Boaz in 2012
|Nickname(s): City of Possibilities|
Location in Marshall County and the state of Alabama
|• Type||Mayor and Council|
|• Mayor||Tim Walker|
|• Total||12.3 sq mi (31.7 km2)|
|• Land||12.2 sq mi (31.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,089 ft (332 m)|
|• Density||602.5/sq mi (233.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP code||35957 and 35956|
|GNIS feature ID||0114631|
Boaz is a city in Etowah and Marshall Counties in the State of Alabama. It is part of the 'Gadsden, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area'. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,551. Boaz is known mainly for its outlet shops.
Boaz is located at (34.202793, −86.160457).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (32 km2), of which 12.2 square miles (32 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.49%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,411 people, 3,155 households, and 2,085 families residing in the city. The population density was 607.7 people per square mile (234.5/km2). There were 3,468 housing units at an average density of 284.4 per square mile (109.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.50% White, 1.31% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.01% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 4.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,155 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,699, and the median income for a family was $34,018. Males had a median income of $29,504 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,664. About 13.9% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.
Boaz has a police and a fire department; their precise effect on "demographics" is often the subject of local comedy.
In May 2004, the City of Boaz broke away from the Marshall County School system and formed the Boaz City School System. There are 5 schools in the Boaz City School System:
- Boaz Elementary School,
- Corley Elementary School,
- Boaz Intermediate School,
- Boaz Middle School,
- Boaz High School.
Boaz is also home to Snead State Community College.
Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).
- James Fischer, engineer who developed high-purity silicon technology for Texas Instruments
- Tim Hodge, voice actor and director for Big Idea Entertainment
- Rose Maddox, country music singer-songwriter and fiddle player
- Eddie Priest, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- John Q. Roberts, United States Navy officer who received the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions in combat during World War II.
- "Table 3. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Alabama: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011". United States Census Bureau. April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- "Table 3. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Alabama: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (SUB-EST2011-03-01)". Retrieved April 6, 2013.