|— City —|
|• Total||17.5 sq mi (45.3 km2)|
|• Land||16.2 sq mi (42.1 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)|
|Elevation||157 ft (48 m)|
|• Density||1,176/sq mi (454.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0157933|
Daphne is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay. The city is located along I-10, 11 miles east of Mobile and 170 miles southwest of the state capital of Montgomery. The 2010 United States Census lists the population of the city as 21,570 making Daphne the most populous city in Baldwin County. It is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County.
Daphne is located at 30°37'52.640" North, 87°53'11.184" West (30.631289, -87.886440). It is one of three cities that are collectively known as the Eastern Shore by locals. They are Spanish Fort to the north, Daphne in the center and Fairhope to the south.
The topography of Daphne is generally consistent from a gently sloping sea level on the west to low rolling hills further east. Generally, the entire city lies no more than 150 feet above sea level.
Nearby communities include: Fairhope, Loxley, Mobile, Point Clear, Robertsdale, Silverhill, Summerdale, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Bay Minette, Foley, Magnolia Springs, Elberta, Belforest, and Malbis.
As of the census of 2010, there were 21,570 people, 6,563 households, and 4,670 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,230.5 people per square mile (475.3/km2). There were 7,222 housing units at an average density of 536.0 per square mile (207.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.33% White, 12.35% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,563 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $52,603, and the median income for a family was $61,563. Males had a median income of $46,576 versus $29,052 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,597. About 2.6% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.
The history of Daphne predates recorded history and shares much in common with other southeastern towns and cities. From Native American, to the Spanish, French and British, the city has seen a lengthy parade of historic influences which gives Daphne its present character.
Daphne is also known as the “Jubilee City.” A Jubilee in Mobile Bay occurs when crab, shrimp, and other sea life from the waters of Mobile Bay are suddenly found washed ashore along the coastline. Biologists believe the phenomenon is due to a possible decrease in water oxygen levels which force the fish to the surface.
Native American history 
Early settlers to the region were hunter-gather tribes similar to those in North Alabama. Small clans worked together to acquire food and to provide for their families. Initially, these groups enjoyed an economy based upon hunting and scavenging but as time passed production of weapons and pottery became more advanced. During the late Woodland stage Native Americans began to practice more elaborate ritual services. Although no burial grounds are known in Daphne, they are scattered throughout nearby Baldwin County. By 1500, the zenith of Native American culture in South Alabama, it is estimated that a community of about 5,000 lived within 50 miles of the seacoast. These peoples were among the first who met Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1540. From this meeting forward, the original settlers faced a disaster from which they did not recover.
European exploration and settlement 
The first European settlers to the area of Daphne came in 1540 during the period of Spanish Exploration. Prior to that time the region was populated by a variety of Native American tribes. In 1763, the community of Daphne was established and was known simply as “the Village.” The town of Daphne was officially established, although unincorporated, in April 1874 when the Post Office for Daphne was opened. The town was named the county seat of Baldwin County, Alabama, in 1868 after the previous county seat, Blakely, was destroyed in the Civil War.
Modern History 
Daphne remained the county seat until a legislative act of 1900, when the county seat was moved to Bay Minette. Daphne residents resisted the change and would not allow the county records to be removed. Those records were stolen in a late night raid and moved to Bay Minette.
On July 8, 1927, Daphne was incorporated with a request for incorporation signed by 41 landowners. On September 19, 1927, the town held its first election. The first Mayor was James M. Voltz. An attempt in 1946 to revoke incorporation by unhappy residents failed.
In February, 2008, Daphne became the last of the large cities in Baldwin County to enact a public smoking ban. After contentious council meetings, the ban was passed while exempting bars, private clubs and up to 30% of rooms in a hotel.
In November 2010, Daphne City Council was persuaded by a single student from Bayside Academy to enact a ban against texting while driving.
