Eutaw, Alabama

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Downtown Eutaw, Alabama
Downtown Eutaw, Alabama
Location in Greene County and the state of Alabama
Location in Greene County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°50′26″N 87°53′20″W / 32.84056°N 87.88889°W / 32.84056; -87.88889Coordinates: 32°50′26″N 87°53′20″W / 32.84056°N 87.88889°W / 32.84056; -87.88889
Country United States
State Alabama
County Greene
 • Mayor Hattie Edwards
 • Total 4.6 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Land 4.6 sq mi (11.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 217 ft (66 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,934
 • Density 408.3/sq mi (159.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35462
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-24664
GNIS feature ID 0118059

Eutaw (/ˈjuːtɔː/ YEW-taw) is a city in Greene County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 2,934. The city is the county seat of Greene County and was named in honor of the Battle of Eutaw Springs, the last engagement of the American Revolutionary War in the Carolinas.

Schools in Eutaw include Carver Middle School, Eutaw Primary School, Paramount Jr. High School, and Greene County High


Eutaw has twenty-seven antebellum structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Twenty-three of these are included in the Antebellum Homes in Eutaw multiple property submission. The Coleman-Banks House, Old Greene County Courthouse, First Presbyterian Church, and Kirkwood are listed individually. Additionally, the Greene County Courthouse Square District is a historic district in the heart of downtown. A nearby property, Everhope Plantation, is also listed in the register.[2]

The main strategist and architect of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, its 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, 1965 Selma to Montgomery march, and 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement, James Bevel, was buried in Eutaw on December 29, 2008.

Eutaw is home to the Roman Catholic Convent of Our Lady of Consolata, the Consolata Sisters, a small monastery for nuns in West Alabama; they are known throughout Greene County for their humanitarian efforts.


Eutaw is located at 32°50′26″N 87°53′21″W / 32.840680°N 87.889037°W / 32.840680; -87.889037.[3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which, 4.6 square miles (12 km2) of it is land and 0.22% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,101
1890 1,115 1.3%
1900 884 −20.7%
1910 1,001 13.2%
1920 1,359 35.8%
1930 1,721 26.6%
1940 1,895 10.1%
1950 2,348 23.9%
1960 2,784 18.6%
1970 2,805 0.8%
1980 2,444 −12.9%
1990 2,281 −6.7%
2000 1,878 −17.7%
2010 2,934 56.2%
Est. 2013 2,859 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2013 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,878 people, 778 households, and 504 families residing in the city. The population density was 411.1 people per square mile (158.7/km2). There were 899 housing units at an average density of 196.8 per square mile (76.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 33.01% White, 66.03% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.21% Asian, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 778 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 21.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,056, and the median income for a family was $32,946. Males had a median income of $30,284 versus $18,869 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,573. About 24.7% of families and 28.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.4% of those under age 18 and 22.5% of those age 65 or over.


The city hosts annual parades for Christmas, the Homecoming parade for surrounding schools in the area, and a parade for Martin L. King Jr. Day. Preceding the Christmas parade is the annual Christmas tree lighting by the city's mayor and a special Christmas program on that night, on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse Square. The National Day of Prayer is held on the historic courthouse square and so is veteran's day. Eutaw is known for its architecture and so the Historic Parade and viewing of homes is popular in this town and the event attracts many tourists.

In popular culture[edit]

Eutaw is the home town of the protagonist in the Old Crow Medicine Show song "Big Time in the Jungle," released in 2004. The band also released an album in 2001 entitled "Eutaw." In addition, the town's name is referenced in the song "Don't Ride That Horse," among the other cities of Winnipeg, Joliet, Saskatoon, and Wawa.

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The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Eutaw has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[7]


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