Grove Hill, Alabama

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Grove Hill, Alabama
Clarke County Courthouse in Grove Hill
Clarke County Courthouse in Grove Hill
Location in Clarke County and the state of Alabama
Location in Clarke County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°42′22″N 87°46′27″W / 31.70611°N 87.77417°W / 31.70611; -87.77417
Country United States
State Alabama
County Clarke
 • Type Mayor/Council
 • Mayor Jerry Newton
 • Total 5 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Land 5 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 505 ft (154 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 1,570
 • Density 316.0/sq mi (122.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36451
Area code(s) 251
FIPS code 01-32080
GNIS feature ID 0155087

Grove Hill is a town in Clarke County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,570.[1] It is the county seat of Clarke County and home of the Clarke County Museum.


The area that is now Grove Hill was originally inhabited by Creek and Choctaw Indians. The county seat of Clarke County was established at what later became Grove Hill in 1832 as the spot was most central to the rest of the county. Known variously as Smithville, then Macon, the name Grove Hill was selected around 1850 for the large grove of oak trees on the plateau. The town was officially incorporated and chartered in 1929.[2] In 1853, a yellow fever epidemic struck the town, killing many residents, almost wiping out the town.[3]

The Grove Hill area has numerous sites on the National Register of Historic Places including the Alston-Cobb House, Bush House, John A. Coate House, Cobb House, Dickinson House, Fort Sinquefield, and the Grove Hill Courthouse Square Historic District.[4]


Grove Hill is located at 31°42'22.093" North, 87°46'27.386" West (31.706137, -87.774274).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.[1]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,438 people, 582 households, and 387 families residing in the town.[6] The population density was 289.6 inhabitants per square mile (111.8/km2). There were 684 housing units at an average density of 137.8 per square mile (53.2/km2).[7] The racial makeup of the town was 61.96% White, 37.27% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.21% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[6]

There were 582 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% 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 2.99.[6]

In the town the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.6 males.[6]


Public Educationis provided by the Clarke County School System. Located in Grove Hill are Clarke County High School (grades 9 through 12), Wilson Hall Middle School (grades 5 through 8), and Grove Hill Elementary School (grades K though 4).

There is one private school in Grove Hill. Clarke Prep School provides education for grades K through 12.


Radio station[edit]

WBMH 106.1 FM (Classic Country)

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "The Grove Hill Area Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Owen, Thomas McAdory; Marie Bankhead Owen (1921). History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 1. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 716. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Fact Sheet- Grove Hill town, Alabama". American Fast Facts. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Geographic Comparison Table -Alabama". American Fast Facts. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Barfield back in hometown
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  10. ^ "Grant Gillis". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 

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Coordinates: 31°42′22″N 87°46′27″W / 31.706137°N 87.774274°W / 31.706137; -87.774274