Historic buildings in Downtown Monroeville
The Literary Capital of Alabama
"Moving the Past Forward"
Location of Monroeville in Monroe County, Alabama.
|• Total||13.36 sq mi (34.61 km2)|
|• Land||13.35 sq mi (34.59 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||413 ft (126 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||438.07/sq mi (169.14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area codes||251 Exchanges: 575,743|
|GNIS feature ID||0152359|
Monroeville is known as the hometown of two prominent writers of the post-World War II period, Truman Capote and Harper Lee, who were childhood friends in the 1930s. Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, earned her the Pulitzer Prize. The lasting fame of To Kill a Mockingbird became a tourist draw for the town. In 1997, the Alabama Legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County as the "Literary Capital of Alabama."
The town was initially known as Walker's Mill and Store, named for Major Walker, the area's first white settler. In 1832, the county seat was relocated to Monroeville from Claiborne on the Alabama River. The settlement was briefly renamed "Centerville" due to its location in the center of the county, but then it was formally changed to Monroeville. The town was not formally incorporated until April 15, 1899.
Monroeville is located at (31.518075, -87.327543).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.4 square miles (34.7 km2), of which 13.4 square miles (34.6 km2) is land and 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.05%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,862 people, 2,687 households, and 1,870 families living in the city. The population density was 525.8 people per square mile (203.0/km²). There were 3,016 housing units at an average density of 231.1 per square mile (89.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.09% White, 44.84% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,687 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 18.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the city, the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,229, and the median income for a family was $36,476. Males had a median income of $35,600 versus $20,184 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,070. About 20.4% of families and 23.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.0% of those under age 18 and 19.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,519 people, 2,656 households, and 1,723 families living in the city. The population density was 488 people per square mile (188.4/km²). There were 3,056 housing units at an average density of 228.1 per square mile (88.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.7% White, 42.1% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 0.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,656 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 21.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,593, and the median income for a family was $49,548. Males had a median income of $41,324 versus $31,033 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,553. About 23.3% of families and 27.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.3% of those under age 18 and 19.0% of those age 65 or over today.
Monroeville is home to Coastal Alabama Community College, a state-supported, fully accredited, comprehensive two-year college serving southwest Alabama with its main campuses in Monroeville and Thomasville.
Arts and culture
Author Harper Lee was born and raised in Monroeville. Her 1961 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which received the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, modeled the fictional town of Maycomb based on her hometown. Truman Capote, a childhood neighbor and friend of Harper Lee, grew up in Monroeville. Capote acknowledged being the inspiration for the book's character, Dill. Mark Childress, novelist, and Cynthia Tucker, syndicated columnist and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, were also born in Monroeville.
Annual cultural events
As of 2006, an estimated 30,000 tourists visited Monroeville annually due to its association with To Kill a Mockingbird. Each May, the Monroe County Heritage Museum stages an amateur play based on the book on the grounds of the courthouse. The interior of the courthouse was used as a reference for the film version of the book, and it is the venue for the later acts of the amateur production. The all-volunteer cast has been invited to perform in Washington, D.C., Kingston upon Hull, and Jerusalem. In 1997, the Alabama Legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County the "Literary Capital of Alabama."
- Marsha Barbour, first lady of the State of Mississippi from 2004 to 2012
- Chris Booker, Major League Baseball player
- Truman Capote, author
- Mark Childress, novelist
- Marva Collins, educator
- Amasa Coleman Lee, lawyer and legislator
- Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman
- Walter McMillian, exonerated and freed in 1993 after being sentenced to death in a wrongful conviction
- Allison Moorer, folk singer
- Fannie E. Motley, first African-American student to graduate from Spring Hill College
- Bert Nettles, Republican politician, born in Monroeville; practices law in Birmingham
- Marie Rudisill, author and television personality
- Bill Selby, former utility player from 1996 to 2003 with the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Cleveland Indians
- Cynthia Tucker, syndicated columnist
- Redd Velvet, singer, songwriter, social activist
- Tytus Howard, current tackle for the Houston Texans
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- Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance