Fyffe, Alabama

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Fyffe, Alabama
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Alabama
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°26′48″N 85°54′23″W / 34.44667°N 85.90639°W / 34.44667; -85.90639Coordinates: 34°26′48″N 85°54′23″W / 34.44667°N 85.90639°W / 34.44667; -85.90639
Country United States
State Alabama
County DeKalb
 • Total 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Land 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,289 ft (393 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 971
 • Density 220.7/sq mi (85.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35971
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-28672
GNIS feature ID 0150246
Website http://www.fyffecitylimits.com/

Fyffe is a town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,018. Fyffe is located on top of Sand Mountain. An EF4 tornado struck this city on April 27, 2011. It touched down in Lakeview initially causing structural damage to small buildings and snapping trees. It grew in intensity causing major structural damage to several homes and buildings before moving on to Rainsville, Alabama where its damage was even more extensive.


Fyffe is located at 34°26′49″N 85°54′24″W / 34.446899°N 85.906590°W / 34.446899; -85.906590.[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 230
1970 311 35.2%
1980 1,305 319.6%
1990 1,094 −16.2%
2000 971 −11.2%
2010 1,018 4.8%
Est. 2013 1,027 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]
2013 Estimate[3]

As of the 2010 census Fyffe had a population of 1,018. There were 418 households. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 93.7% non-Hispanic white, 0.3% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.1% from some other race, 2.5% from two or more races and 1.3% Hispanic or Latino or any race.[4]

As of 2000, there are 971 people, 411 households, and 286 families residing in the town. The population density is 220.5 inhabitants per square mile (85.2/km²). There are 458 housing units at an average density of 40.2 persons/km² (104.0 persons/mi²). The racial make-up of the town is 94.03% White, 0.93% African American, 1.24% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. 1.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 411 households out of which 30.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% are married couples living together, 11.4% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 30.2% are non-families. 28.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.36 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the town the population is spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $30,298, and the median income for a family is $31,908. Males have a median income of $30,385 versus $18,636 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,713. 21.6% of the population and 13.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 33.6% are under the age of 18 and 19.9% are 65 or older.

The town of Fyffe was the location of UFO sightings on Friday and Saturday, February 11–12, 1989. More than fifty people (at a time when the town of less than two thousand residents) called the Fyffe Police Department to report sightings on two separate occasions.[5] This was later discussed and ridiculed by late comedian Bill Hicks on his album (and video) "Relentless".[6]

As a way of remembering the UFO sightings, Fyffe is home to an annual UFO (Unforgettable Family Outing) Festival every August and features hot air balloon rides available to the public as well as musical entertainment and outdoor games.[7]

Fyffe has a Mayor/Council form of government.


Fyffe High School, home of the Red Devils, is a member of the DeKalb County School System.

Notable people[edit]

  • Vestal Goodman, Southern Gospel artist, founding member of the Happy Goodman Family
  • Lowell Barron, Politician
  • Charlie Long, former professional football player
  • Ronnie Haushalter (217-143) while coaching at Fyffe. Coach Ronnie Haushalter coached 3 undefeated regular season teams, won 8 area titles, and led Fyffe to the Quarterfinals in 1984 and 1986. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • Paul Benefield Coach Benefield is the current head coach of the Fyffe Red Devil football team. Since 1997, under the leadership of Coach Paul Benefield, the Fyffe Red Devils have made a state playoff appearance every year except 2000, won 10 Region Championships, and took Fyffe to the Semi-Finals two times along with a State Championship appearance. Coach Benefield was named “Coach of the Year” by Alabama Sports Writer in 2007. Benefield Is 217- 50 at Fyffe


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