Sand Rock, Alabama

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Sand Rock, Alabama
Motto: "Built solid as a rock"
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Alabama
Location in Cherokee County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 34°13′57″N 85°46′14″W / 34.23250°N 85.77056°W / 34.23250; -85.77056
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Cherokee, DeKalb
 • Total 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
 • Land 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 560
 • Density 128/sq mi (49.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 35983
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-67920
GNIS feature ID 0126330

Sand Rock is a town in Cherokee and DeKalb counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2010 census the population was 560.[1]


A post office called Sand Rock was established in 1855, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1903.[2] Legend has it the city was named after a pioneer sat on a rock upon sandy ground.[3]


Sand Rock is located in western Cherokee County at 34°13'57.115" North, 85°46'13.516" West (34.232532, -85.770421),[4] atop Lookout Mountain. A portion of the town extends north into DeKalb County. The town is bordered to the south by the town of Leesburg.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km2), all of it land.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 438
2000 509 16.2%
2010 560 10.0%
Est. 2014 562 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 509 people, 195 households, and 154 families residing in the town. The population density was 112.4 people per square mile (43.4/km²). There were 215 housing units at an average density of 47.5 per square mile (18.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.41% White, and 0.39% Black or African American.

There were 195 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,179, and the median income for a family was $44,063. Males had a median income of $28,523 versus $17,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,845. About 10.9% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.


Sand Rock High School is part of the Cherokee County School District. Schools in the district include Cedar Bluff School, Centre Elementary School, Gaylesville School, Sand Rock School, Centre Middle School, Cherokee County High School, Spring Garden High School and Cherokee County Career & Technology Center.

Sand Rock School is located in Sand Rock.

Mitchell Guice is the Superintendent of Schools.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Sand Rock town, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cherokee County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cherokee County, Ala.". Calhoun Times. September 1, 2004. p. 46. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Cherokee County Schools". Cherokee County Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 

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Coordinates: 34°13′57″N 85°46′14″W / 34.232532°N 85.770421°W / 34.232532; -85.770421