Introduction to Florence, Alabama

Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale county, is 41 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 107 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee.

Florence History

Florence was surveyed in 1818 by Ferdinand Sannoner, the Italian surveyor. He surveyed the land for the Cypress Land Company. Sannoner named the city after the capital of Tuscany in Italy. Florence was officially incorporated in 1826. The city is the hometown of several renowned personalities including W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, and Sam Phillips, record producer who discovered the American cultural icon Elvis Presley.

Florence and nearby Attractions

  • Indian Mound Museum
  • Pope's Tavern Museum
  • W.C. Handy Home
  • Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House
  • Funland Water Park
  • Joe Wheeler State Park

Things To Do In Florence

Florence is home to many parks and open spaces including North Florence Park, Cox Creek Park, Wildwood Park, North Alabama State Fair Park, and McFarland Park. The Walnut Street Historic District and Sannoner Historic District are also worth visiting. The Florence Golf and Country Club is an ideal destination for golf lovers. Some of the local shopping centers are the Florence Plaza Shopping Center, Northwood Plaza Shopping Center, English Village Shopping Center, Regency Square Mall Shopping Center, Four Lane Shopping Center, and Northgate Shopping Center.

Florence Transportation

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is nearby.

Florence Higher Education

University of North Alabama, Rays University of Beauty, and International Bible College are located in the city.


Total Population 39,855
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 16,469
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 42%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $29,001
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,026
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,361


Median Family Income $51,713
% Above Poverty Level 75.4%
% Below Poverty Level 24.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $571
Median House Value $125,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 10.2%

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

Florence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 107 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee
County Lauderdale
Metro Area Florence
Standard Zip Codes 35630, 35633, 35634
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35631
Company Zip Codes 35632
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.799
Longitude -87.677

Florence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55.8 inches
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 57.2 inches
Station ATHENS 2
Distance 39.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Florence, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Florence (35630)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cherokee 850 $45,694
Killen 1,177 $61,974
Leighton 859 $32,778
Muscle Shoals 13,492 $60,851
Sheffield 9,074 $41,922
Tuscumbia 8,537 $53,941

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

Florence Public Libraries

Florence-lauderdale Public Library
Florence, Alabama
(256) 764-6564

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Florence Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(256) 468-9191
Emergency Service: Yes

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Florence High Schools

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7601 HIGHWAY 17
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Serves 1,400 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

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Serves 1,319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

Serves 1,290 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

Serves 895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Serves 549 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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