Gurley, Alabama

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Gurley, Alabama
The Old Gurley Town Hall is a contributing property to the Gurley Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 2004.
The Old Gurley Town Hall is a contributing property to the Gurley Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 2004.
Official seal of Gurley, Alabama
Location of Gurley in Madison County, Alabama.
Location of Gurley in Madison County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 34°42′0″N 86°22′35″W / 34.70000°N 86.37639°W / 34.70000; -86.37639Coordinates: 34°42′0″N 86°22′35″W / 34.70000°N 86.37639°W / 34.70000; -86.37639
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.55 sq mi (9.20 km2)
 • Land3.55 sq mi (9.19 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
640 ft (195 m)
 • Total801
 • Estimate 
 • Density228.73/sq mi (88.32/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)256
FIPS code01-32440
GNIS feature ID0119509

Gurley is a town in Madison County, Alabama, United States, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the town was 801.[3]


The community takes its name from the Gurley family, who settled in the area in 1817. The town gradually formed around a water and coaling stop of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad and was originally known as Gurley's Tank. In 1866, the post office opened, and the name was changed to Gurleysville; it was later shortened back to Gurley. Gurley was incorporated in 1891 with 250 residents. Soon after, the population peaked at 1,000. The business district was nearly destroyed by fire in 1923, when a bucket brigade was able to save only two businesses. Most of the town is now included in the Gurley Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[4]


Gurley is located at 34°42′1″N 86°22′35″W / 34.70028°N 86.37639°W / 34.70028; -86.37639 (34.700164, -86.376469).[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), all land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2019812[2]1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[7]

Note: From the 1940 Census until 1970, Gurley ceased to appear on the census rolls. This was likely due to either disincorporation or loss/lapse of its charter in the 1930s. At some point in the 1960s, it was reincorporated.

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 876 people, 346 households, and 241 families residing in the town. The population density was 313.9 people per square mile (121.2/km2). There were 379 housing units at an average density of 135.8 per square mile (52.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.85% White, 15.41% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 346 households, out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,831, and the median income for a family was $26,875. Males had a median income of $31,146 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,271. About 23.4% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 31.1% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]

As an incorporated town, Gurley has its own police and fire departments. The city also maintains a small sewer system. Education in Gurley is run by the Madison County School System. Only one K-8 school (Madison County Elementary) operates within the city limits, in the building formerly occupied by Madison County High School. A new Madison County High School was built a few miles west of the town on US 72 in 1999.


Gurley has its own Masonic Lodge (Gurley Lodge #521 F & AM), a Lions Club, a Lioness Club, and a Founders Club.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Gurley town, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Schneider, David B.; Christy Anderson (January 14, 2004). "Gurley Historic District". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. ^ "Lena Styles". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014.

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