Moundville, Alabama

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Town of Moundville [1]
Location in Hale County and the state of Alabama
Location in Hale County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°59′55″N 87°37′34″W / 32.99861°N 87.62611°W / 32.99861; -87.62611
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Hale, Tuscaloosa
 • Total 3.9 sq mi (10.3 km2)
 • Land 3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 161 ft (49 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,809
 • Density 463.8/sq mi (175.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35474
Area code(s) 205
FIPS code 01-51648
GNIS feature ID 0160145
General store in Moundville, July 1936
Landowner in Moundville, August 1936, Photograph by Walker Evans

Moundville is a town in Hale and Tuscaloosa Counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2000 census the population was 1,809. It is part of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area. Moundville is known for its quintessential southern landscapes and Indian Mounds.


Moundville is located at 32°59′55″N 87°37′34″W / 32.99861°N 87.62611°W / 32.99861; -87.62611 (32.998521, -87.626006).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), of which 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (1.00%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 253
1920 328 29.6%
1930 757 130.8%
1940 812 7.3%
1950 901 11.0%
1960 922 2.3%
1970 996 8.0%
1980 1,310 31.5%
1990 1,348 2.9%
2000 1,809 34.2%
2010 2,427 34.2%
Est. 2013 2,464 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2013 Estimate[4]

At the 2000 census,[5] there were 1,809 people, 809 total housing units with 688 being occupied households, and 479 families residing in the town. The population density was 458.7 per square mile (177.3/km²). There were 780 housing units at an average density of 197.8 per square mile (76.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 61.30% White, 35.16% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.83% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 688 households of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% 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 3.08.

29.47% of the population were under the age of 19, 6.63% from 20 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 20.67% from 45 to 64, and 15.54% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median household income was $31,944 and the median family income was $36,000. Males had a median income of $30,625 compared with $25,231 for females. The per capita income was $13,014. About 21.2% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.6% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

Moundville Archaeological Park[edit]

The Moundville Archaeological Park is a National Historic Landmark. The 320-acre (1.3 km2) park contains 26 prehistoric, Mississippian culture-era Native American earthwork mounds, burial sites and artifacts.

The largest Native American mounds are located near the Black Warrior River. Mounds become smaller as farther from the river. This might be an indication of the relative ranks of the people who built and maintained the mounds.

A palisade was built around three sides of the center of Moundville, surrounding the mounds, a plaza and residential areas. This palisade was rebuilt at least six times during the site's occupation.



Moundville Airport is a privately owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (2.3 mi, 3.7 km) south of the central business district of Moundville.

Notable native[edit]

Work of Walker Evans and James Agee[edit]

In the 1930s, the photographer Evans and writer Agee documented the lives of tenant farmers living in this area in the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and the more recently published Cotton Tenants.


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°59′55″N 87°37′34″W / 32.998521°N 87.626006°W / 32.998521; -87.626006