River Falls, Alabama

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River Falls, Alabama
Town
Location in Covington County and the state of Alabama
Location in Covington County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°21′N 86°32′W / 31.350°N 86.533°W / 31.350; -86.533
Country United States
State Alabama
County Covington
Area
 • Total 7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)
 • Land 6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 526
 • Density 77/sq mi (29.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36476
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-64776
GNIS feature ID 0125660

River Falls is a town in Covington County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 526.[1]

Geography[edit]

River Falls is located 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Andalusia, the county seat, at 31°21′N 86°32′W / 31.350°N 86.533°W / 31.350; -86.533 (31.3519, -86.5367).[2] The town lies along the Conecuh River. A hydroelectric dam creating Point A Lake on the river is located at the northeast corner of the town. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km2), of which 6.8 square miles (17.7 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 3.67%, is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 616 people, 272 households, and 174 families residing in the town. The population density was 88.9 people per square mile (34.3/km²). There were 307 housing units at an average density of 44.3 per square mile (17.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 62.50% White, 36.04% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, and 0.81% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 272 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,838, and the median income for a family was $30,556. Males had a median income of $22,266 versus $20,469 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,016. About 14.3% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.

2012 mayoral scandal[edit]

The mayor of River Falls, Mary Ella Hickson, age 91, was accused in theft of $201,600 of public funds, during her mayorship. She served as mayor for more than 30 years. The court sentenced her to 10 years imprisonment, considering her advanced age, suspended for five years of implementation.[4]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 31°21′07″N 86°32′12″W / 31.3519°N 86.5367°W / 31.3519; -86.5367