Newbern, Alabama

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Newbern, Alabama
Location in Hale County and the state of Alabama
Location in Hale County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°35′41″N 87°32′8″W / 32.59472°N 87.53556°W / 32.59472; -87.53556
Country United States
State Alabama
County Hale
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 187 ft (57 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 231
 • Density 192.5/sq mi (77/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36765
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-53784
GNIS feature ID 0152687

Newbern is a town in Hale County, Alabama, United States. 2009 census estimates placed the population at 222. It is part of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. The community was named for New Bern, North Carolina. It is in the Central Standard Time Zone.


Newbern is located at 32°35′41″N 87°32′8″W / 32.59472°N 87.53556°W / 32.59472; -87.53556 (32.594818, -87.535431).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.

The Town sits in a geographic region known as the Black Belt.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 231 people, 91 households, and 59 families residing in the town. The population density was 198.5 people per square mile (76.9/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 94.5 per square mile (36.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 22.94% White and 77.06% Black or African American.

There were 91 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples living together, 25.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,682, and the median income for a family was $31,042. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $11,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,476. About 17.5% of families and 31.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 33.3% of those sixty five or over.

Notable residents[edit]

In the Antebellum South, Henry Watson, Jr. (1810-1891) owned a cotton plantation in Newbern.[3]

One of Newbern's oldest residents was Charles Adams, a black man born in 1903. He and his wife joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He later served in the branch presidency and as elders quorum president. He was serving in the later capacity in 2006 when 102.[4] Adams died on April 21, 2009.

Frank Allen, a former Major League Baseball player was from Newbern.

Anthony Bryant, a current player in the NFL, is from Newbern.

Newbern is also home to the Auburn University's Rural Studio.


  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. 
  3. ^ G. Ward Hubbs, Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2003, pp. 68-69 [1]
  4. ^ Genesis Group article on Adams

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Coordinates: 32°35′41″N 87°32′08″W / 32.594818°N 87.535431°W / 32.594818; -87.535431