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Foley
City
Nickname(s): 
"The Forward City"
Motto(s): 
"The Heart of the American Riviera"
Location of Foley in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Location of Foley in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Baldwin
Government
 • Type Council/Mayor
Area
 • Total 32.65 sq mi (84.57 km2)
 • Land 32.51 sq mi (84.20 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
Elevation
79 ft (24 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 20,335
 • Density 625.52/sq mi (241.51/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36535-36536
Area code 251
FIPS code 01-26992
GNIS feature ID 0118464
Website http://www.cityoffoley.org

Foley is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 14,618. Foley is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County.

History

Foley was named for its founder, John B. Foley of Chicago. As Foley was traveling to President McKinley's funeral in 1901, he met a railroad agent who told him of the area in South Baldwin County. Foley came down the following year, and he liked what he saw and bought up between 40,000 acres (160 km2) and 50,000 acres (200 km2) of land. He then returned to Chicago and formed the Magnolia Land Company. As he began to sell off acreage, he realized the need for a better way for the people to come to Foley.

Foley used some of his own money to lay the rails so the train could come from Bay Minette. The first railroad station was built in 1905. The original station burned in 1908 and was replaced the following year by the station that is now the City's museum. John Foley donated parcels of land for a school and churches. These included the current Catholic Church, Saint Margret of Scotland, the Baptist church and the Methodist church. The first train to service Foley was a wood burner called the "Pine Knot Special." It would leave Foley in the morning and make a return trip in the afternoon. As people cleared the land, they would place liter knots in a wood box for the engineer to use as was needed. Foley was incorporated in 1915 with G. I. Weatherly serving as its first mayor.

Geography

Foley is located at 30°24'20.138" North, 87°40'53.432" West (30.405594, -87.681509).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.89 sq mi (67.1 km2), of which 25.76 sq mi (66.7 km2) is land and 0.4% is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 243
1930 791 225.5%
1940 864 9.2%
1950 1,301 50.6%
1960 2,889 122.1%
1970 3,368 16.6%
1980 4,003 18.9%
1990 4,937 23.3%
2000 7,590 53.7%
2010 14,618 92.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Foley racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 14,858 73.07%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,339 11.5%
Native American 95 0.47%
Asian 220 1.08%
Pacific Islander 8 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,047 5.15%
Hispanic or Latino 1,768 8.69%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,335 people, 8,090 households, and 4,298 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,618 people, 6,165 households, and 4,124 families residing in the city. The population density was 530.8 people per square mile (205.1/km2). There were 7,359 housing units at an average density of 284.1 per square mile (198.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.1% White, 14.9% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.7% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 9.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,165 households, out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 20.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,221, and the median income for a family was $50,854. Males had a median income of $36,959 versus $26,855 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,967. About 15.4% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.9% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Foley Public Library

The Foley Public Library has in excess of 50,000 volumes, internet computers, children's reading programs and public meeting rooms for civic organizations.

Points of interest

The City of Foley Antique Rose Trail features over five hundred varieties of fragrant roses.

Activities

The City of Foley Museum & Archives and Model Train Exhibit is located in a restored train depot from the early 1900s. It holds archives for the City of Foley as well as railroad memorabilia.

The Foley Golf Course is an eighteen-hole course. Holmes Medical Museum is located in downtown Foley and was the first hospital in Baldwin County. It has a doctors sled on display as well as a large collection of 20th century medical equipment.

Gallery



The Baldwin County Express Inc (a non profit charity) 09

Education

Foley is a part of the Baldwin County Public Schools system. An elementary school, an intermediate school, a middle school, and a high school serve the city of Foley.

Schools

Post-secondary school

  • Fortis College

High school

  • Foley High School (9-12)

Middle school

  • Foley Middle School (7-8)

Primary schools

  • Foley Intermediate School (5-6)
  • Foley Elementary School (K-4)
  • Magnolia Elementary Schools (K-6)

Notable people

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