Mount Vernon, Alabama

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Mount Vernon, Alabama
Location in Mobile County and the state of Alabama
Location in Mobile County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°5′35″N 88°0′40″W / 31.09306°N 88.01111°W / 31.09306; -88.01111
Country United States
State Alabama
County Mobile
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 30 ft (9 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 844
 • Density 444.2/sq mi (172.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36560
Area code(s) 251
FIPS code 01-52608
GNIS feature ID 0158031

Mount Vernon is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States. It is included in the Mobile metropolitan statistical area. At the 2000 census the population was 844.


Mount Vernon is located at 31°5′35″N 88°0′40″W / 31.09306°N 88.01111°W / 31.09306; -88.01111 (31.093170, -88.011209).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) of it is land and 0.53% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 844 people, 333 households, and 228 families residing in the town. The population density was 446.4 people per square mile (172.4/km²). There were 395 housing units at an average density of 208.9 per square mile (80.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 45.38% White, 52.96% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 333 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,861, and the median income for a family was $36,786. Males had a median income of $30,347 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,551. About 19.8% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.9% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.


The city is served by the Mobile County Public School System.

The city's sole public school is the E.T.Belsaw/Mt. Vernon School, which covers grades Kindergarten through 8. High schoolers go on to Citronelle High School in Citronelle.

Historic Areas in and around Mt. Vernon[edit]

Mt. Vernon is home to a historic psychiatric hospital, Searcy Hospital, formerly the site of the Mount Vernon Arsenal.

A land marker used for surveying land known as "Ellicott's Stone" lies south of the town.


  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. 

Coordinates: 31°05′35″N 88°00′40″W / 31.09317°N 88.011209°W / 31.09317; -88.011209