Alexander City, Alabama

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Alexander City
City
The Alexander City Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2000.
The Alexander City Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 2000.
Official seal of Alexander City
Seal
Nickname(s): Alex City
Motto: Hope. Courage. Pride.
Location in Tallapoosa County and the state of Alabama
Location in Tallapoosa County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°55′59″N 85°56′10″W / 32.93306°N 85.93611°W / 32.93306; -85.93611
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tallapoosa
Founded 1872
Government
 • Mayor Charles Shaw
Area
 • Total 39.0 sq mi (101 km2)
 • Land 38.8 sq mi (100.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 705 ft (215 m)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 14,876
 • Density 386.6/sq mi (149.3/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35010-35011
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-01132
GNIS feature ID 0112981
Website http://www.alexandercityonline.com

Alexander City, known to locals as "Alex City", is a city in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, United States, with a population of some 14,875. It is known for Lake Martin with its 750 miles (1,210 km) of wooded shoreline and 44,000 acres (180 km2) of crystal clear water. Lake Martin stands on the Tallapoosa River and offers boating, swimming, fishing, golfing, and camping. Many neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on the lake.

The city was traditionally based around the textile industry, but in recent times its economic base has become more diversified as textile jobs have gone elsewhere.

History[edit]

Alexander City was incorporated in 1872 as Youngsville, after its founder James Young. In 1873 the Savannah and Memphis Railroad came to the city. The city was renamed in honor of the railroad's President Edward Porter Alexander, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg for the Confederate States.[2]

On June 13, 1902, at 1 pm, a fire broke out in the Alexander City Machine shop and destroyed much of the town. At the time, Alexander City did not have a water system and all buildings, including the telegraph office, post office and three banks were burned.[3]

Geography[edit]

Alexander City is located at 32°55′59″N 85°56′10″W / 32.93306°N 85.93611°W / 32.93306; -85.93611 (32.933157, -85.936008)[4].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.0 square miles (101.0 km2), of which 38.8 square miles (100.5 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) (0.44%) is water.

Alexander City is located on U.S. Route 280. Birmingham is 60 miles (97 km) to the north, Auburn is 40 miles (64 km) southeast and Montgomery is 50 miles (80 km) south-southwest of Alexander City.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alexander City has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [5]

Climate data for Alexander City, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14
(58)
17
(62)
20
(68)
25
(77)
29
(84)
32
(89)
33
(91)
33
(91)
29
(85)
25
(77)
19
(67)
14
(58)
24.2
(75.6)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(34)
2
(36)
4
(40)
9
(48)
13
(56)
17
(63)
19
(66)
18
(65)
16
(60)
9
(48)
3
(38)
1
(33)
9.3
(48.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 130
(5.1)
132
(5.2)
165
(6.5)
150
(5.9)
94
(3.7)
109
(4.3)
132
(5.2)
94
(3.7)
100
(4)
58
(2.3)
100
(4)
130
(5)
1,394
(54.9)
Source: Weatherbase [6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 796
1890 679 −14.7%
1900 1,061 56.3%
1910 1,710 61.2%
1920 2,293 34.1%
1930 4,519 97.1%
1940 6,640 46.9%
1950 6,430 −3.2%
1960 13,140 104.4%
1970 12,358 −6.0%
1980 13,807 11.7%
1990 14,917 8.0%
2000 15,008 0.6%
2010 14,875 −0.9%
Est. 2013 14,876 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[8]

Alexander City was the principal city of the former Alexander City Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covered Coosa and Tallapoosa counties[9] and had a combined population of 53,677 at the 2000 census.[10] The micropolitan statistical area was removed in 2013 by the United States Office of Management and Budget.[11]

2000 Census data[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 15,008 people, 6,152 households, and 4,134 families residing in the city. The population density was 386.6 people per square mile (149.3/km²). There were 6,855 housing units at an average density of 176.6 per square mile (68.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.56% White, 28.37% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,152 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 78.3 men.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,309, and the median income for a family was $38,881. Males had a median income of $30,392 versus $20,705 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,305. About 15.0% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Alexander City uses a mayor-council government. The government consists of a mayor who is elected at large. The city council consists of six members who are elected from one of six districts.

The city has a police department.[12]

Education[edit]

Alexander City Public Schools are part of the Alexander City Schools district.

Schools in the district include Jim Pearson Elementary School, Nathaniel H. Stephens Elementary School, William L. Radney Elementary School, Alexander City Middle School and Benjamin Russell High School.

Dr. J. Darrell Cooper is the Superintendent of Schools.[13]

Economy[edit]

Russell Corporation, maker of Russell Athletic, Cross Creek, Jerzees, and Country Cottons apparel, was founded in 1902 and was the largest employer in the city until around 2012. On April 17, 2006, Russell Corporation was bought by Berkshire Hathaway/Fruit of the Loom for an estimated $600 million. Since about 1998, the number of workers employed by Russell Corporation in Alex City has been steadily declining. More than 6,500 jobs have been lost as most operations have moved offshore and management is now headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky. As of 2012, most of the manufacturing has been closed in Alex City and the majority of buildings are empty.

Transportation[edit]

T.C. Russell Field Airport (KALX), off U.S. Highway 280 adjacent to the Airport Industrial Park, is owned and maintained by the City of Alexander City.[14] KALX does not provide scheduled passenger services. The nearest major airports are Birmingham and Montgomery.

Alexander City has no railway station. The nearest rail passenger services are provided at Anniston, which is served daily by Amtrak's The Crescent to Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.

Alexander City has no scheduled bus service. The nearest point for Greyhound passenger service is Opelika.[15]

Media[edit]

Alexander City is served by the Montgomery-Selma Designated Market Area (DMA). Charter Communications provides cable television service. DirecTV and Dish Network provide direct broadcast satellite television including both local and national channels to area residents. Local Radio station: WKGA "Kowaliga Country" 97.5 Local Television station: WAXC-TV Channel 2 on charter

Notable natives[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ History, City of Alexander City.
  3. ^ "Fire Destroys Alabama Town" (PDF). The New York Times. June 14, 1902. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Alexander City, Alabama
  6. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on November 3, 2013.
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Components, Office of Management and Budget, May 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-27.
  10. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ OMB BULLETIN NO. 13-01: Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas. Office of Management and Budget. February 28, 2013.
  12. ^ UPDATED: Former ACPD officer sentenced to 89 years for sex crimes, by Austin Nelson, Alexcityoulook.com, 1 November 2013
  13. ^ "Alexander City Schools". Alexander City Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  14. ^ "Airport". The City of Alexander City. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Locations in Alabama". Greyhound Lines. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

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Coordinates: 32°55′59″N 85°56′10″W / 32.933157°N 85.936008°W / 32.933157; -85.936008