Killen, Alabama

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Killen, Alabama
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Alabama
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°51′42″N 87°31′46″W / 34.86167°N 87.52944°W / 34.86167; -87.52944
Country United States
State Alabama
County Lauderdale
 • Mayor Tim Tubbs[1]
 • Total 1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Land 1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 610 ft (186 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,108
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 988
 • Density 588.9/sq mi (223.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35645
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-39784
GNIS feature ID 0121192
Website Town of Killen

Killen is a town in Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Florence - Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals". As of the 2010 census, the population of the town is 1,108.[2]


Killen was founded on the Muscle Shoals Canal.[4]


Killen is located at 34°51′42″N 87°31′46″W / 34.86167°N 87.52944°W / 34.86167; -87.52944 (34.861586, -87.529374).[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of which is land and none of which is covered by water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 620
1970 683 10.2%
1980 747 9.4%
1990 1,047 40.2%
2000 1,119 6.9%
2010 1,108 −1.0%
Est. 2013 988 −10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[3]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,119 people, 435 households, and 338 families residing in the town. The population density was 585.0 people per square mile (226.2/km²). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 253.0 per square mile (97.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.26% White, 2.23% Black or African American, 0.45% Asian, 1.61% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 2.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 435 households, 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.9% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57, and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median household income was $43,203, and the median family income was $47,596. Males had a median income of $36,957 versus $22,102 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,872. About 2.4% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Killen Founder's Day is an annual event celebrated either on the third or fourth weekend in the month of August. The festivities begin on Friday at 6:00 p.m. with a parade through downtown Killen on JC Mauldin Hwy starting at Brooks Elementary School and ending at the Market Center. Opening ceremonies are held at 7:30 at Killen Park in our amphitheater. The weekend is full of fun, games, music, history, food and is completed with fireworks on Saturday night.

League of the South[edit]

The League of the South, which is a Southern nationalist group, is headquartered near Killen, Alabama. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the League of the South as a Neo-Confederate hate group.[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Town of Killen". Killen Alabama website. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Towns, communities make region sparkle". Times Daily. Aug 2, 1998. p. 7. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ League of the South page at SPLC

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°51′42″N 87°31′46″W / 34.861586°N 87.529374°W / 34.861586; -87.529374