Centre, Alabama

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Centre, Alabama
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Alabama
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°9′33″N 85°40′29″W / 34.15917°N 85.67472°W / 34.15917; -85.67472
Country United States
State Alabama
County Cherokee
 • Type Mayor/Council
 • Mayor Tony Wilkie
 • Total 11.5 sq mi (29.9 km2)
 • Land 11.4 sq mi (29.6 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 663 ft (202 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,489
 • Density 305/sq mi (117.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35960
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-13648
GNIS feature ID 0115902
Website www.cityofcentre.com

Centre is a city in Cherokee County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 3,489.[1] The city is the county seat of Cherokee County and is part of the Gadsden, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Cherokee County was created on January 9, 1836, and named for the Cherokee people who once lived in the area. The famous Cherokee chief Pathkiller lived in Turkeytown near the present town of Centre. In 1836 the newly founded town of Cedar Bluff became the county seat, but in 1844 the county seat was moved to the more centrally located town of Centre.[2] The name was chosen, and carries the British English spelling, because of this central location in the county.[3] In 2011, Centre began allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages, and is no longer a dry city.


Centre is located slightly west of the center of Cherokee County at 34°9'33.052" North, 85°40'29.071" West (34.159181, -85.674742).[4] The city limits extend north to the south shore of Weiss Lake on the Coosa River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (29.9 km2), of which 11.4 square miles (29.6 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.81%, is water.[5]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,216 people, 1,324 households, and 877 families residing in the city.[7] The population density was 293.2 inhabitants per square mile (113.2 /km2). There were 1,515 housing units at an average density of 138.1 per square mile (53.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.88% White, 10.01% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.2%, 0.31% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[7]

There were 1,324 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.[7]

In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.[7]

The median income for a household in the city was $24,000, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $31,636 versus $22,035 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,997. About 18.7% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.6% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.[7]


Centre 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.

The Cherokee County Board of Education provides public education for Centre.

Schools in Centre include Cherokee County High School, Cherokee County Career and Technology Center, Centre Middle School, and Centre Elementary School.

Mitchell Guice is the Superintendent of Schools.[8]


Radio stations[edit]


  • Cherokee County Herald (weekly)
  • The Post (weekly)


Centre is located near Weiss Lake, a man-made reservoir and self-proclaimed "Crappie Capital of the World".

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bestplaces.net/city/profile.aspx?ccity=&city=Centre_AL
  2. ^ "Centre". Encyclopedia of Alabama. December 10, 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "History". Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Centre city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Fact Sheet- Centre city, Alabama". American Fact Finder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Cherokee County Schools". Cherokee County Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 

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Coordinates: 34°09′33″N 85°40′29″W / 34.159181°N 85.674742°W / 34.159181; -85.674742