Introduction to Arab, Alabama

Arab, Alabama, in Marshall county, is 29 miles S of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center) and 127 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. As of the year 2000 census, 7,174 people lived in Arab.

Arab History

The city of Arab was founded by Stephen Tuttle Thompson and was originally known as Thompson's Village. The first post office was established in 1882, and Thompson became the postmaster in 1892. Arab was also incorporated in the same year. Originally, the name proposed was Arad. However, the postal authorities misspelled the name and it was never corrected. J.R.N. Thompson became the city's first mayor. Arab High School was established in 1921.

Arab and nearby Attractions

  • Arab Historic Complex
  • Guntersville State Park
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument
  • Guntersville Lake and Dam
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center

Things To Do In Arab

During your stay in Arab, you can visit the Arab Historic Complex, Buck Island Reef National Monument, and Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center. There are several houses of worship in the city including Gilliam Springs Church, Eddy Baptist Church, and Pleasant Valley Church. The City of Arab also hosts several events and festivals throughout the year such as the Poke Salat Festival and Community Fair.

Arab Transportation

Huntsville International Airport-Carl T Jones Field is the nearest airport.

Arab Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Alabama A & M University, John C Calhoun State Community College, George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, and many other colleges and universities.


Total Population 8,282
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,271
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 50.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $33,364
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,461
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,315


Median Family Income $55,878
% Above Poverty Level 83.3%
% Below Poverty Level 16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $539
Median House Value $145,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.7%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 13.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arab Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles S of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Marshall
Standard Zip Codes 35016
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.318
Longitude -86.495

Arab Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 53.5 inches
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 59.9 inches
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baileyton 909 $41,964
Douglas 1,024 $31,471
Eva 552 $54,375
Guntersville 8,326 $55,000
Holly Pond 1,084 $56,500
New Hope 2,803 $53,214

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arab Public Libraries

Arab Public Library
Arab, Alabama
(256) 586-3366

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Arab High Schools

Serves 1,014 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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