Wilton, Alabama

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Wilton, Alabama
Town
Location in Shelby County and the state of Alabama
Location in Shelby County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°4′54″N 86°52′46″W / 33.08167°N 86.87944°W / 33.08167; -86.87944
Country United States
State Alabama
County Shelby
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 397 ft (121 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 580
 • Density 725/sq mi (263.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35187
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-82872
GNIS feature ID 0154006

Wilton, also known by the previous names of Birmingham Junction, Bismark, and Catoosa, is a town in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. This town is part of the Birmingham–Hoover–Cullman Combined Statistical Area. At the 2000 census the population was 580.

History[edit]

Wilton was originally known as Birmingham Junction, in reference to when the Southern Railroad was joined here with the Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad. It was next known as Bismark, in honor of Otto von Bismark. Next, the community was known as Catoosa, in honor of Catoosa County, Georgia. Finally, the town went by Wilton, in honor of Wilton, England. [1] One structure in Wilton, the Woods-Cleveland-Cooling House is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.[2]

Geography[edit]

Wilton is located at 33°4′54″N 86°52′46″W / 33.08167°N 86.87944°W / 33.08167; -86.87944 (33.081799, -86.879458).[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 580 people, 222 households, and 166 families residing in the town. The population density was 697.1 people per square mile (269.8/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 304.1 per square mile (117.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.28% White, 23.62% Black or African American, 0.86% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 2.07% from two or more races. 3.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 222 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 102.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,750, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $30,893 versus $20,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,056. About 9.4% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foscue, Virginia (1989). Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press. p. 149. ISBN 0-8173-0410-X. 
  2. ^ "Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage". Alabama Historical Commission. www.preserveala.org. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  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. 

Coordinates: 33°04′54″N 86°52′46″W / 33.081799°N 86.879458°W / 33.081799; -86.879458