Ardmore, Alabama

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Ardmore, Alabama
Town
Location in Limestone County and the state of Alabama
Location in Limestone County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°59′13″N 86°50′35″W / 34.98694°N 86.84306°W / 34.98694; -86.84306
Country United States
State Alabama
County Limestone
Government
 • Mayor Billy Shannon
Area
 • Total 2 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 883 ft (269 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,194
 • Density 517/sq mi (195.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35739
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-02260
GNIS feature ID 0113204

Ardmore is a town in Limestone County, Alabama, United States, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. It is home to the Saturn 1B Rocket, at the Alabama Welcome Center, just south of the Tennessee border, on Interstate 65. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town is 1,194. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the town had a population of 1,106.[1] It borders its sister city of Ardmore, Tennessee.

History[edit]

The settlement was originally named Austin, after Alex Austin, who selected the location as a site for a station along the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The railroad company later renamed the town Ardmore, for the community of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Ardmore, Alabama was incorporated in 1922.[2]

Geography[edit]

Ardmore is located at 34°59′13″N 86°50′36″W / 34.98694°N 86.84333°W / 34.98694; -86.84333 (34.987052, -86.843228).[3] It is the northernmost settlement in the state of Alabama.[4] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 266
1940 381 43.2%
1950 408 7.1%
1960 439 7.6%
1970 761 73.3%
1980 1,096 44.0%
1990 1,090 −0.5%
2000 1,034 −5.1%
2010 1,194 15.5%
Est. 2013 1,305 9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

2000 Census data[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,034 people, 460 households, and 276 families residing in the town. The population density was 506.8 people per square mile (195.7/km2). There were 506 housing units at an average density of 248.0 per square mile (95.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.23% White, 0.87% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. 1.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 460 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,352, and the median income for a family was $40,673. Males had a median income of $29,531 versus $19,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,447. About 10.7% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 30.7% of those age 65 or over.

Ardmore is the setting of a song by Old Crow Medicine Show called Alabama High-Test.[8]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2005-all.csv
  2. ^ Foscue, Virginia. Place Names in Alabama. University: U of Alabama Press, 1989.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "EXTREME SETTLEMENTS: A COMPREHENSIVE LIST". Weekend Roady. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Old Crow has the ideal medicine for a bad case of glitz: great music". Huntsville Times. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 

Coordinates: 34°59′13″N 86°50′36″W / 34.987052°N 86.843228°W / 34.987052; -86.843228