Uniontown, Alabama

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Uniontown Masonic Hall, taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey
Uniontown Masonic Hall, taken as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey
Location in Perry County and the state of Alabama
Location in Perry County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°26′56″N 87°30′44″W / 32.44889°N 87.51222°W / 32.44889; -87.51222
Country United States
State Alabama
County Perry
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 299 ft (91 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,636
 • Density 1,258.5/sq mi (467.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36786
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-77904
GNIS feature ID 0153806
Website http://www.uniontownal.org/

Uniontown is a city in Perry County, Alabama, in the United States of America. At the 2000 census, the population of the city was 1,636. The current mayor is Jamaal O. Hunter.


Uniontown was first settled in 1818 by the Wood family and was originally known as Woodville. The name was later changed to Uniontown, after this name was suggested by Philip Weaver. He was a local planter, originally from Uniontown, Maryland.[1] Uniontown has four sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Fairhope Plantation, Pitts' Folly, the Uniontown Historic District, and Westwood.


Uniontown is located at 32°26′56″N 87°30′44″W / 32.44889°N 87.51222°W / 32.44889; -87.51222 (32.448984, -87.512287).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 290
1870 1,444
1880 810 −43.9%
1890 854 5.4%
1900 1,047 22.6%
1910 1,836 75.4%
1920 1,359 −26.0%
1930 1,424 4.8%
1940 1,869 31.3%
1950 1,798 −3.8%
1960 1,993 10.8%
1970 2,133 7.0%
1980 2,112 −1.0%
1990 1,730 −18.1%
2000 1,636 −5.4%
2010 1,775 8.5%
Est. 2013 2,529 42.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2013 Estimate[4]

2000 Census data[edit]

At the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,636 people, 617 households, and 433 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,224.9 people per square mile (471.4/km²). There were 743 housing units at an average density of 556.3 per square mile (214.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.20% Black or African American and 11.80% White. 1.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 617 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.1% were married couples living together, 40.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the city the population was spread out with 37.3% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 72.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 60.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $12,386, and the median income for a family was $14,148. Males had a median income of $21,625 versus $14,261 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,268. About 48.2% of families and 47.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 60.4% of those under age 18 and 31.9% of those age 65 or over.

Local events[edit]

Uniontown is known for their 11 state high school basketball championships. The last championship team was led by former Auburn University guard Frankie Sullivan, who scored 51 points in the championship game.

Notable people[edit]

  • Augusta Clark, Pennsylvania politician, was born in Uniontown.
  • Tony Cox, actor, born in Uniontown in 1958
  • Erwin Dudley, professional basketball player
  • Morris Ernst, lawyer and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Eugene Lipscomb, football player, born in Uniontown in 1931
  • Zeke Smith, Roger Duane "Zeke" Smith, born September 29, 1936, is a former American football player in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants. He played college football at Auburn University where he was awarded the Outland Trophy in 1958. His banner, along with four other Auburn greats - Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan, Tracy Rocker and Carlos Rogers, is hanging outside Jordan-Hare Stadium in his honor. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1959 NFL Draft.
  • Turk Beezy, Military Veteran, Musician
  • Holland Dai'mon Witherspoon, Musician


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Uniontown has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


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Coordinates: 32°26′56″N 87°30′44″W / 32.448984°N 87.512287°W / 32.448984; -87.512287