Cedar Bluff, Alabama

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Cedar Bluff, Alabama
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Alabama
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°13′14″N 85°35′45″W / 34.22056°N 85.59583°W / 34.22056; -85.59583
Country United States
State Alabama
County Cherokee
 • Total 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 • Land 5.1 sq mi (13.1 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 591 ft (180 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,820
 • Density 359/sq mi (138.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35959
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-12760
GNIS feature ID 0155014
Website www.cedarbluff-al.org

Cedar Bluff is a town in Cherokee County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,820.[1] NASCAR driver Tina Gordon is from the town. Unlike the rest of the county, Cedar Bluff is a wet town. It is touted as the "Crappie Capital of the World" – it has the highest number of crappie counted to have been caught of any other place.[citation needed] The town is located on the north shore of Weiss Lake on the Coosa River and is close to the historic Cornwall Furnace.


A post office called Cedar Bluff has been in operation since 1837.[2] Once the county seat, the city was named for groves of cedar trees above the bluffs of the nearby river.[3]


Cedar Bluff is located northeast of the center of Cherokee County at 34°13'14.182" North, 85°35'45.596" West (34.220606, -85.595999).[4]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km2), of which 5.1 square miles (13.1 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.15%, is water.[1] The town is bordered on the north, west, and south by Weiss Lake.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 563
1960 687 22.0%
1970 956 39.2%
1980 1,129 18.1%
1990 1,174 4.0%
2000 1,467 25.0%
2010 1,820 24.1%
Est. 2013 1,833 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,467 people, 630 households, and 444 families residing in the town. The population density was 369.3 people per square mile (142.7/km2). There were 975 housing units at an average density of 245.5 per square mile (94.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 87.18% White, 11.38% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 630 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,211, and the median income for a family was $33,984. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $20,231 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,864. About 19.5% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.8% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.


Cedar Bluff Public Schools are part of the Cherokee County School District. Schools in the district include Cedar Bluff School, Centre Elementary School, Gaylesville School, Sand Rock School, Centre Middle School, Cherokee County High School, Spring Garden High School and Cherokee County Career & Technology Center. Cedar Bluff School is located in Cedar Bluff.

Brian Johnson is the Superintendent of Schools.[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Cedar Bluff town, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cherokee County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cherokee County, Ala.". Calhoun Times. September 1, 2004. p. 42. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  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. ^ "Cherokee County Schools". Cherokee County Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 

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Coordinates: 34°13′14″N 85°35′46″W / 34.220606°N 85.595999°W / 34.220606; -85.595999