New Hope, Alabama

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New Hope
New Hope, Alabama
New Hope's Main Street running through downtown
New Hope's Main Street running through downtown
Location in Madison County and the state of Alabama
Location in Madison County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°32′17″N 86°24′44″W / 34.53806°N 86.41222°W / 34.53806; -86.41222
Country United States
State Alabama
County Madison
 • Total 8.7 sq mi (22.6 km2)
 • Land 8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 581 ft (177 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,810
 • Estimate (2013)[2] 2,799
 • Density 325/sq mi (125.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC–6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC–5)
ZIP code 35760
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-54168
GNIS feature ID 0155171

New Hope is a city in Madison County, Alabama, United States, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,810.


Originally named Cloud's Town in 1829 by its founder, William Cloud, it was incorporated in 1832 under the name of Vienna. Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Reed of the 12th Indiana Cavalry seized the town on May 29, 1864, during the American Civil War. Vienna was burned by the Union Army on December 15, 1864 because of the constant skirmishes with the guerrilla fighters in the area. All that remained were the post office and Masonic Lodge.[3] Since there was already a post office called Vienna in southern Alabama and rules were that there could not be two post offices with the same name at that time, the rebuilt city was incorporated in 1883 as New Hope, taking its name from the New Hope Methodist Church. The settlement known as Cloud's Town was actually settled in what is now known as Cloud's Cove just off Hobbs Island Road and is a few miles from the town of New Hope.



New Hope is located at 34°32′17″N 86°24′44″W / 34.53806°N 86.41222°W / 34.53806; -86.41222 (34.538194, −86.412129).[4]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.7 square miles (22.6 km2), of which 8.6 square miles (22.4 km2) are land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.66%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 953
1970 1,300 36.4%
1980 1,546 18.9%
1990 2,248 45.4%
2000 2,539 12.9%
2010 2,810 10.7%
Est. 2013 2,799 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[2]
Butler's Store, which now serves as New Hope's City Hall, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 31, 1992.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,539 people, 1,033 households, and 729 families residing in the city. The population density was 287.6 people per square mile (111.0/km²). There were 1,124 housing units at an average density of 127.3 per square mile (49.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.80% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 1.81% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.67% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,033 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,458, and the median income for a family was $39,427. Males had a median income of $30,852 versus $20,263 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,655. About 8.2% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives[edit]


Coordinates: 34°32′17″N 86°24′44″W / 34.538194°N 86.412129°W / 34.538194; -86.412129