Luverne in 2012
|Nickname(s): "Friendliest City in the South"|
Location in Crenshaw County and the state of Alabama
|Incorporated||February 6, 1891|
|Founded by||M.P. Legrand, S.D. Hubbard, and George A. Folmar|
|• Type||Mayor/City Council|
|• Mayor||Joe Rex Sport|
|• Total||15.7 sq mi (40.6 km2)|
|• Land||15.6 sq mi (40.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||354 ft (108 m)|
|• Density||179/sq mi (69.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0122110|
Luverne is a city in Crenshaw County, Alabama, United States. The community bills itself as "The Friendliest City in the South". At the 2010 census the population was 2,800. The city is the county seat of Crenshaw County.
The town of Luverne was founded in 1889 in the central part of Crenshaw County with the intention of becoming the terminus of the Montgomery and Florida Railroad Company. The new station was a success and Luverne grew. In 1893, the citizens of Crenshaw County voted to move the county seat from Rutledge to the more populous Luverne.
Luverne is located at  The town of Rutledge lies along Luverne's western border..
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,635 people, 1,107 households, and 710 families residing in the city. The population density was 212.7 inhabitants per square mile (82.1/km2). There were 1,249 housing units at an average density of 100.8 per square mile (38.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.25% White, 28.43% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,107 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together (2.4% same-sex couples), 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 77.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,457, and the median income for a family was $30,950. Males had a median income of $30,680 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,244. About 19.2% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Primary and secondary education
Public education for the city of Luverne is provided by the Crenshaw County School District. There are two schools in the city: Luverne High School (grades K through 12) and Crenshaw Christian Academy, a private, religiously oriented K-12 school.
- Post-secondary education
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College offers certificate and two-year associate degrees at its Luverne location.
- Luverne Journal (weekly)
- Chester Adams, former American football guard
- Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, former member of the Florida House of Representatives
The Crenshaw County Courthouse in Luverne
The Luverne Historic District, bounded by 1st, 6th Streets, Legrande, Glenwood, Folmar, and Hawkins Avenues, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 14, 2005.
Luverne Post Office (ZIP code: 36049)
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