Location in DeKalb County and the state of Alabama
|• Total||4.9 sq mi (42.8 km2)|
|• Land||4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,132 ft (345 m)|
|• Density||189/sq mi (72.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0150466|
Powell is located at (34.533483, -85.894598).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 926 people, 318 households, and 220 families residing in the town. The population density was 187.3 people per square mile (72.2/km²). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 68.3 per square mile (26.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.63% White, 4.10% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 2.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 318 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the town the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $22,857, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $22,308 versus $17,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,399. About 19.6% of families and 31.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.5% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.