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Double Springs, Alabama
Winston County courthouse in Double Springs
Winston County courthouse in Double Springs
Location of Double Springs in Winston County, Alabama.
Location of Double Springs in Winston County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Winston
Area
 • Total 5.14 sq mi (13.31 km2)
 • Land 5.12 sq mi (13.25 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
823 ft (251 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,119
 • Density 218.64/sq mi (84.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35553
Area code(s) 205, 659
FIPS code 01-21280
GNIS feature ID 0159511

Double Springs is a town in Winston County, Alabama, United States. The city is the county seat of Winston County. The county seat was initially located at Houston, but by referendum in 1883, Double Springs prevailed and it was removed to there. It was incorporated on May 17, 1943. At the 2010 census the population was 1,083, up from 1,003 in 2000.

Geography

Double Springs is located at 34°9′6″N 87°24′16″W / 34.15167°N 87.40444°W / 34.15167; -87.40444 (34.151642, -87.404390).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 524
1960 811 54.8%
1970 957 18.0%
1980 1,057 10.4%
1990 1,138 7.7%
2000 1,003 −11.9%
2010 1,083 8.0%
2020 1,119 3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,083 people, 412 households, and 260 families in the town. The population density was 277.7 people per square mile (108.3/km2). There were 461 housing units at an average density of 118.2 per square mile (46.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.3% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. 0.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 412 households 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 35.0% of households were one person and 16.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82.

The age distribution was 20.1% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% 65 or older. The median age was 45.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median household income was $30,865 and the median family income was $32,232. Males had a median income of $27,450 versus $21,641 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,973. About 21.1% of families and 25.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.7% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Double Springs racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,049 93.74%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1 0.09%
Native American 4 0.36%
Pacific Islander 1 0.09%
Other/Mixed 46 4.11%
Hispanic or Latino 18 1.61%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,119 people, 564 households, and 380 families residing in the town.

Travel and entertainment

Double Springs rests inside the William B. Bankhead National Forest, and is near Lewis Smith Lake. The Kinlock Shelter is located near Double Springs.

In 1944, a memorial marker was erected on the courthouse square "To the memory of the Denson Brothers – Seaborn M. Denson (1854-1936) and Thomas J. Denson (1863-1935) who devoted their lives and gifts to composing and teaching American religious folk music as embodied in the Sacred Harp, in most of the Southern States, but mostly in Alabama. This stone is placed in the midst of their field of labor by the loving hands of their families, pupils of their singing schools, and legions of singers and friends in the summer of the year 1944. The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Sacred Harp while 'Uncle Seab' and 'Uncle Tom' sing on – 'way over in the promised land'."

Education

The main offices of the Winston County School System are located in Double Springs. The chief school in Double Springs is Winston County High School, home of the Yellow Jackets. Winston Career Academy is also located in Double Springs.

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