Oneonta, Alabama

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Oneonta, Alabama
Oneonta is home to the Easley Covered Bridge, a county-owned, 95-foot (29 m) town lattice truss bridge built in 1927. Its WGCB number is 01-05-12.
Oneonta is home to the Easley Covered Bridge, a county-owned, 95-foot (29 m) town lattice truss bridge built in 1927. Its WGCB number is 01-05-12.
Motto: A Small City with Big Ideas
Location in Blount County and the state of Alabama
Location in Blount County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 33°56′32″N 86°28′44″W / 33.94222°N 86.47889°W / 33.94222; -86.47889Coordinates: 33°56′32″N 86°28′44″W / 33.94222°N 86.47889°W / 33.94222; -86.47889
Country United States
State Alabama
County Blount
 • Type Council
 • Mayor Ross Norris
 • Total 15.3 sq mi (39.5 km2)
 • Land 15.2 sq mi (39.3 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 873 ft (266 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,567
 • Density 433/sq mi (167.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35121
Area code 205
FIPS code 01-57000
GNIS feature ID 0152813

Oneonta is a city in Blount County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 6,567.[1] The city is the county seat of Blount County. Oneonta is home to the Covered Bridge Festival.[2]


A post office called Oneonta has been in operation since 1889.[3] The city was named after Oneonta, New York, the native home of a railroad official.[4] In 1889, the county seat was transferred to Oneonta from Blountsville.[5]

During World War II, a small POW camp was operated outside of Oneonta.[6]


Oneonta is located in eastern Blount County at 33°56'32.291" North, 86°28'43.586" West (33.942303, -86.478774).[7] It is situated in Murphree Valley between Red Mountain and Sand Mountain to the northwest and Straight Mountain to the southeast.

U.S. Route 231 passes through the center of the city, leading northwest 7 miles (11 km) to Cleveland, Alabama, and southeast 14 miles (23 km) to Interstate 59 in Ashville.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 square miles (39.5 km2), of which 15.2 square miles (39.3 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.54%, is water.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 583
1910 609 4.5%
1920 876 43.8%
1930 1,387 58.3%
1940 2,376 71.3%
1950 2,802 17.9%
1960 4,136 47.6%
1970 4,390 6.1%
1980 4,824 9.9%
1990 4,844 0.4%
2000 5,576 15.1%
2010 6,567 17.8%
Est. 2015 6,615 [8] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2013 Estimate[10]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 6,567 people, 2,502 households, and 1,630 families residing in the city. The population density was 433 inhabitants per square mile (167/km2). There were 2,751 housing units at an average density of 179.8 per square mile (69.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.1% White, 6.0% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 7.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. 15.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,502 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% 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 3.11.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 23.0% under the age of 18, 7.8 % from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,192, and the median income for a family was $50,236. Males had a median income of $41,425 versus $22,160 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,951. About 13.0% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

City government[edit]

The city government is made up of Mayor Ross Norris, and a five-person city council —Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Danny Robinson, Tim McNair,and Tonya H. Rogers.

  • City Manager: Ed Lowe
  • City Clerk: Tammie Noland
  • Mayor: Ross Norris


Oneonta, Alabama is home to the Historical Covered Bridge Festival. This annual event held in the streets of downtown Oneonta showcases the history and celebration of the remaining covered bridges in Blount County, with entertainment and events leading up to an all-day arts and crafts festival. Also located in Oneonta is the Blount County Memorial Museum. This museum host a variety of resources for genealogy research and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just minutes away is the beautiful Palisades Park over looking breathtaking Murphree's Valley. This park includes hiking trails, climbing, playground and picnic facilities. We welcome you to take the year round scenic drive around Oneonta and visit the remaining and recently restored Covered Bridges.


Public education is provided by Oneonta City Schools. There are three schools in the city: Oneonta Elementary School (grades K through 5), Oneonta Middle School (grades 6 through 8), and Oneonta High School (grades 9 through 12).

Radio stations[edit]

WCRL 1570 AM - Oldies (simulcasts on translator W237DH 95.3FM)

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Oneonta city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "26th Annual Blount County Covered Bridge Festival". Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Blount County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tenbroeck in DeKalb County was named for runaway horse". Gadsden Times. Jun 17, 1984. pp. B1. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Blount County Courthouse in Oneonta". Encyclopedia of Alabama. October 6, 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Hutchinson, Daniel (October 6, 2009). "World War II POW Camps in Alabama". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 

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