|City of Northport |
A view of Downtown Northport
Location in Tuscaloosa County and the state of Alabama
|• Mayor||Bobby Herndon|
|• City||14.8 sq mi (38.5 km2)|
|• Land||14.6 sq mi (37.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|Elevation||220 ft (67 m)|
|• Density||1,313.2/sq mi (504.8/km2)|
|• Metro||233,389 (US: 192th)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||35473, 35475, 35476|
|GNIS feature ID||0152708|
Northport is a city in Tuscaloosa County in the west central part of the State of Alabama. Located on the Black Warrior River across from downtown Tuscaloosa, it is currently the 21st largest city in Alabama with an estimated population of 24,088 in 2012. It is part of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Northport is directly adjacent to the larger city of Tuscaloosa, and many residents work in Tuscaloosa or other parts of Tuscaloosa County. Although the two cities do share a land boundary, much of their boundary (and historically all of the boundary) is the Black Warrior River.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.9 square miles (39 km2), of which, 14.6 square miles (38 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.48%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 19,435 people, 7,844 households, and 5,255 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,328.3 people per square mile (512.9/km²). There were 8,509 housing units at an average density of 581.6 per square mile (224.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.11% White, 26.03% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 7,844 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,206, and the median income for a family was $48,673. Males had a median income of $41,008 versus $26,340 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,163. About 11.6% of families and 13.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
One of Northport's most notable cultural activities is the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Each year in October, hundreds of artists gather at Kentuck Park to showcase their work in front of thousands of visitors. The festival celebrates folk and contemporary art as well as traditional crafts. Potters, quilters, and basketmakers offer educational craft demonstrations throughout the weekend. And musical entertainment and culinary offerings are available.
Another longstanding tradition of Northport is Art Night, which is held on the first Thursday of each month. Many of Northport's art galleries open their doors after hours for this event and frequently art or craft demonstrations are offered. A bus system runs between downtown Northport and downtown Tuscaloosa as a collaboration with Tuscaloosa's Art and Soul event.
Dickens Downtown is held the first Tuesday in December. This annual holiday event attracts many thousands of participants to come and see the period setting of 19th-century England.
The Northport Heritage Museum houses a collection of artifacts and photographs that documents the history and evolution of the city.
- Frank Lary, born in Northport, major league baseball player
- Le'Ron McClain - Baltimore Ravens' 4th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
- Kendal Brown, a contestant on the 15th Cycle of America's Next Top Model.
- Perry Stone Jr, international Christian evangelist lived in Northport for a time. His wife Pam is from there.
- Code of Alabama 1975, Title 11, Chapter 40, Section 11-40-1
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012" (HTML). 2012 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012" (CSV). 2012 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) . The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th edition ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8.
- Official City Homepage
- Kentuck Festival of the Arts
- Friends of Historic Northport/Northport Heritage Museum