were married couples living together, 22.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population dispersal was 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,061, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $35,300 versus $25,369 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,105. About 18.9% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over. The median home price was an estimated $83,800 in 2010. The rent burden was 47.9%.

2020 census

Chickasaw racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,153 48.83%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,760 42.74%
Native American 36 0.56%
Asian 27 0.42%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 291 4.51%
Hispanic or Latino 189 2.93%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,457 people, 2,134 households, and 1,246 families residing in the city.


USS Pivot (AM-276) launched at the Gulf Shipbuilding Company, Chickasaw, Alabama, on 11 November 1943. In the background can be seen the USS Pledge (AM-277).

Company town

The present site of Chickasaw was, in the early 20th century before the city now standing was incorporated, a company town, wholly owned by companies such as the Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation. It was the subject of a Supreme Court of the United States decision (Marsh v. Alabama, 326 U.S. 501 (1946)), which stated that despite being a privately owned town, because it functioned as a town open to the public, the right conferred by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution cannot be abridged.

Notable person

Ray Sawyer of the band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show was born in Chickasaw in 1937.

Incorporation as a city

Chickasaw as a city was incorporated in 1946 as a shipbuilding town.


Chickasaw's public schools are within the Chickasaw City Schools district. The city voted in 2012 to form its own school system with Satsuma, Alabama, leaving that operated by Mobile County School Board.

History of schools

Chickasaw's public schools were previously operated by the Mobile County Public School System. Hamilton Elementary School was within the Chickasaw city limits and serves Chickasaw residents. In addition two magnet schools, the elementary Chickasaw School of Mathematics and Science and the Clark School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (high school), were in the city. Residents zoned to Hamilton are also zoned to Chastang Middle School.

Several years prior to 2009, officials of Chickasaw, Satsuma, and Saraland contemplated forming the "Delta School District." Around 2009 Chickasaw officials considered a plan to secede from the Mobile County school system, after Mobile County officials considered closing the Chickasaw magnets, which together have a combined total of 14% Chickasaw residents. The remainder of the students came from other locations, including the unincorporated area of Grand Bay. Mobile County considered moving the magnets to Shaw High School in western Mobile.

Chickasaw did separate from the Mobile County school system, effective in 2013, with the understanding that the elementary Chickasaw School of Mathematics and Science would be relocated from Chickasaw within four years. While it remained, the residents of Chickasaw were required to pay $2,200 per year per child in order to attend the school, as they were no longer part of the county system. In January 2013 the Mobile County school board decided to move the elementary Mathematics and Science school to the former Howard Elementary School near Downtown Mobile.

Notable person

  • Ray Sawyer of the band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show was born in Chickasaw in 1937.

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