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|Motto: "A Great Place to Call Home."|
Location in Cleburne County and the state of Alabama
|• Type||City Council/Mayor|
|• Mayor||Rudy Rooks|
|• Total||12 sq mi (31.1 km2)|
|• Land||11.8 sq mi (30.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|Elevation||961 ft (293 m)|
|• Density||250.2/sq mi (96.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0159746|
Heflin was first settled in 1882 as a station on the railroad line from Atlanta. The town quickly grew and was incorported in 1886. Until 1905, the County Seat of Cleburne County had been located at Edwardsville. In 1905 an election was held to move the County Seat from Edwardsville to Heflin. The election results favored Heflin and were appealed to and upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court on July 1, 1906.
Heflin is located at 33°38'37.514" North, 85°34'57.724" West (33.643754, −85.582701).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which, 11.8 square miles (31 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.50%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,002 people, 1,218 households, and 824 families residing in the city. The population density was 254.0 people per square mile (98.1/km²). There were 1,330 housing units at an average density of 112.5 per square mile (43.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.88% White, 11.83% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,218 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,398, and the median income for a family was $38,600. Males had a median income of $29,545 versus $20,676 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,452. About 11.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over...
Public education is provided in Heflin by the Cleburne County Board of Education. Public schools in Heflin include:
- Cleburne County High School (grades 8 through 12)
- Cleburne County Career Technical School (grades 9 through 12)
- Cleburne County Middle School (grades 5 through 7)
- Cleburne County Elementary School (grades K through 6)
- Pleasant Grove Elementary School (grades K through 6)
- Radio stations
- WKNG-FM 89.1 FM (Southern Gospel /Worship Music)
- WPIL 91.7 FM (Southern Gospel/Classic Country/Bluegrass)
- Cleburne News (weekly)
- Paul D. Adams – A Commanding General of the Third United States Army
- Charlie Brown, former NFL and CFL player
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