Introduction to Guntersville, Alabama

Guntersville, Alabama, in Marshall county, is 30 miles SE of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center) and 117 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia.

Guntersville History

Guntersville was founded in the early 1800s by John Gunter, a German immigrant. Originally, the area was inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. In order to obtain more land to mine, Gunter married the chief of the tribe's daughter and promised to provide salt to the tribe. Later on, the area was named after him. The city was incorporated in August 1847. It became the county seat of the newly formed Marshall County in 1836.

Guntersville and nearby Attractions

  • Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center
  • Lake Guntersville State Park
  • Guntersville Railroad Depot Museum
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Bucks Pocket State Park

Things To Do In Guntersville

Guntersville is home to several parks and playgrounds including the David Crockett Visit Lions Club Park, Tom Jackson Park, Ogletree Park, Big Spring Creek Small Wild Area, Lake Guntersville State Park, Marshall County Park, and Guntersville Municipal Park. Golf lovers can spend their leisure hours at the Stoney Mountain Golf Course and Beach Mountain Golf and Arcade. Shopping can be enjoyed at Finlay Plaza Shopping Center, South Gate Shopping Center, and Lake Shopping Center.

Guntersville Transportation

International flights are available from Huntsville International Airport.

Guntersville Higher Education

Alabama A & M University and University of Alabama in Huntsville are the nearest universities.


Total Population 8,326
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,139
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,648
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,400
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,616


Median Family Income $55,000
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $561
Median House Value $160,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.4%
Irish 9.4%

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

Guntersville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SE of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Marshall
Standard Zip Codes 35976
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.358
Longitude -86.294

Guntersville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.8 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 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 56.1 inches
Distance 29.9 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
Arab 8,282 $55,878
Boaz 9,673 $46,629
Douglas 1,024 $31,471
Grant 956 $70,250
New Hope 2,803 $53,214

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

Guntersville Public Libraries

Marshall County Cooperative Library
Guntersville, Alabama
(256) 582-2973
Guntersville Public Library
Guntersville, Alabama
(256) 571-7595
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Guntersville Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(256) 571-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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