Hackleburg, Alabama

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Hackleburg, Alabama
Location in Marion County and the state of Alabama
Location in Marion County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°16′17″N 87°49′50″W / 34.27139°N 87.83056°W / 34.27139; -87.83056
Country United States
State Alabama
County Marion
 • Total 15.3 sq mi (39.7 km2)
 • Land 15.3 sq mi (39.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 938 ft (286 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,430
 • Density 99.8/sq mi (38.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35564
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-32560
GNIS feature ID 0119530

Hackleburg is a town in Marion County, Alabama. At the 2010 census its population was 1,430.


Hackleburg is located at 34°16′17″N 87°49′51″W / 34.27139°N 87.83083°W / 34.27139; -87.83083.[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.3 square miles (40 km2), all of it land.

Severe weather history[edit]

On April 27, 2011 Hackleburg suffered catastrophic damage when it was hit by an EF5 tornado – part of the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak – which killed 18 Hackleburg residents.[2][3] On May 2, the Red Cross declared the city 75 percent destroyed.[4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,527 people, 657 households, and 444 families residing in the town. The population density was 99.7 people per square mile (38.5/km²). There were 737 housing units at an average density of 48.1 per square mile (18.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.21% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.07% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 657 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,075, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $26,542 versus $20,739 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,239. About 10.8% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 25.8% of those age 65 or over.


Hackleburg is a part of the Marion County Schools district.

Hackleburg Elementary and High School's mascot is the Panther, and the school colors are Black and Gold.

The Marion County Board of Education is currently engaged in the multi-million dollar construction of a total K-12 academic complex in Hackleburg. The schools were destroyed by the tornado of April 27, 2011.


The 2003 and the 2004 Hackleburg High School baseball teams finished as runners-up in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state baseball tournament. The 2007 Hackleburg High School baseball team won the 1A State Championship in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state baseball tournament. It marked the first state championship in the school's history.[6] In December 2009 the High School football team became 1A State runners-up in the AHSAA football championship losing to the Brantley Bulldogs.[7]

Notable natives[edit]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Alabama storm death toll at 238". Montgomery Advertiser. www.montgomeryadvertiser.com. May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sentell, Jeff (May 12, 2011). "Hackleburg baseball team loses in quarterfinals, but tornado ravaged town's spirit still soars". al.com. www.al.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Ott, Tanya (May 3, 2011). "In Small Towns Hit By Twisters, 'You Feel Ignored'". NPR. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Perfect Ending". The Times Daily. 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  7. ^ "Brantley snuffs Hackleburg's title hopes". al.com. 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

Coordinates: 34°16′17″N 87°49′51″W / 34.27146°N 87.830826°W / 34.27146; -87.830826