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Heflin is a city in Cleburne County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 3,480.[2] The city is the county seat of Cleburne County. It is located approximately halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta on Interstate 20.

Heflin
City
Heflin, Alabama
Heflin, Alabama
Motto(s): 
"A Great Place to Call Home."
Location of Heflin in Cleburne County, Alabama.
Location of Heflin in Cleburne County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°38′38″N 85°34′58″W / 33.64389°N 85.58278°W / 33.64389; -85.58278
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyCleburne
Incorporated1886
Government
 • TypeCity Council/Mayor
 • MayorRudy Rooks
Area
 • Total16.27 sq mi (42.13 km2)
 • Land16.09 sq mi (41.67 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 • Total3,480
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
3,434
 • Density213.46/sq mi (82.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
36264
Area code(s)256
FIPS code01-33976
GNIS feature ID0159746
Websitehttp://www.cityofheflin.org/

HistoryEdit

 
Cleburne County Courthouse in Heflin, January 2012.

Heflin was first settled in 1882 as a station on the railroad line from Atlanta. The town quickly grew and was incorporated in 1886. Until 1905, the County Seat of Cleburne County had been located at Edwardsville. In 1905, an election was held to move the county seat from Edwardsville to Heflin. The election results favored Heflin and were appealed to and upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court on July 1, 1906.[4]

GeographyEdit

Heflin is located at 33°38'37.514" North, 85°34'57.724" West (33.643754, −85.582701).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which 11.8 square miles (31 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.50%) is water.

The city is located in the east central part of the state approximately 15 mi west of the Alabama-Georgia state line. Interstate 20 runs west to east through the southern part of the city. Access to the city can be found from exits 199 and 205. Via I-20, Birmingham is 76 mi (122 km) west, and Atlanta is 72 mi (116 km) east. U.S. Route 78 also runs through the city, along with two state routes (Alabama State Route 9 and Alabama State Route 46).

ClimateEdit

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1890383
190046020.1%
191083982.4%
19201,02622.3%
19301,23120.0%
19401,68436.8%
19501,98217.7%
19602,40021.1%
19702,87219.7%
19803,0144.9%
19902,906−3.6%
20003,0023.3%
20103,48015.9%
Est. 20183,434[3]−1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

2010Edit

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 3,480 people, 1,384 households, and 925 families residing in the city. The population density was 216.9 people per square mile (83.7/km²). There were 1,531 housing units at an average density of 93.9 per square mile (36.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 9.4% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 2.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,384 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% 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 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,821, and the median income for a family was $37,050. Males had a median income of $41,932 versus $25,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,909. About 15.6% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 15.9% of those age 65 or over.

2000Edit

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 3,002 people, 1,218 households, and 824 families residing in the city. The population density was 254.0 people per square mile (98.1/km²). There were 1,330 housing units at an average density of 112.5 per square mile (43.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.88% White, 11.83% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,218 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,398, and the median income for a family was $38,600. Males had a median income of $29,545 versus $20,676 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,452. About 11.9% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

Public education is provided in Heflin by the Cleburne County Board of Education. Public schools in Heflin include:

Cleburne County High School (grades 8 through 12)
Cleburne County Career Technical School (grades 9 through 12)
Cleburne County Middle School (grades 5 through 7)
Cleburne County Elementary School (grades K through 6)
Pleasant Grove Elementary School (grades K through 6)

MediaEdit

  • Radio stations
WKNG-FM 89.1 FM (Southern Gospel / Worship Music)
WPIL 91.7 FM (Southern Gospel / Classic Country/Bluegrass)
  • Newspaper
Cleburne News (weekly)
  • Television
WSB (ABC affiliate) Atlanta
WAGA (FOX affiliate) Atlanta
WBRC (FOX affiliate) Birmingham
WCIQ (PBS affiliate) Mt. Cheaha State Park
WXIA (NBC affiliate) Atlanta
WVTM (NBC affiliate) Birmingham
WGWW-DT2 (ABC affiliate) Anniston
WIAT (CBS affiliate) Birmingham
WGCL (CBS affiliate) Atlanta

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Hoskins Morton, Patricia. "Cleburne County". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.

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