Introduction to Boaz, Alabama

Boaz, Alabama, in Marshall county, is 43 miles SE of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center) and 106 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia.The city is considered part of the Gadsden metropolitan area. Boaz has a population of 7,411.

Boaz History

The present day city of Boaz is named after the Biblical character Boaz from the book of Ruth. It was first settled by a group of 47 people on November 1, 1878, led by Billy Sparks. The rich soil, abundant timber, and abundant wild game in the Sand Mountain Plateau attracted the early settlers. The area's first industries were the cotton gin and crops, including watermelon and sugarcane.

Boaz and nearby Attractions

  • Guntersville State Park
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument
  • Lake Guntersville
  • Patriotic Putting Park
  • Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center
  • Beach Mountain Golf And Arcade

Things To Do In Boazy

Boaz is famous as an outlet shopping destination. It is known as the “shop ‘til you drop” capital of Alabama. One can shop at the Wal-Mart Super Center, Crystal Corner, or Weathers. There are camping grounds at Guntersville State Park, where one can enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, and biking. Buck Island Reef National Monument offers a breathtaking experience to all visitors.

Boazy Transportation

Flights are available from Talladega Municipal Airport.

Boaz Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered at Snead State Community College. Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University are also nearby.


Total Population 9,673
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,724
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 46.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $30,901
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,048
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,906


Median Family Income $46,629
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 21%
Median Gross Rent $645
Median House Value $104,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 11.5%

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

Boaz Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles SE of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Marshall
Metro Area Gadsden
Standard Zip Codes 35956, 35957
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.2
Longitude -86.166

Boaz Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Distance 13.2 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 24.4 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
Albertville 21,406 $41,657
Crossville 2,312 $41,346
Douglas 1,024 $31,471
Ridgeville 117 $22,500

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

Boaz Public Libraries

Boaz Public Library
Boaz, Alabama
(256) 593-8056

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Boaz Hospitals

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(256) 593-8310
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 703 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

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