Brent, Alabama

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Brent, Alabama
City
Motto: Proven by Tempest
Location in Bibb County and the state of Alabama
Location in Bibb County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°56′24″N 87°10′29″W / 32.94000°N 87.17472°W / 32.94000; -87.17472
Country United States
State Alabama
County Bibb
Government
 • Mayor Dennis Stripling
Area
 • Total 8.8 sq mi (22.8 km2)
 • Land 8.8 sq mi (22.7 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 240 ft (73 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,947
 • Density 564/sq mi (217.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35034
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-09136
GNIS feature ID 0159248
Website www.cityofbrentalabama.com

Brent is a city in Bibb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 4,947.[1]

History[edit]

Brent was founded in 1898 along the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad line in the southern portion of Bibb County, named after surveyor Brent H. Armstrong. The community was incorporated in 1913.[2]

On May 27, 1973, Brent was almost completely destroyed by an F4 tornado during an outbreak of violent weather in the Deep South, killing 5 people and injuring 56 in the area. The tornado was on the ground for 139 miles (224 km), currently the longest track to date in Alabama history, beginning just northeast of Demopolis in Hale County and eventually dissipating at Cheaha Mountain in Clay County.[3] Adjacent Centreville received significant damage as well as locations in nearby counties.[2][4] Brent was able to be rebuilt.

Geography[edit]

Brent is located near the center of Bibb County at 32°56'24.864" North, 87°10'29.935" West (32.940240, -87.174982).[5] It lies in the Cahaba River valley and is adjacent to the city of Centreville, the county seat. U.S. Route 82 passes through the northern part of town, bypassing the town center, and leads northwest 32 miles (51 km) to Tuscaloosa and southeast 73 miles (117 km) to Montgomery, the state capital.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brent has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.8 km2), of which 8.8 square miles (22.7 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.34%, is water.[1]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brent has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 386
1930 586 51.8%
1940 829 41.5%
1950 1,100 32.7%
1960 1,879 70.8%
1970 2,093 11.4%
1980 2,862 36.7%
1990 2,776 −3.0%
2000 4,024 45.0%
2010 4,947 22.9%
Est. 2015 4,898 [7] −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2013 Estimate[9]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 4,947 people, 1,178 households, and 788 families residing in the city. The population density was 564 people per square mile (217.6/km2). There were 1,323 housing units at an average density of 150.3 per square mile (58.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.5% Black or African American, 45.1% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. 2.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,178 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 15.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 39.4% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.2 years. For every 100 females there were 209.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 278.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,044, and the median income for a family was $42,440. Males had a median income of $43,211 versus $22,010 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,799. About 14.9% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 38.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Brent is governed via the mayor-council system. The city council consists of five members each elected from single member districts. The mayor is elected by the entire city.[citation needed]

The Alabama Department of Corrections operates the Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent.[11]

The United States Postal Service operates the Brent Post Office.[12]

Transportation[edit]

Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines.[13]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Brent city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b City of Brent - History, Retrieved Feb. 3, 2016.
  3. ^ NOAA, Long Track F-4 Tornado - Hale, Bibb, Perry, Shelby, Talladega and Clay Counties, May 27, 1973, Retrieved Feb. 3, 2016.
  4. ^ The Brent Tornado 1973: A Time To Remember, A Red Letter Day by John Brasher, Retrieved Feb. 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Brent, Alabama
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  11. ^ "Bibb Correctional Facility." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
  12. ^ "Post Office™ Location - BRENT Archived June 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
  13. ^ Brent, AL Greyhound Station Intercity Bus Service
  14. ^ Carol Crown; Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (2004). Coming Home!: Self-taught Artists, the Bible, and the American South. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-57806-659-9. 

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Coordinates: 32°56′25″N 87°10′30″W / 32.94024°N 87.174982°W / 32.94024; -87.174982