Wedowee, Alabama

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Wedowee, Alabama
Location in Randolph County and the state of Alabama
Location in Randolph County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°18′31″N 85°29′8″W / 33.30861°N 85.48556°W / 33.30861; -85.48556
Country United States
State Alabama
County Randolph
 • Total 3.5 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 • Land 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 856 ft (261 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 818
 • Density 233.7/sq mi (88.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36278
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-80496
GNIS feature ID 0153913

Wedowee is a town in Randolph County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 818. The city is the county seat of Randolph County.[1]


Wedowee, which means "old water" in the Creek language, derives its name from a Muscogee Creek Indian chief. Wedowee was originally settled in the 1830s. It became the county seat of Randolph County in 1835.

Wedowee's recent popularity has come as the result of Lake Wedowee created by the impoundment of the Tallapoosa River. Also known as the R. L. Harris Reservoir, the lake draws thousands of visitors to Wedowee every year. [2]


Wedowee is located on the Piedmont Plateau and considered part of the Appalachians foothills.

Wedowee is located at 33°18′31″N 85°29′8″W / 33.30861°N 85.48556°W / 33.30861; -85.48556 (33.308603, -85.485447).[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), of which 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.85%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 818 people, 337 households, and 200 families residing in the town. The population density was 233.4 people per square mile (90.0/km²). There were 378 housing units at an average density of 107.8 per square mile (41.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 68.70% White, 30.20% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.24% from two or more races. 0.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 337 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% 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 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,136, and the median income for a family was $37,292. Males had a median income of $24,250 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,638. About 17.1% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ Small Town Historic Markers, Alabama Tourism Department, retrieved 2011-02-02 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Alabama Governors -- William Hugh Smith, Alabama Department of Archives and History, retrieved 2011-03-24 

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Coordinates: 33°18′31″N 85°29′08″W / 33.308603°N 85.485447°W / 33.308603; -85.485447