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Eclectic, Alabama
Downtown Eclectic
Downtown Eclectic
Location of Eclectic in Elmore County, Alabama
Location of Eclectic in Elmore County, Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Elmore
Area
 • Total 4.19 sq mi (10.85 km2)
 • Land 4.11 sq mi (10.65 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
581 ft (177 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,193
 • Density 290.13/sq mi (112.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36024
Area code(s) 334 Exchanges: 541 & 857
FIPS code 01-22816
GNIS feature ID 0117848
Website http://www.townofeclectic.com

Eclectic is a town in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in 1907. At the 2020 census, the population was 1,193. It is part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Eclectic was founded by Dr. M. L. Fielder, a practitioner of eclectic medicine, hence the name. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.

The first post office in Eclectic was established in 1879.

Geography

Eclectic is located at 32°38′29″N 86°2′19″W / 32.64139°N 86.03861°W / 32.64139; -86.03861 (32.641285, -86.038571).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.17%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 315
1920 555 76.2%
1930 678 22.2%
1940 606 −10.6%
1950 715 18.0%
1960 926 29.5%
1970 1,184 27.9%
1980 1,124 −5.1%
1990 1,087 −3.3%
2000 1,037 −4.6%
2010 1,001 −3.5%
2020 1,193 19.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

At the 2000 census there were 1,037 people, 409 households, and 280 families living in the town. The population density was 244.7 people per square mile (94.4/km2). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 108.3 per square mile (41.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 78.11% White, 19.19% Black or African American, 0.96% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.87% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 409 households 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 29.1% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.14.

The age distribution was 30.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

The median household income was $30,906 and the median family income was $31,855. Males had a median income of $29,554 versus $18,162 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,131. About 20.5% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 23.4% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,001 people, 399 households, and 266 families living in the town. The population density was 238.3 people per square mile (90.2/km2). There were 438 housing units at an average density of 104.3 per square mile (39.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 86.4% White, 11.0% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 0.0% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 399 households 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.6% of households were one person and 15.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.14.

The age distribution was 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% 65 or older. The median age was 39.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median household income was $34,750 and the median family income was $42,188. Males had a median income of $35,815 versus $27,684 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,181. About 8.6% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

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