Dora, Alabama

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Dora
City
Old Methodist Church, taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey
Old Methodist Church, taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey
Location in Walker County and the state of Alabama
Location in Walker County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°43′46″N 87°5′13″W / 33.72944°N 87.08694°W / 33.72944; -87.08694
Country United States
State Alabama
County Walker
Area
 • Total 7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 • Land 7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 394 ft (120 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,025
 • Density 321.7/sq mi (123.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 01-21136
GNIS feature ID 0155055

Dora is a city in Walker County, Alabama, United States founded by Cole Smith. It initially incorporated as the town of Horse Creek on February 18, 1897, but changed its name to Dora in 1906.[1] At the 2010 census the population was 2,025, down from 2,413 in 2000.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 385
1910 916 137.9%
1920 1,117 21.9%
1930 1,143 2.3%
1940 1,032 −9.7%
1950 984 −4.7%
1960 1,776 80.5%
1970 1,862 4.8%
1980 2,327 25.0%
1990 2,214 −4.9%
2000 2,413 9.0%
2010 2,025 −16.1%
Est. 2015 1,960 [2] −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2013 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,413 people, 984 households, and 711 families residing in the city. The population density was 319.9 people per square mile (123.6/km2). There were 1,080 housing units at an average density of 143.2 per square mile (55.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.61% White, 16.66% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. 0.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 984 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,458, and the median income for a family was $29,000. Males had a median income of $28,942 versus $19,886 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,560. About 23.1% of families and 27.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.0% of those under age 18 and 23.5% of those age 65 or over.

2013-2014 Mayor is Randy Stephens

The Fire Chief is Chris Edwards.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 2,025 people, 820 households, and 575 families residing in the city. The population density was 270 people per square mile (103.8/km2). There were 959 housing units at an average density of 127.9 per square mile (49.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.6% White, 12.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. 0.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 820 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% 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 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.2 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,596, and the median income for a family was $37,946. Males had a median income of $35,586 versus $22,652 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,902. About 29.0% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.3% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

  • T.S. Boyd Elementary/Junior High School[7]
  • Dora High School

The mascot for both schools is the Bulldogs, and both are members of the Walker County Board of Education.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Alabama". Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 
  7. ^ "TS Boyd Junior Elementary School". Walker county. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

Coordinates: 33°43′46″N 87°05′13″W / 33.729476°N 87.087013°W / 33.729476; -87.087013