Eclectic, Alabama

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Eclectic, Alabama
Downtown Eclectic
Downtown Eclectic
Location of Eclectic in Elmore County, Alabama
Location of Eclectic in Elmore County, Alabama
Coordinates: 32°38′28″N 86°2′18″W / 32.64111°N 86.03833°W / 32.64111; -86.03833
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyElmore
Area
 • Total4.19 sq mi (10.85 km2)
 • Land4.11 sq mi (10.65 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
581 ft (177 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,193
 • Density290.13/sq mi (112.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36024
Area code334
FIPS code01-22816
GNIS feature ID0117848
Websitehttp://www.townofeclectic.com

Eclectic is a town in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in 1907.[2] At the 2020 census, the population was 1,193. It is part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Eclectic was founded by Dr. M. L. Fielder, a practitioner of eclectic medicine, hence the name.[3] It has been noted on lists of unusual place names.[4]

The first post office in Eclectic was established in 1879.[5]

Geography[edit]

Eclectic is located at 32°38′29″N 86°2′19″W / 32.64139°N 86.03861°W / 32.64139; -86.03861 (32.641285, -86.038571).[6]

The town is located along Alabama State Route 63, which runs from south to north through the center of town, leading northeast 26 mi (42 km) to Alexander City and southwest 5 mi (8 km) to the unincorporated community of Claud. Alabama State Route 170 connects the town to Wetumpka, the Elmore County seat, 15 mi (24 km) to the southwest.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (11 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.17%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910315
192055576.2%
193067822.2%
1940606−10.6%
195071518.0%
196092629.5%
19701,18427.9%
19801,124−5.1%
19901,087−3.3%
20001,037−4.6%
20101,001−3.5%
20201,19319.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[8]

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census there were 1,037 people, 409 households, and 280 families living in the town. The population density was 244.7 inhabitants per square mile (94.5/km2). There were 459 housing units at an average density of 108.3 per square mile (41.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 78.11% White, 19.19% Black or African American, 0.96% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.87% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9] Of the 409 households 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 29.1% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.14.

The age distribution was 30.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

The median household income was $30,906 and the median family income was $31,855. Males had a median income of $29,554 versus $18,162 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,131. About 20.5% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.6% of those under age 18 and 23.4% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census there were 1,001 people, 399 households, and 266 families living in the town. The population density was 238.3 inhabitants per square mile (92.0/km2). There were 438 housing units at an average density of 104.3 per square mile (40.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 86.4% White, 11.0% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 0.0% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[10] Of the 399 households 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.6% of households were one person and 15.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.14.

The age distribution was 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% 65 or older. The median age was 39.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median household income was $34,750 and the median family income was $42,188. Males had a median income of $35,815 versus $27,684 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,181. About 8.6% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.4% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census[edit]

Eclectic racial composition[11]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 910 76.28%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 189 15.84%
Native American 1 0.08%
Asian 6 0.5%
Other/Mixed 65 5.45%
Hispanic or Latino 22 1.84%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,193 people, 446 households, and 330 families residing in the town.

Education[edit]

It is in the Elmore County Public School System.[12]

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Eclectic - Encyclopedia of Alabama". Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Gallant, Frank K. (2012). A Place Called Peculiar: Stories about Unusual American Place-Names. Courier Dover Publications. p. 4.
  4. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. ix.
  5. ^ Helbock, Richard W. (2007) United States Post Offices, Volume VIII - The Southeast, p. 76. Scappoose, Oregon: La Posta Publications
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Elmore County, AL" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 31, 2022. - Text list

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°38′29″N 86°02′19″W / 32.641285°N 86.038571°W / 32.641285; -86.038571