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Fultondale
Motto(s): 
"A Friendly City"
Location of Fultondale in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Location of Fultondale in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Jefferson
Area
 • Total 12.14 sq mi (31.43 km2)
 • Land 12.14 sq mi (31.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
610 ft (190 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,876
 • Density 813.78/sq mi (314.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35068
Area code(s) 205 & 659
FIPS code 01-28552
GNIS feature ID 0118760
Website City of Fultondale

Fultondale is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States and a northern suburb of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 8,380.

History

Fulton was a mining town in the 1900s. Fulton was incorporated in 1947. The town's name is derived from the combination of the names of two nearby communities, Fulton Springs and Glendale.

This area was once known as Fulton Springs. Prior to the building of Interstate 65, US 31 was the main route for travelers northbound from Birmingham towards Nashville, Tennessee. As a result, hotels such as the Keystone Lodge and Buchmann Motor Inn prospered. On the city's southern edge was located one of the few drive-in theatres in the Birmingham area (the "Skyview"). This was torn down when I-65 was built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Pine Bowl bowling alley is still a long time fixture in the city.Traces of the old routing of US 31 are still noticeable in the city. From just south of the city hall to an old bridge on this city's northern side, most of this old routing is known as Stouts Road or in some cases simply "old US 31."

Fultondale was a relatively stagnant community until the last decade. Growth has occurred in residential areas mainly west of Interstate 65, while retail development has focused along and near the I-65/Walkers Chapel Road exit.

Geography

Fultondale is located at 33°36′55″N 86°48′5″W / 33.61528°N 86.80139°W / 33.61528; -86.80139 (33.615202, -86.801293).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.2 square miles (32 km2), all land. Fultondale is located along one of the many ridgelines that comprise the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain chain. The area has been thoroughly mined for coal and other minerals in the past 100 years. The city is served by two major north/south highways, Interstate 65 and US Highway 31. The new Interstate 22 encroaches on the city's western edge and on June 20, 2016, the interchange with I-65 just south of Fultondale opened. I-22 will provide direct interstate access to Memphis, Tennessee. Upon completion of Interstate 22, Fultondale will become the fourth Alabama city (after Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile) to be directly served by more than one two-digit interstate highway (I-65 & I-22). The only east/west thoroughfare of note is Walkers Chapel Road (west of US 31) and New Castle Road (east of US 31). Rail lines run north/south along the city's eastern edge from Boyles Yard in Tarrant to points north and east. Air travel is available from nearby Birmingham International Airport.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 1,304
1960 2,001 53.5%
1970 5,163 158.0%
1980 6,217 20.4%
1990 6,400 2.9%
2000 6,595 3.0%
2010 8,380 27.1%
2020 9,876 17.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Fultondale racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 4,877 49.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,132 31.71%
Native American 15 0.15%
Asian 127 1.29%
Other/Mixed 364 3.69%
Hispanic or Latino 1,361 13.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,876 people, 3,879 households, and 2,393 families residing in the city.

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 8,380 people, 3,504 households, and 2,269 families living in the city. The population density was 681.3 people per square mile (264.4/km2). There were 3,758 housing units at an average density of 305.5 per square mile (118.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White, 16.6% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 4.6% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. 10.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 3,504 households 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.9% of households were one person and 9.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution was 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% 65 or older. The median age was 34.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median household income was $44,880 and the median family income was $55,565. Males had a median income of $43,109 versus $35,051 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,903. About 8.1% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Colonial Promenade Fultondale

The development is a project of Colonial Properties and a portion opened in the fall of 2007. Target is the anchor tenant in the development along with Books-A-Million and Best Buy. Target features a Starbucks and Books-A-Million a Joe Muggs. Ashley Furniture HomeStores is located at the southern end of the shopping complex. Phase II of the Promenade opened in the fall of 2008 with a JCPenney, rue21 and Ross Dress For Less. Additionally, there are several restaurants in and around this development including: Chili's, Stix (Japanese), Logan's Roadhouse, and Full Moon BBQ.

Retail and commercial

Due to difficult topography, for many years Fultondale was limited in its ability to grow. However, as technology improved, the ability to convert what had been difficult to unusable land for retail and commercial purposes improved. Besides the retail development of Colonial Promenade, other retail development nearby includes Lowe's and various chain restaurants such as O'Charley's and Outback Steakhouse. Other older, more mature business establishments line US 31 in the center of the community including supermarkets, casual fast food, banks, a bowling alley and skating rink.

2011 tornado

The city was damaged by a tornado on April 27, 2011 during the multi-state Southern U.S. April 2011 tornado outbreak - the same powerful EF4 tornado that obliterated parts of Tuscaloosa and the western suburbs of Birmingham.


Education

Fultondale is served by Jefferson County Schools. Fultondale High School is located on Carson Road on the northeast side of the city. Fultondale Elementary School serves grades PreK-6th grade and is located on the southern end of the city off of US Highway 31. In 2020, it was announced that Fultondale High School will get a new building and the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School will move to the current high school location once renovations are completed. The school is nicknamed the Wildcats (and Junior Wildcats) and both schools' colors are orange and navy blue.

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