Rockford, Alabama

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Rockford, Alabama
Town
Rockford, Alabama in 2011.
Rockford, Alabama in 2011.
Location in Coosa County and the state of Alabama
Location in Coosa County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°53′17″N 86°13′10″W / 32.88806°N 86.21944°W / 32.88806; -86.21944
Country United States
State Alabama
County Coosa
Area
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 738 ft (225 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 428
 • Density 129.7/sq mi (49.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35136
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-65472
GNIS feature ID 0153189

Rockford is a town in Coosa County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 477. The town is the county seat of Coosa County and is part of the Talladega-Sylacauga Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The Coosa County Courthouse is located in Rockford which is the county seat of Coosa County.
The old Coosa County Jailhouse is located in Rockford. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 20, 1974.

Coosa County was created by an act of the Alabama State Legislature on December 18, 1832 and a site on Hatchet Creek was chosen as the county seat and given the name Lexington. In 1835 the name was changed to Rockford.[1]

Geography[edit]

Rockford is located at 32°53′17″N 86°13′10″W / 32.88806°N 86.21944°W / 32.88806; -86.21944 (32.888181, -86.219575).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) of which 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) is land and 0.30% is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 428 people, 189 households, and 113 families residing in the town.[4] The population density was 129.6 inhabitants per square mile (50.0 /km2). There were 226 housing units at an average density of 68.5 per square mile (26.4 /km2).[3] The racial makeup of the town was 65.65% White, 32.48% Black or African American, 0.23% Pacific Islander, and 1.64% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[4]

There were 189 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.9% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.81.[4]

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.[4]

The median income for a household in the town was $20,000, and the median income for a family was $32,125. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,031 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,350. About 24.3% of families and 24.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.[4]

Education[edit]

Public education in Rockford is provided by the Coosa County Board of Education. There are four schools located in Rockford: Central High School (grades 9 through 12), Central Middle School (grades 5 through 8), Central Elementary School (grades (K through 4), and Coosa County Science and Technology Center (grades 9 through 12).

Fred the Town Dog[edit]

In 1993, a sick and bedraggled dog wandered into Rockford. The animal was called "Fred" and was nursed back to health by town residents. For the next ten years, Fred was the town mascot.

Fred gained popularity through a regular newspaper column, "A Dog's Life," about his activities and encounters, and then national recognition after he was profiled on cable TV's Animal Planet.

Fred died on December 23, 2002 in a Birmingham animal hospital, from a mysterious animal bite. He was buried behind the town's old jailhouse. A full-size grave marker, donated by a Montgomery businessman, was added in May, 2003. Fred was inducted into the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association Animal Hall of Fame in 2004.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoskins Morton, Patricia (December 10, 2009). "Coosa County". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Comparison Table- Alabama". American Fast Facts. United States Census Bureau. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Fact Sheet- Rockford town, Alabama". American Fast Facts. United States Census Bureau. 
  5. ^ "Fred the Town Dog". RoadsideAmerican.com. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 

Coordinates: 32°53′17″N 86°13′10″W / 32.888181°N 86.219575°W / 32.888181; -86.219575