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Choccolocco, Alabama
Location of Choccolocco in Calhoun County, Alabama.
Location of Choccolocco in Calhoun County, Alabama.
Choccolocco, Alabama is located in Alabama
Choccolocco, Alabama
Choccolocco, Alabama
Location in Alabama
Choccolocco, Alabama is located in the United States
Choccolocco, Alabama
Choccolocco, Alabama
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Alabama
County Calhoun
Area
 • Total 11.78 sq mi (30.52 km2)
 • Land 11.65 sq mi (30.16 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
Elevation
679 ft (207 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,838
 • Density 243.69/sq mi (94.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 256 & 938
GNIS feature ID 159400

Choccolocco is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Calhoun County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 2,804. It was founded in 1832.

The name Choccolocco is an anglicization of the Creek words "chahko lago" ("big shoals") or "choko rakko" ("big house"); sources vary.

The community gained brief notoriety in 2001 when The Daily Show aired a piece on the "Choccolocco Monster", a part of local folklore concerning sightings of a mysterious creature in the area in the late 1960s. An October 2001 article in the Anniston Star newspaper revealed that the creature was, in fact, local resident Neal Williamson. As a teenager, Williamson would don his costume (consisting of a cow skull and a sheet) and gain the attention of passing cars by jumping out of the woods onto the roadside, often startling motorists.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 601
2010 2,804 366.6%
2020 2,838 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

Choccolocco first appeared on the 1890 U.S. Census as a town, but did not appear again until 2010 when it was made a census-designated place (CDP).

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