Greensboro, Alabama

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Main Street in Greensboro, Alabama.
Main Street in Greensboro, Alabama.
Location in Hale County and the state of Alabama
Location in Hale County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°42′8″N 87°35′46″W / 32.70222°N 87.59611°W / 32.70222; -87.59611
Country United States
State Alabama
County Hale
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,731
 • Density 1,137.9/sq mi (440.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36744
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-31720
GNIS feature ID 0157974

Greensboro is a city in Hale County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 2,731. The city is the county seat of Hale County. It is part of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Magnolia Hall, also known as the McCrary-Otts House, on Otts Street

Greensboro was incorporated as a town in December 1823 as Greensborough. It was named in honor of American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene.[1] The name was soon simplified to Greensboro. The community was known as Troy prior to incorporation.[2] Several sites on the National Register of Historic Places are in or near Greensboro. These include Glencairn, the Greensboro Historic District, Magnolia Grove, the McGehee-Stringfellow House, Millwood, and the Payne House.[3]


Greensboro is located at 32°42′8″N 87°35′46″W / 32.70222°N 87.59611°W / 32.70222; -87.59611 (32.702340, -87.596216).[4]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) are land and 0.42% is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,731 people, 1,026 households, and 688 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,146.5 people per square mile (443.0/km²). There were 1,142 housing units at an average density of 479.4 per square mile (185.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 38.30% White, 60.89% Black or African American, 0.04% Native American, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Church Street

There were 1,026 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.1% were married couples living together, 27.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,930, and the median income for a family was $28,990. Males had a median income of $36,071 versus $23,224 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,271. About 27.2% of families and 35.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.1% of those under age 18 and 26.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Farquhar Cattle Ranch, a former Alabama Department of Corrections facility for men,[6] was in an unincorporated area of Hale County, about 8 miles (13 km) east of Greensboro.[7]

Notable people[edit]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Greensboro has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 144. 
  2. ^ Hubbs, G. Ward (2003). Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. pp. 10–12. ISBN 0-8203-2505-8. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Farquhar Cattle Ranch" (Archive). Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on June 17, 2014. "Street Address: 1132 County Rd. 73 Greensboro, AL 36744"
  7. ^ "Crime Beat" (Archive). Tuscaloosa News. Monday April 9, 2012. Retrieved on June 17, 2014.
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Greensboro, Alabama

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Coordinates: 32°42′08″N 87°35′46″W / 32.70234°N 87.596216°W / 32.70234; -87.596216