Clanton, Alabama

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Clanton City Hall
Clanton City Hall
"A good place to visit...a better place to live!"
Location of Clanton in Chilton County, Alabama.
Location of Clanton in Chilton County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 32°50′23″N 86°37′41″W / 32.83972°N 86.62806°W / 32.83972; -86.62806
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedApril 23, 1873
Named forGeneral James H. Clanton[1]
 • TypeCouncil/Mayor
 • MayorVacant
 • Total23.24 sq mi (60.18 km2)
 • Land23.10 sq mi (59.82 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
600 ft (183 m)
 • Total8,619
 • Estimate 
 • Density380.74/sq mi (147.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)205, 659
FIPS code01-15136
GNIS feature ID0157918

Clanton is a city in Chilton County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Birmingham–Hoover–Cullman Combined Statistical Area. At the 2010 census the population was 8,619.[4] The city is the county seat of Chilton County. Clanton is near the site of the geographic center of the U.S state of Alabama.


The town was founded by Alfred Baker in 1868, when Chilton County was formed. Prior to establishment in 1868, the Town of Clanton was known as the community of "Goose Pond". Baker County was renamed to Chilton County and the community of "Goose Pond" became the Town of Clanton.[5] Clanton was named in honor of General James H. Clanton, a brigadier in the Confederate States Army, and was incorporated on April 23, 1873. Baker was also elected first mayor of the town.[1]

Nearby Lay Lake Dam and Mitchell Dam became Alabama Power's first two dams in the state, bringing economic improvements to the area. Immigrants played a part in starting the county's peach industry more than a century ago. Today, the peach industry is the number one industry in Chilton County, not only bringing fame to the county, but also millions of dollars to the local economy. The city of Clanton constructed a water tower in the form of a peach in 1993, becoming a landmark for travelers along Interstate 65.[6]

Early civil rights activist Ida B. Wells reproduced a photographic postcard depicting an 1891 lynching in Clanton to educate the white public of the atrocities committed against blacks.[7]

During World War II, a small German prisoner of war camp was located in Clanton.[8]


Clanton is located southeast of the center of Chilton County at 32°50'23.316" North, 86°37'41.477" West (32.839810, -86.628188).[9]

The city is located in the central part of the state along Interstate 65, which runs north to south to the east of the city, with access from exits 205, 208, and 212. Via I-65, Birmingham is 53 mi (85 km) north, and Montgomery is 40 mi (64 km) southeast. Other highways that run through the city include U.S. Route 31, which runs north to south through the center of the city, leading north 22 mi (35 km) to Calera and south 31 mi (50 km) to Prattville, and Alabama State Route 22, which leads east 29 mi (47 km) to Rockford and west 15 mi (24 km) to Maplesville.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.1 square miles (57.2 km2), of which 21.9 square miles (56.8 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.62%, is water.[10]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clanton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated Cfa on climate maps.[11]

Climate data for Clanton, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 57
Average low °F (°C) 36
Average precipitation inches (cm) 5
Source: Weatherbase[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20198,794[3]2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2013 Estimate[14]

As of the census[15] of 2010, there were 7,800 people, 3,168 households, and 2,128 families residing in the city.[16] The population density was 383.8 inhabitants per square mile (148.2/km2). There were 3,510 housing units at an average density of 172.7 per square mile (66.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 46.31% White, 46.01% Black or African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 2.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[16]

There were 3,168 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.93.[16]

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.[16]

The median income for a household in the city was $30,394, and the median income for a family was $37,568. Males had a median income of $32,484 versus $20,344 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,299. About 15.1% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.[16]


Clanton is governed via the mayor-council system. The mayor is elected in a citywide vote. The city council consists of five members elected from one of five wards.

Billy Joe Driver served as mayor for more than 35 years, from 1984 until July 9, 2020, when he died after a battle with COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. He was 84 years old. He had planned to retire in January 2021.[17]

Police corruption[edit]

Numerous cases of corruption have been associated with the Clanton Police Department as well as the Chilton County District and Circuit Courts.

David Michael Hegwood, a 22-year veteran of the Clanton Police Department, was arrested in August 2011 for stealing a sign from a local restaurant in uniform.[18]

In 2014, David Lee Hubbard, a Chilton County Sheriff's deputy, was charged with multiple counts of sexual contact with underage girls.[19] The trial was moved to Prattville and in December 2015, Hubbard pleaded guilty to all counts[20]

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell, was arrested in April 2015, on charges relating to the misappropriation of funds from the Operation Santa Clause drive.[21] The crimes he pleaded guilty to happened between 2010 and 2015 while Stilwell was the Clanton Police Chief and treasurer of the Chilton County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The former chief of the Clanton Police Department pleaded guilty on a violation of the ethics law and fraudulent use of a credit card.[22]


Over 80% of Alabama's peach crop comes from Chilton County.[23] Perhaps Clanton's most recognizable landmark is its peach-shaped water tower, which celebrates the community's agricultural significance.[24]

The City of Clanton has a jurisdiction of approximately 30 square miles and over 30,000 people travel through Clanton every day.[5]

One of the biggest events each year in Chilton County is the annual Peach Festival held in June. The festival, held in Clanton, crowns a new Peach Queen each year and also includes a Peach Parade and the Peach Jam Jubilee, a music concert and street fair.[6]

Clanton has a 30-bed hospital with 24-hour emergency care.[6]


The Chilton County School System provides public education for Clanton. Students in Clanton may attend any public school in Chilton County.[25]

High schools
Chilton County High School (Grades 9 through 12)
LeCroy Technical Center (Grades 10 through 12)

Middle school
Clanton Middle School (Grades 6 through 8)

Elementary schools
Clanton Intermediate School (Grades 3 through 5)
Clanton Elementary School (Grades K through 2)

Jefferson State Community College - Chilton-Clanton Campus


Chilton County Airport (FAA LID: 02A), also known as Gragg-Wade Field, is a public use airport in Chilton County, Alabama, United States. The airport is located one nautical mile (2 km) east of the central business district of Clanton, Alabama. It is owned by the Chilton County Airport Authority.[26]



  • The Clanton Advertiser (daily)
  • Chilton County News (weekly)


  • WKLF - Gospel 95.5FM & 1000AM
  • WPJN - Praise 89.3FM

Culture and recreation[edit]

Clanton has hosted the annual Chilton County Peach Festival since 1952.[23]

The Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center (CCPAC) is a multi-purpose facility adjacent to the Jefferson State Community College–Clanton campus. The City of Clanton and Jefferson State Community College have worked closely to develop a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility for trade shows, special events and conferences.[27]

Clanton Parks & Rec:[28]

  • Clanton City Park & City Pool
  • Corner Park
  • E.M. Henry Skills Center & Pool
  • Goosepond Park
  • Ollie Park
  • Clanton Recreation Center

Notable people[edit]


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Coordinates: 32°50′23″N 86°37′41″W / 32.83981°N 86.628188°W / 32.83981; -86.628188