Valley Grande, Alabama

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Valley Grande
Location of Valley Grande in Dallas County, Alabama.
Location of Valley Grande in Dallas County, Alabama.
Valley Grande is located in Alabama
Valley Grande
Valley Grande
Location in Dallas County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 32°29′09″N 87°01′49″W / 32.4858469°N 87.0303690°W / 32.4858469; -87.0303690Coordinates: 32°29′09″N 87°01′49″W / 32.4858469°N 87.0303690°W / 32.4858469; -87.0303690
Country United States of America
State Alabama
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorMatt Dobbs
 • Total33.82 sq mi (87.59 km2)
 • Land33.51 sq mi (86.78 km2)
 • Water0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
Elevation259 ft (79 m)
 • Total4,020
 • Estimate 
 • Density108.79/sq mi (42.00/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
36701, 36703
Area code(s)334
FIPS code01-01047[4]
GNIS feature ID2405635[2]

Valley Grande is a city in Dallas County, Alabama, United States, just north of Selma. Incorporated in early 2003, Valley Grande has a mayor-council form of government.[5] The city's population was 4,020 at the time of the 2010 census.[6]


Valley Grande encompasses the historic community of Summerfield. Established in 1819 as "Valley Creek", the town was renamed "Summerfield" in 1845 to honor the noted Methodist preacher John Summerfield. In 1829, the first academy in Dallas County was chartered in Valley Creek. In 1842, the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church opened the Methodist Centenary Institute, a coeducational institution chartered by the Alabama Legislature on January 2, 1841. At its peak when cotton production was profitable, Summerfield was a very prosperous community of planters, doctors, merchants, ministers, and educators. The historical core of Summerfield has survived intact and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district encompassing 56.12 acres (227,100 m2).[citation needed]. On January 9, 2003 the people of Valley Grande voted 9 to 1 for incorporation as the Town of Valley Grande. After the election of a mayor and five-member town council the vast majority of the Summerfield area was voluntarily annexed as part of Valley Grande.[7]


Valley Grande is located in northeastern Dallas County at 32.486872, -87.032773.[8] It is bordered to the south by the city of Selma, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Valley Grande has a total area of 33.8 square miles (87.6 km2), of which 33.5 square miles (86.8 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.8 km2) is water.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20183,645[3]−9.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2013 Estimate[10]

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,020 people, 1,559 households, and 1,173 families residing in the city. The population density was 118.9 people per square mile (45.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.2% White, 23% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races.[11]

There were 1,559 households, out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 34.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.7% 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 2.58 and the average family size was 3.00.[11]

The median income for a household in the city was $57,432, and the median income for a family was $64,461. Males had a median income of $42,456 versus $37,722 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,767. About 8.7% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.[11]


The city government is composed of a mayor and five at-large council members. The current mayor is Matt Dobbs. The city council members are Tim White, Ronald Sawyer, Lamar Morgan, Tammy Troha and Jimmy Johnson.


Residents are zoned to schools in Dallas County Schools. Valley Grande Elementary School and Martin Middle School, within the city, serve the county.[12][13] Most high school-aged students attend the public Dallas County High School, located in Plantersville, a nearby unincorporated area.[12]


  1. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Valley Grande, Alabama. Retrieved on 2011-06-18.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Valley Grande AL". ZIP Code Lookup. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
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  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Valley Grande city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
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  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  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. ^ a b c 2010 Census
  12. ^ a b "Schools." City of Valley Grande. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.
  13. ^ "Valley Grande Map[permanent dead link]." City of Valley Grande. Retrieved on April 4, 2009.

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