Guin, Alabama

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Guin, Alabama
Nickname(s): "Community of good living since 1889."
Motto: "Come experience the charm and friendliness of the Deep South"
Location in Marion County and the state of Alabama
Location in Marion County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°58′23″N 87°55′0″W / 33.97306°N 87.91667°W / 33.97306; -87.91667
Country United States
State Alabama
County Marion
 • Total 12.5 sq mi (32.3 km2)
 • Land 12.5 sq mi (32.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,389
 • Density 191.1/sq mi (74/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35563
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-32224
GNIS feature ID 0154458

Guin is a city in Marion County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 2,389. On July 13, 2010, the citizens of Guin voted to become the first city in Marion County, since Prohibition, to allow the sale of alcohol.

On April 3, 1974, Guin was devastated by an F5 tornado during the Super Outbreak, the second-largest tornado outbreak on record. The death toll in Guin was 23.


Guin is located at 33°58′23″N 87°55′0″W / 33.97306°N 87.91667°W / 33.97306; -87.91667 (33.973135, -87.916711).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.5 square miles (32 km2), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,389 people, 1,027 households, and 666 families residing in the city. The population density was 191.5 people per square mile (74.0/km²). There were 1,168 housing units at an average density of 93.6 per square mile (36.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.69% White, 11.85% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,027 households out of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,618, and the median income for a family was $35,174. Males had a median income of $31,019 versus $21,316 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,690. About 19.2% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.


Guin is a part of the Marion County School system. Marion County High School houses grades 7-12. MCHS is the oldest high school in the county. Guin Elementary School hosts grades K-6.


As many small towns and cities in the Southeastern United States do, the city of Guin takes great pride in their high school athletics. Their mascot is a Red Raider, with their colors being red and white. In 2011, their football team won the AHSAA (Alabama High School Athletics Association) Class 1A Football championship. In 2012, they were the runner up in the AHSAA 1A Championship. Guin also won the Class 1A Football championship in 1971, 1972, and 1973.

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  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 33°58′23″N 87°55′00″W / 33.973135°N 87.916711°W / 33.973135; -87.916711