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Heflin
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Heflin, Alabama
Heflin, Alabama
Motto(s): 
"A Great Place to Call Home."
Location of Heflin in Cleburne County, Alabama.
Location of Heflin in Cleburne County, Alabama.
Country United States
State Alabama
County Cleburne
Incorporated 1886
Government
 • Type City Council/Mayor
Area
 • Total 16.31 sq mi (42.23 km2)
 • Land 16.13 sq mi (41.77 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,431
 • Density 212.74/sq mi (82.14/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36264
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-33976
GNIS feature ID 0159746
Website http://www.cityofheflin.org/

Heflin is a city and the county seat of Cleburne County, Alabama, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 3,431. It is located approximately halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta along Interstate 20.

History

Heflin was first settled in 1882 as a station on the railroad line from Atlanta. The town quickly grew and was incorporated in 1886. Until 1905, the County Seat of Cleburne County had been located at Edwardsville. In 1905, an election was held to move the county seat from Edwardsville to Heflin. The election results favored Heflin and were appealed to and upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court on July 1, 1906.

Geography

Heflin is located at 33°38'37.514" North, 85°34'57.724" West (33.643754, −85.582701).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which 11.8 square miles (31 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.50%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 383
1900 460 20.1%
1910 839 82.4%
1920 1,026 22.3%
1930 1,231 20.0%
1940 1,684 36.8%
1950 1,982 17.7%
1960 2,400 21.1%
1970 2,872 19.7%
1980 3,014 4.9%
1990 2,906 −3.6%
2000 3,002 3.3%
2010 3,480 15.9%
2020 3,431 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

2020

Heflin racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,930 85.4%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 302 8.8%
Native American 12 0.35%
Asian 5 0.15%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 148 4.31%
Hispanic or Latino 33 0.96%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,431 people, 1,340 households, and 677 families residing in the city.

2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,480 people in 1,384 households, including 925 families, in the city. The population density was 216.9 people per square mile (83.7/km2). There were 1,531 housing units at an average density of 93.9 per square mile (36.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 9.4% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 1,384 households 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.3% of households were one person and 14.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% 65 or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median household income was $29,821, and the median family income was $37,050. Males had a median income of $41,932 versus $25,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,909. About 15.6% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,002 people in 1,218 households, including 824 families, in the city. The population density was 254.0 people per square mile (98.1/km2). There were 1,330 housing units at an average density of 112.5 per square mile (43.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.88% White, 11.83% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 1,218 households 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.1% of households were one person and 15.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median household income was $28,398 and the median family income was $38,600. Males had a median income of $29,545 versus $20,676 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,452. About 11.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Climate data for Heflin, AL, 1981-2010 normals, extremes 1956-present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 78
(25.6)
81
(27.2)
87
(30.6)
90
(32.2)
98
(36.7)
106
(41.1)
107
(41.7)
105
(40.6)
100
(37.8)
91
(32.8)
87
(30.6)
78
(25.6)
107
(41.7)
Average high °F (°C) 52.4
(11.33)
56.6
(13.67)
65.3
(18.5)
72.9
(22.72)
79.5
(26.39)
85.9
(29.94)
88.8
(31.56)
88.4
(31.33)
83.1
(28.39)
74.0
(23.33)
64.2
(17.89)
54.5
(12.5)
72.13
(22.296)
Average low °F (°C) 29.5
(-1.39)
32.6
(0.33)
39.1
(3.94)
45.7
(7.61)
55.4
(13)
63.4
(17.44)
67.4
(19.67)
66.7
(19.28)
59.8
(15.44)
47.7
(8.72)
38.8
(3.78)
31.7
(-0.17)
48.15
(8.972)
Record low °F (°C) -4
(-20)
1
(-17.2)
8
(-13.3)
22
(-5.6)
30
(-1.1)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
49
(9.4)
29
(-1.7)
21
(-6.1)
10
(-12.2)
0
(-17.8)
-4
(-20)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.09
(129.3)
5.76
(146.3)
5.32
(135.1)
4.42
(112.3)
4.95
(125.7)
4.31
(109.5)
5.50
(139.7)
3.55
(90.2)
3.27
(83.1)
3.45
(87.6)
4.71
(119.6)
4.72
(119.9)
55.05
(1,398.3)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.6
(1.5)
0.2
(0.5)
0.6
(1.5)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
1.7
(4.3)
Avg. precipitation days 12 11 10 10 9 10 12 9 8 8 10 12 121
Source: [1]

Education

Public education is provided in Heflin by the Cleburne County Board of Education. Public schools in Heflin include:

Cleburne County High School (grades 8 through 12)
Cleburne County Career Technical School (grades 9 through 12)
Cleburne County Middle School (grades 5 through 7)
Cleburne County Elementary School (grades K through 6)
Pleasant Grove Elementary School (grades K through 6)

Notable people

  • Paul D. Adams, a Commanding General of the Third United States Army
  • Charlie Brown, former NFL and CFL player
  • John Merrill, Secretary of State of Alabama
  • Will Payne, producer, writer and director
  • Tyrone Prothro, former wide receiver for the University of Alabama
  • Todd Bates, former defensive lineman for University of Alabama, current defensive line coach for Clemson University.
  • Robert Rigsby, Sr., former mayor of the city, funded most of the city's Christmas decorations and founded the Outdoor Jamboree.

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