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Location in Escambia County and the state of Alabama
|• Mayor||Yank Lovelace|
|• Total||11.4 sq mi (29.7 km2)|
|• Land||11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||82 ft (25 m)|
|• Density||482.3/sq mi (185.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0157900|
Brewton is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 5,408. The city is the county seat of Escambia County. Brewton is located in south central Alabama, just north of the Florida Panhandle. Brewton has been voted one of the 100 best small towns in America.
In May 1861, the city of Brewton began as a train station under Edmund Troupe Bruton. The settlement was originally known as Newport when barges made runs to and from Pensacola, Florida on Murder Creek and Burnt Corn Creek before the installation of rail.
During the Civil War rail lines were severed, and small lumber mills were damaged or destroyed. However, after the war those who returned or arrived rebuilt the Brewton economy, began a school, and established small businesses. Into the 1870s a new European demand for lumber opened the way for creation of numerous timber and lumber operations. The Conecuh-Escambia river system became a timber artery to the Gulf.
Brewton was known in past times as "the richest little town in the South." Brewton's high per capita income was created by a small number of "timber barons," as they are remembered, who arrived at the end of the last century to cut pine and stayed to build extraordinary homes along Belleville and Evergreen avenues. These families include the McMillans and the Millers, many of whom still reside in the town.
Over time the county erected a series of courthouses. Brewton developed an education system that included public and private institutions, including Jefferson Davis Community College and T. R. Miller High School, named for Thomas Richard Miller, a local timber baron and town father who contributed money toward the building and opening of the school.
Brewton is located at (31.117706, -87.071164).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.3 square miles (29 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.22%) is water.
Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate). The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city was 109 °F (43 °C) on June 18, 1933, and the coldest temperature ever recorded was 3 °F (−16 °C) on January 21, 1985.
|Climate data for Brewton, Alabama (Brewton 3 SSE), 1981–2010 normals|
|Record high °F (°C)||87
|Average high °F (°C)||61.6
|Average low °F (°C)||35.7
|Record low °F (°C)||3
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||5.89
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||8.5||7.6||7.0||5.8||7.4||10.0||11.7||11.2||7.6||5.4||6.5||7.4||96.1|
|Source: NOAA (extremes 1926–present)|
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,498 people, 2,216 households, and 1,471 families residing in the city. The population density was 485.2 people per square mile (187.4/km2). There were 2,543 housing units at an average density of 224.4 per square mile (86.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.60% White or Caucasian, 40.23% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,216 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,234, and the median income for a family was $43,548. Males had a median income of $37,348 versus $20,212 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,185. About 12.6% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,408 people, 2,171 households, and 1,412 families residing in the city. The population density was 474.9 people per square mile (182.1/km2). There were 2,522 housing units at an average density of 221.2 per square mile (84.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 54.1% White or Caucasian, 42.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,171 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,390, and the median income for a family was $49,554. Males had a median income of $35,233 versus $28,879 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,467. About 19.6% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.
The city government consists of a mayor elected at-large and a five-member city council elected from districts. Brewton utilizes a city school system.
Brewton is home to the annual Alabama Blueberry Festival, held every year in downtown Jennings Park. The city has a multitude of murals and fountains in the downtown area, accenting the city's professionally landscaped parks, including the hundred-acre E. O. Wilson Nature Adventure Park.
Two golf courses are located in the Brewton area. Dogwood Hills serves as a public park and 9-hole golf course operated by the city. The Country Club of Brewton boasts a semi-private, 18-hole golf course designed by Jerry Pate, widely known as one of the finest golf courses in South Alabama.
Culture and special events
The Thomas E. McMillan Museum is housed on the campus of the Jefferson Davis Community College. It was founded in 1979 to chronicle life in Escambia County, Alabama. The museum includes items from 10,000-year-old fossils, to a fireside popcorn popper and a display of cameras.
- Alan Baker, member of the Alabama House of Representatives
- Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, the first female federal judge appointed in Alabama
- Johnnie Byrd, former member of the Florida House of Representatives
- Catherine Crosby, Miss Alabama 2003
- Kristi DuBose, judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
- Wayne Frazier, pro football player, former Auburn University player
- William Lee Golden, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
- Deanna Jackson, professional women's basketball player
- Teddy Keaton, football coach, Stillman College
- Cliff Lewis, former professional football player
- Hank Locklin, country music singer
- Jonathan Bell Lovelace, founder of Capital Group Companies
- Michael McDowell, screenplay writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, author of more than 30 novels
- Edwin L. Nelson, former judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
- Anthony Redmon, former NFL offensive lineman
- William W. Seay, soldier during the Vietnam War, recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Fred Snowden, former men's basketball coach for the University of Arizona
- Kevin Sumlin, football coach, Texas A&M Aggies football
- Davern Williams, former defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants
- Edward O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer prize winner and biologist
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Climate Summary for Brewton, Alabama
- "NowData — NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
- National Park Service (July 9, 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brewton, Alabama.|
- City of Brewton is the city's website.
- Chamber of Commerce is the local Chamber's website.
- Alabama Blueberry Festival is the festival website.
- Brewton Standard is the local newspaper.
- Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance