Dadeville, Alabama

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Location in Tallapoosa County and the state of Alabama
Location in Tallapoosa County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°49′55″N 85°45′51″W / 32.83194°N 85.76417°W / 32.83194; -85.76417
Country United States
State Alabama
County Tallapoosa
 • Total 16 sq mi (41.4 km2)
 • Land 16 sq mi (41.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 728 ft (222 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,212
 • Density 200.8/sq mi (77.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36853
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-19336
GNIS feature ID 0117010

Dadeville is a city in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 3,212. The city is the county seat of Tallapoosa County.[1]


Dadeville was named for Major Francis Langhorne Dade,[2] who died in the Seminole War in 1835. The town was granted a charter in 1837 and was first incorporated in 1858, lost its charter during the Civil War, and was incorporated a second time in 1878. Dadeville has been the Tallapoosa County seat since 1838.[3]

Dadeville was home to the Graefenberg Medical Institute, Alabama's first medical school, which operated from 1852 until the outbreak of the Civil War; attempts to rehabilitate the school after the war failed, and the building burned in 1873.[4]

Completion of the Thomas Wesley Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River in 1926 and the subsequent creation of Lake Martin had and continues to have a strong economic impact on Dadeville.[4]

Wickles Pickles is based in Dadeville.


Dadeville is located at 32°49′55″N 85°45′51″W / 32.83194°N 85.76417°W / 32.83194; -85.76417 (32.832059, -85.764288).[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.0 square miles (41 km2), all land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Dadeville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,212 people, 1,122 households, and 813 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.7 people per square mile (77.5/km2). There were 1,278 housing units at an average density of 79.9 per square mile (30.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.24% White, 45.08% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,122 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 22.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,266, and the median income for a family was $31,512. Males had a median income of $24,500 versus $20,781 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,178. About 18.1% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 21.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

A historic marker in Dadeville notes the significance of Hooper and his famous character Simon Suggs, a fictional native of Dadeville


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 98. 
  3. ^ The Heritage of Tallapoosa County, Alabama copyright 2000. <> Accessed July 15, 2010
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  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Dadeville, Alabama
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Texas Governor Charles Allen Culberson". National Governors Association. Retrieved November 2013. 

Coordinates: 32°49′55″N 85°45′51″W / 32.832059°N 85.764288°W / 32.832059; -85.764288