Mentone, Alabama

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Mentone, Alabama
Location of Mentone in DeKalb County, Alabama.
Location of Mentone in DeKalb County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 34°34′20″N 85°34′49″W / 34.57222°N 85.58028°W / 34.57222; -85.58028
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorRob Hammond
 • Total4.68 sq mi (12.12 km2)
 • Land4.67 sq mi (12.09 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,736 ft (529 m)
 • Total360
 • Estimate 
 • Density78.85/sq mi (30.44/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)256
FIPS code01-48064
GNIS feature ID0150377
Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel, built into a boulder, is located in Mentone.

Mentone is a town in DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Mentone, located atop Lookout Mountain, has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Alabama,[citation needed] narrowly over Hytop.

A number of private summer camps are located near Mentone.[3] For a number of years, the Mentone area hosted an unusually large number of summer camps.[4]


The community was named after Menton in France[5] and was incorporated in 1935.

In April 2003, it was the town nearest the epicenter of a magnitude 4.6 earthquake. The surprise quake alarmed residents in the dark hours of the morning and was felt across several states, but caused no injuries and only minor damage even in the town. Mentone is in the Ridge and Valley region of the southwestern Appalachian Mountains, an area that generally goes several decades between significant earthquakes, and has never had a major one in recorded history.


Mentone is located in eastern DeKalb County at 34°34′20″N 85°34′49″W / 34.57222°N 85.58028°W / 34.57222; -85.58028 (34.572360, -85.580283).[6] It is bordered to the west by the town of Valley Head. The center of town is located on the crest of Lookout Mountain at an elevation of 1,736 feet (529 m). The western border of the town, with Valley Head, follows the western slopes of the mountain. Extending south from the town center, the mountain's ridgecrest rises to an elevation of 1,785 feet (544 m) within the town limits. The West Fork of the Little River crosses the eastern portion of the town at an elevation less than 100 feet (30 m) below the ridgecrest.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.1 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.23%, is water.[7]



Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017368[2]2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2013 Estimate[9]

As of the 2000 census,[10] there were 451 people, 201 households, and 127 families residing in the town. The population density was 95.8 people per square mile (37.0/km²). There were 350 housing units at an average density of 74.3 per square mile (28.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.34% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, and 2.88% from two or more races. 0.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The 2010 census listed the population as 360,[7] down from 451 in 2000.

There were 201 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,625, and the median income for a family was $28,750. Males had a median income of $27,411 versus $17,656 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,561. About 13.5% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Hull, William F. (2009). Lookout Mountain. Arcadia Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7385-6644-3.
  4. ^ Mentone, Alabama : a history, by Zora Shay Strayhorn. 1986
  5. ^ Smith, Katie (June 17, 1984). "Names often lend special air to places". Gadsden Times. pp. B1. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Mentone town, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 34°34′20″N 85°34′49″W / 34.57236°N 85.580283°W / 34.57236; -85.580283