Location in Elmore County and the state of Alabama
|• Total||4.2 sq mi (11.1 km2)|
|• Land||4.2 sq mi (11 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||581 ft (177 m)|
|• Density||246.9/sq mi (93.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0117848|
Eclectic is located at .(32.641285, -86.038571)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.2 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.17%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,037 people, 409 households, and 280 families residing in the town. The population density was 244.7 people per square mile (94.4/km2). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 108.3 per square mile (41.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 78.11% White, 19.19% Black or African American, 0.96% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.87% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 409 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,906, and the median income for a family was $31,855. Males had a median income of $29,554 versus $18,162 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,131. About 20.5% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 23.4% of those age 65 or over.
The town of Eclectic was incorporated in 1907, and celebrated its centennial season in August 2007, though the community itself is older. The word "eclectic" is defined as "being composed of elements drawn from various sources", and tradition has it that the town was named by a local physician who practiced eclectic medicine and so named the town because of the various surrounding geographic areas. Another theory is that the name is a corruption of "Electric", the name by which Eclectic was marked on some late 19th century maps of Alabama. Eclectic post office was established in 1879, before which the community was known as Cotton or Cotton's Store on maps (Cotton being the surname of the merchant and postmaster and not a reference to the crop). Prior to its settlement by European and/or African people, on the site of this town was the Creek Indian village called "Tumkeehatchee".
- Ben Grubbs, grew up in Eclectic. He played college football at Auburn University, and is currently an offensive guard for the New Orleans Saints.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Helbock, Richard W. (2007) United States Post Offices, Volume VIII - The Southeast, p. 76. Scappoose, Oregon: La Posta Publications