Valley Grande, Alabama
|Dallas County and the state of Alabama|
|Country||United States of America|
|• Type||Mayor-council government|
|• Mayor||Wayne Labbe|
|• Total||33.8 sq mi (88 km2)|
|Elevation||259 ft (79 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||36701, 36703|
|GNIS feature ID||2405635|
Valley Grande is a city in Dallas County, Alabama, United States, just north of Selma. Incorporated in early 2003, Valley Grande is governed by a mayor-council form of government. The population was 4,020 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.
Valley Grande encompasses the historic community of Summerfield. Established in 1819 as Valley Creek, the town was renamed Summerfield in 1845 to honor the famous Methodist preacher John Summerfield. In 1829, the first academy in Dallas County was chartered in Valley Creek. In 1842, the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church opened the Methodist Centenary Institute, a coeducational institution chartered by the Alabama Legislature on January 2, 1841. At its peak, Summerfield was a very prosperous community of planters, doctors, merchants, ministers, and educators. The historical core of Summerfield has survived intact and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places with a historic district encompassing 56.12 acres (227,100 m2).
Valley Grande is located at 32.486872, -87.032773.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,020 people, 1,559 households, and 1,173 families residing in the city. The population density was 118.9 people per square mile (45.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.2% White, 23% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races.
There were 1,559 households, out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 34.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,432, and the median income for a family was $64,461. Males had a median income of $42,456 versus $37,722 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,767. About 8.7% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
The city government is composed of a mayor and five at-large council members. Election results from the 2012 Municipal Election are as follows:
- Mayor: Wayne Labbe
- Place 1: Tim White
- Place 2: Ronald Sawyer
- Place 3: Donna Downs
- Place 4: Jane Craig
- Place 5: Kenneth Martin
Residents are zoned to schools in Dallas County Schools. Valley Grande Elementary School and Martin Middle School, within the city, serve the county. Most area high school aged residents attend Dallas County High School, located in Plantersville, a nearby unincorporated area.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Valley Grande, Alabama. Retrieved on 2011-06-18.
- "Valley Grande AL". ZIP Code Lookup. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- 2010 Census
- "Schools." City of Valley Grande. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
- "Valley Grande Map." City of Valley Grande. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.