Daphne is incorporated in Baldwin County, Alabama. It is governed by a mayor and city council, both of which are elected by popular vote every four years. A semi-autonomous Utilities Board and Zoning Commission support the governance of the city. Daphne’s current mayor is Dane Haygood. A seven member city council serves the city of Daphne. Council Members are selected within districts. The council is presently composed of the following:
Tommie Conaway, District One
Pat Rudicell , District Two
John L. Lake, District Three
Randy Fry, District Four
Ron Scott, District Five
Robin LeJeune, District Six
Joe Davis, District Seven
Public schools in Daphne are part of the Baldwin County Public Schools system. Three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and two private schools serve the Daphne area.
Public schools 
Secondary schools 
High schools 
- Daphne High School (9-12)
Middle schools 
- Daphne Middle School (7-8)
Primary schools 
- Daphne East Elementary School (K-6)
- Daphne Elementary School North Campus (K-3)
- W.J. Carroll Intermediate School (Daphne South) (4-6)
Private schools 
- Bayside Academy (K-12)
- Christ the King Catholic School (K-8)
Higher education 
- The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, special mission school of sport offering sport-specific residential and online distance learning programs to students, teachers, and administrators around the world. In addition, it houses the American Sport Art Museum and Archives.
- Huntingdon College has a comprehensive graduate school in Daphne that focuses on business and professional graduate programs.
Daphne has six public parks, which include the following:
- Trione Park is a large multifield sports complex. Soccer, softball, and baseball games are played there.
- Lott Park is an older, multi-field baseball, basketball, and tennis park.
- Centennial Park is a small children's play park.
- May Day Park includes a large playground for young children, a boat launch and a pier.
- Bayfront Park is a large drive up park that sits adjacent to the bay. It includes an elevated hall which is frequently used for parties, receptions, business meetings, etc. A board walk winds through the estuary and ends at a small pier. Also located on this park is the Richard Scardimalia Pavilion, where weddings and other events are sometimes performed.
- Village Point Park Preserve is the largest park in Daphne and was once referred to as Jackson Oak Park. It is an estuary for wildlife. The historic D'olive family cemetery is also located on the property.
The Daphne Civic Center is a city-owned facility used to host a variety of recurring special events in the community. Constructed at a cost of $6 million, it opened to the public in December 1999.
Notable people 
- Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki (born Omar Hammami), American-born member of the Somali Islamist paramilitary group al-Shabaab.
- Jeremy Clark, a football player for the New York Giants
- Courtney Duncan, a major league baseball player.
- Atlas Herrion, American football offensive lineman of several NFL teams who currently plays for the Arizona Rattlers of Arena Football 1.
- Joseph Lawson Howze, prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Bishop of Biloxi from 1977 to 2001.
- Kenny King, a football player now with the Canadian Football League.
- Pat White, college football player (West Virginia University Mountaineers), 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist.
- T. J. Yeldon, running back for the University of Alabama
See also 
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
- "Folks fired up over city wide smoking ban". AL.com. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- Burnette, O. Lawrence, Jr. (2006). Coastal Kingdom. PublishAmerica. pp. 20–24.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Ripley, Taylor (2009-07-12). "Daphne Alabama Local Information". TurkReno, Inc. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-07-09. "Daphne, located within a part of the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, currently serves as the main base of operations for TurkReno. We take great pride in our city."
- Census Gazetteer, 2010, webpage: .
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "The City of Daphne, Alabama". Retrieved 10 30 2008.
- "Various Historical Compilations about Baldwin County, Alabama". Baldwin County Alabama. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- Scott, Florence; Scott, Richard (1968). Daphne. Mobile, Alabama: Jordan Publishing Company. p. 188.
- Henderson, Russ (2008-02-19). "Daphne council approves smoking ban". al.com. Press-Register. Retrieved February 19, 2008.
- "Daphne City Council". www.daphneal.com. Retrieved 11-5-2010.
- Pacey, Lesley (2000-01-11). "Civic Center use: Collins wants cost study". Mobile Press-Register. p. 11. "With the paint still fresh on the city's new $6 million Civic Center, Daphne leaders are being inundated with requests from organizations who want to use the facility for free."
- City of Daphne Official website