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|Nickname(s): "The Forward City"|
|Motto: "The Heart Of The American Riviera"|
Location in Baldwin County and the state of Alabama
|• Mayor||John Koniar|
|• Total||25.9 sq mi (67.03 km2)|
|• Land||25.8 sq mi (66.73 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (.34 km2)|
|Elevation||79 ft (24 m)|
|• Density||530.8/sq mi (205.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0118464|
Foley is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 14,618. Foley is a principal city of the Daphne–Fairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Baldwin County.
Foley was named for its founder, John B. Foley of Chicago. As Foley was traveling to President McKinley's funeral in 1901, he met a railroad agent who told him of the area in South Baldwin County. Foley came down the following year, and he liked what he saw and bought up between 40,000 acres (160 km2) and 50,000 acres (200 km2) of land. He then returned to Chicago and formed the Magnolia Land Company. As he began to sell off acreage, he realized the need for a better way for the people to come to Foley. Foley used some of his own money to lay the rails so the train could come from Bay Minette. The first railroad station was built in 1905. The original station burned in 1908 and was replaced the following year by the station that is now the City's museum. John Foley donated parcels of land for a school and churches. The first train to service Foley was a wood burner called the "Pine Knot Special." It would leave Foley in the morning and make a return trip in the afternoon. As people cleared the land, they would place liter knots in a wood box for the engineer to use as was needed. Foley was incorporated in 1915 with G. I. Weatherly serving as its first mayor.
Foley is located at 30°24'20.138" North, 87°40'53.432" West (30.405594, -87.681509).
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,590 people, 3,126 households, and 2,106 families residing in the city. The population density was 531.5 people per square mile (205.2/km²). There were 3,468 housing units at an average density of 242.8 per square mile (93.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.49% White, 21.86% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 4.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,126 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,596, and the median income for a family was $38,427. Males had a median income of $28,523 versus $20,660 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,364. About 7.1% of families and 0.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Foley High School (9-12)
- Foley Middle School (7-8)
- Foley Intermediate School (5-6)
- Foley Elementary School (K-4)
Foley Public Library
The Foley Public Library has in excess of 50,000 volumes, internet computers, children's reading programs and public meeting rooms for civic organizations.
Points of interest
The City of Foley Antique Rose Trail features over five hundred varieties of fragrant roses.
- Justin Anderson, professional football linebacker
- Julio Jones, former wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide and current wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons
- Everett A. Kelly, member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1982
- Robert Lester, professional football defensive back
- Ken Stabler, former quarterback for the Oakland Raiders (1970–79), and quarterback for the Houston Oilers (1980–81), and for the New Orleans Saints from (1982–84)
- Chris Watton, former professional football offensive lineman
The City of Foley Museum & Archives and Model Train Exhibit is located in a restored train depot from the early 1900s. It holds archives for the City of Foley as well as railroad memorabilia.
The Foley Golf Course is an eighteen hole course and the only golf course in foley.
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