Sulligent, Alabama

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Sulligent, Alabama
Location of Sulligent in Lamar County, Alabama.
Location of Sulligent in Lamar County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°53′41″N 88°7′55″W / 33.89472°N 88.13194°W / 33.89472; -88.13194
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyLamar
Area
 • Total7.83 sq mi (20.29 km2)
 • Land7.83 sq mi (20.29 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
325 ft (99 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,927
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
1,831
 • Density233.72/sq mi (90.24/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35586
Area code(s)205
FIPS code01-73728
GNIS feature ID0153600
Websitesulligent.org

Sulligent is a city in Lamar County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 1,927,[3] down from its record high of 2,151 in 2000. From 1910-1950 and again in 2000, it was the largest community in Lamar County before losing the distinction both times to the county seat of Vernon.[4] The name is derived from railroad personnel.

History[edit]

Sulligent was first called "Elliott", in honor of the chief engineer of the Kansas City-Memphis-Birmingham Railroad, then renamed one month later with the portmanteau "Sulligent", in honor of Sullivan, the superintendent of the railroad, and Sargeant, the passenger agent of the railroad.

The town was incorporated on February 12, 1897.[5]

S. F. Pennington owned the first general store and Dr. R. J. Redden owned the first drug store.

The production and processing of cotton was an important industry. The primary business in Sulligent in the mid-1890s was cotton, with over 2500 bales ginned each year and shipped via the railroad. At one time, Sulligent Cotton Oil Company was known as the largest cotton gin under one roof.

Sulligent is home to Lamar County's only structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Greer Bankhead House, which antedates the city by almost four decades.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Sulligent is the birthplace of two former Auburn University All-SEC players: defensive back James McKinney and cousin running back Joe Cribbs. McKinney, a two-time All-SEC first-team safety, led the SEC in interceptions twice and became Auburn's first African American football player to be named first-team All-SEC. Cribbs, also a two-time All-SEC performer, was a first-team All-American and was voted SEC Player of the Year, NFL running back All-Pro and NFL Rookie of the Year. Sulligent was also home to former University of Alabama All-SEC and All-American safety, Arizona Cardinals' Rashad Johnson. Sulligent is also the home of current University of North Alabama safety, Caleb Massey, former Major League Baseball player Bubba Harris, former Negro League baseball player Sam Bankhead and Hollis Bankhead (1842–1920), Confederate war hero, Congressman, and statesman.

Sulligent was the home of John H. Bankhead, U.S. senator between 1907 and 1920.

Geography[edit]

Sulligent is located at 33°53′41″N 88°7′55″W / 33.89472°N 88.13194°W / 33.89472; -88.13194 (33.894807, -88.131920).[7]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20 km2), all land.

U.S. Route 278 passes through Sulligent, intersecting State Highway 17.

The BNSF Railway provides railroad service with a line running east-west.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900303
1910619104.3%
19201,07173.0%
19301,0780.7%
19401,28719.4%
19501,209−6.1%
19601,34611.3%
19701,76230.9%
19802,13020.9%
19901,886−11.5%
20002,15114.1%
20101,927−10.4%
Est. 20181,831[2]−5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2013 Estimate[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,151 people, 901 households, and 637 families residing in the city. The population density was 273.9 people per square mile (105.8/km²). There were 1,029 housing units at an average density of 131.0 per square mile (50.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.08% White, 21.80% Black or African American, 0.60% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 1.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 901 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,541, and the median income for a family was $30,645. Males had a median income of $29,966 versus $19,537 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,794. About 18.0% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 27.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 1,927 people, 859 households, and 551 families residing in the city. The population density was 243.9 people per square mile (94.9/km²). There were 972 housing units at an average density of 123.0 per square mile (47.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.3% White, 19.3% Black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. .8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 859 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 30.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,469, and the median income for a family was $34,231. Males had a median income of $36,125 versus $30,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,094. About 18.1% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Sulligent city, Alabama". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  4. ^ U.S. Census records for Sulligent and Vernon, 1910-2010 (See historic population data boxes)
  5. ^ "Sulligent - Encyclopedia of Alabama". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-29.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°53′41″N 88°07′55″W / 33.894807°N 88.13192°W / 33.894807; -88.13192