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Childersburg, Alabama
Downtown Childersburg
Downtown Childersburg
Location of Childersburg in Talladega County, Alabama.
Location of Childersburg in Talladega County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Talladega
 • Total 12.58 sq mi (32.59 km2)
 • Land 12.33 sq mi (31.94 km2)
 • Water 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
420 ft (128 m)
 • Total 4,754
 • Density 385.53/sq mi (148.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-14464
GNIS feature ID 0116045

Childersburg is a city in Talladega County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It was incorporated in 1889. At the 2020 census, the population was 4,754. It has a history dating back before 1540, when it was noted as a village of the Coosa Nation visited by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. It is said a member of De Soto’s crew fell ill and was left to settle in the area of present day Childersburg where the Coosa people cared for the ill explorer. The Alabama Army Ammunition Plant, important during World War II, was located 4 miles (6 km) north of Childersburg.


Childersburg is located at 33°16′31″N 86°21′11″W / 33.27528°N 86.35306°W / 33.27528; -86.35306 (33.275187, −86.353166).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km2), of which 12.4 square miles (32.0 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 2.00%, is water.


Successive indigenous peoples had lived in the area for thousands of years. In the 16th century, people identified as part of the Kymulga-phase culture (of the larger Mississippian culture) lived at Talisi, the former site of Childersburg. In the fall of 1540, the Spanish Hernando de Soto expedition rested here for about one month during its exploration of the Southeast. Childersburg calls itself "The Oldest City in America". The Abihka people (part of those who became known as the Muskogee or Creek) dominated the area by the 18th century.

The Alabama Army Ammunition Plant, a munitions plant, was established in Childersburg in 1941 and operated throughout World War II until August 1945. Operated by DuPont, the plant produced explosives, such as nitrocellulose, trinitrotoluene (TNT), and dinitrotoluene (DNT). The plant also secretly produced heavy water to support the Manhattan Project.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 777
1900 372 −52.1%
1910 449 20.7%
1920 418 −6.9%
1930 459 9.8%
1940 515 12.2%
1950 4,023 681.2%
1960 4,884 21.4%
1970 4,831 −1.1%
1980 5,084 5.2%
1990 4,579 −9.9%
2000 4,927 7.6%
2010 5,175 5.0%
2020 4,754 −8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 5,175 people, 2,090 households and 1,422 families in the city. The population density was 417.3 people per square mile (161.7/km2). There were 2,356 housing units at an average density of 190 per square mile (73.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.1% White, 36.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 2,090 households 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 22.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.8% of households were one person and 11.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04

The age distribution was 26.4% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% 65 or older. The median age was 36.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median household income was $38,310 and the median family income was $41,646. Males had a median income of $43,333 versus $25,450 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,221. About 14.8% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 24.8% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Childersburg racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,594 54.56%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,927 40.53%
Native American 8 0.17%
Asian 20 0.42%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 130 2.73%
Hispanic or Latino 74 1.56%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,754 people, 2,175 households, and 1,284 families residing in the city.


There are ten golf courses in Childersburg and its immediate vicinity.

Childersburg is home to the Childersburg Tigers. 1967, 1977, 2002, and 2007 Alabama Baseball State Champions. Childersburg has won numerous youth baseball state championships including Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and most recently (2013) American Legion.

DeSoto Caverns is also located in Childersburg.



Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines.

Notable people

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