Five Points, Alabama

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Five Points, Alabama
Town
Five Points at dusk
Five Points at dusk
Location in Chambers County and the state of Alabama
Location in Chambers County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°1′1″N 85°21′4″W / 33.01694°N 85.35111°W / 33.01694; -85.35111
Country United States
State Alabama
County Chambers
Area
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 869 ft (265 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 141
 • Density 137/sq mi (52.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36855
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-26200
GNIS feature ID 0118333

Five Points is a town in Chambers County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 141.[1]

History[edit]

In 1885, Five Points was named because of the five roads converging at a single point. Before this, the post office was known as "Lystra". The town was incorporated in 1915, making it Chambers County's oldest incorporated town. The Baptist Church was the first to take the name of "Five Points" on its building in 1929.

Five Points holds the distinction of being the first town of its size to receive electricity from Alabama Power in 1925. In order to receive power, citizens were required to erect their own poles from Stroud to White Plains.[2]

Five Points is home to the first consolidated high school in Alabama. The original Five Points High School was an imposing brick building which had two floors above a full basement and a large auditorium that seated 400 people. Erected in 1916, it stood amidst an 18-acre (7.3 ha) campus, the only rural school in the state with its own electric and steam-generating plant and water works. The school building was replaced by a one-story building in 1939. In 1974 a fire destroyed that structure which was replaced by the present building.[2]

The town elected its first African-American mayor, Geneva Bledsoe, in 1992. The current mayor is Derrick L. Wright Sr. who won the election by a vote of 50-32 on August 2012.

Geography[edit]

Five Points is located in northern Chambers County at 33°1'1.880" North, 85°21'4.349" West (33.017189, -85.351208). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.7 km2) all land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 835
1930 1,010 21.0%
1940 778 −23.0%
1950 253 −67.5%
1960 285 12.6%
1970 247 −13.3%
1980 197 −20.2%
1990 200 1.5%
2000 146 −27.0%
2010 141 −3.4%
Est. 2015 142 [3] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2013 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 146 people, 58 households, and 41 families residing in the town. The population density was 141.8 people per square mile (54.7/km²). There were 71 housing units at an average density of 68.9 per square mile (26.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.05% Black or African American, 47.26% White and 0.68% from two or more races.

There were 58 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $41,750. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,764. There were 8.9% of families and 13.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including 26.3% of under eighteens and 6.1% of those over 64.

Notable person[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Five Points town, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Small Town Historic Markers, Alabama Tourism Department, archived from the original on February 3, 2011, retrieved 2011-02-02 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 33°01′02″N 85°21′04″W / 33.017189°N 85.351208°W / 33.017189; -85.351208