Introduction to Hartselle, Alabama

Hartselle, Alabama, in Morgan county, is 11 miles S of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 119 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is included in the Decatur metropolitan area.

Hartselle History

Hartselle was established in 1870. The city was named after George Hartselle, one of its founding father. The Methodist Church was organized in 1872 by Dr. S. L. Rountree. The city's first newspaper was published in 1876 and known as "The Investigator." The area's first post office was established in 1873 and chartered in March 1875.

Hartselle and nearby Attractions

  • Hartselle Military Museum
  • Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cooks Natural Science Museum
  • Point Mallard Waterpark
  • Huntsville Museum of Art

Things To Do In Hartselle

While staying in Hartselle, you can visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Alabama Constitution Village, Ave Maria Grotto, EarlyWorks, Sci-Quest, and Huntsville Museum of Art. The city also has several houses of worship including the First Baptist Church of Hartselle, First United Methodist Church, Cedar Creek Church, and Pattillo Street Church of God. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Crestwood Shopping Center and Tanner Heights Plaza Shopping Center.

Hartselle Transportation

The nearest international airport is Huntsville International Airport.

Hartselle Higher Education

John C Calhoun State Community College, George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 14,455
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 6,162
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,843
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,343
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,106


Median Family Income $62,468
% Above Poverty Level 93.1%
% Below Poverty Level 6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 25.1%
Median Gross Rent $585
Median House Value $128,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.9%
US/American 0%
English 13.6%
Irish 17.4%

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

Hartselle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles S of Decatur, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Morgan
Metro Area Decatur
Standard Zip Codes 35640
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.443
Longitude -86.935

Hartselle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55.3 inches
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 57.5 inches
Distance 20.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Decatur 55,598 $54,297
Eva 552 $54,375
Falkville 1,226 $40,536
Somerville 691 $53,690
Triana 578 $52,500
Trinity 2,239 $84,773

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

Hartselle Public Libraries

Hartselle Public Library
Hartselle, Alabama
(256) 773-9880

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Hartselle Hospitals

(256) 773-6511
Emergency Service: Yes

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