Geraldine, Alabama

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Geraldine, Alabama
Water tower in Geraldine
Water tower in Geraldine
Location of Geraldine in DeKalb County, Alabama.
Location of Geraldine in DeKalb County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 34°21′13″N 86°0′14″W / 34.35361°N 86.00389°W / 34.35361; -86.00389
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.93 sq mi (10.17 km2)
 • Land3.92 sq mi (10.14 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,158 ft (353 m)
 • Total896
 • Estimate 
 • Density227.98/sq mi (88.03/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)256
FIPS code01-29608
GNIS feature ID0150249

Geraldine is a town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. It was incorporated in February 1957.[3] At the 2010 census the population was 896.


The Geraldine area grew slowly until the 1880s, when a post office was established. The community was originally known as "Lee," and the first postmaster initially applied for a post office under this name in 1882, but the name on the application was changed to "Geraldine" for unknown reasons.[3]


Geraldine is located at 34°21′13″N 86°0′14″W / 34.35361°N 86.00389°W / 34.35361; -86.00389 (34.353654, -86.004002).[4] The town is located atop Sand Mountain, about halfway between Rainsville to the northeast and Albertville to the southwest. State Route 75 and State Route 227 intersect near the center of town.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), of which 3.9 square miles (10 km2) is land and 0.26% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018893[2]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

As of the 2010 census Geraldine had a population of 896. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 92.5% non-Hispanic white, 0.3% black or African American, 3.7% Native American, 0.7% from some other race, 1.8% from two or more races (1.6% of whom reported Native American as one of their races) and 2.0% Hispanic or Latino of any race.[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 786 people, 351 households, and 230 families residing in the town. The population density was 202.3 people per square mile (78.0/km²). There were 394 housing units at an average density of 101.4 per square mile (39.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.96% White, 1.15% Native American, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 351 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,028, and the median income for a family was $34,583. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,330. About 12.1% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.


Geraldine School (K-12), "home of the Bulldogs," is a member of the DeKalb County School System. As of May 2009, Geraldine is classified as a 3A high school. That same month, approximately 65 students graduated from Geraldine. On average, the school produces 50-100 graduating students each year. The current principal is Jason Mayfield.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b James P. Kaetz, "Geraldine," Encyclopedia of Alabama, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 2010 profile of population and housing characteristics of Geraldine
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 34°21′13″N 86°00′14″W / 34.353654°N 86.004002°W / 34.353654; -86.004002