Arab, Alabama

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Arab, Alabama

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.

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High Points

Arab strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Alabama):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Arab Affordability of Property Taxes
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Arab Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 11% Arab Well-Paid Single Men
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Arab Affordability of Rents
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Arab College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Arab Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Arab, Alabama

Comparing Arab to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Alabama (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 9 7
Senior Citizens 8 8
Age of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 10
Well-Paid Single Men 5 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 5
Racial Diversity 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 7
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 6 9
People Above Poverty 5 9
Median Family Income 5 9
People in Middle Class or Better 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 3 3
Working at Home 1 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 3
Affordability of Rents 9 5
Housing Recently Built 8 7
People Living Alone 7 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 8
Low Property Crime 2 2

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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
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Arab Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,174 100%
Male 3,341 46.6%
Female 3,833 53.4%
Under 18 1,713 23.9%
18+ 5,461 76.1%
65+ 1,276 17.8%
Median Age 39.6
Average Family Size 2.87
White 7,051 98.3%
African-American 13 0.2%
Asian 28 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 35 0.5%
Other 12 0.2%
Mixed Race 35 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 47 0.7%

Estimated Arab Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,498
Growth 324
Growth % 4.5%

Arab Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 26.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17%
English 14%
Irish 13.7%
German 10.1%
Scotch-Irish 3.9%
European 2.5%
Dutch 2.1%
Welsh 2%
Scottish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Italian 1.4%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Polish 0.6%
Russian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
British 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Arab 7,174 $45,761
Baileyton 684 $41,563
Douglas 530 $36,000
Eva 491 $45,781
Guntersville 7,395 $39,464
Holly Pond 645 $31,875
New Hope 2,539 $39,427

Arab Public Libraries

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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