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Overview

Introduction to Jacksonville, Alabama

Jacksonville, Alabama, in Calhoun county, is 63 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 79 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The people of the city are in the Anniston metropolitan area. Jacksonville has a population of 8,404.

Jacksonville History

Jacksonville was originally inhabited by the Creek Indians. In 1833, the land was purchased from tribal Chief Ladiga. Initially, the area was known as Drayton. Later in 1834, the city was renamed after Andrew Jackson, Creek War hero who later became the seventh President of the United States. The area's first school was established on April 16, 1834. Until 1899, it was the county seat for Calhoun County.

Jacksonville and nearby Attractions

  • Talladega National Forest
  • Dr. J.C. Francis Medical Museum and Apothecary
  • Anniston Museum of Natural History
  • Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Berman Museum of World History

Things To Do In Jacksonville

Jacksonville offers panoramic views of the Appalachian Foothills. Visitors can enjoy the city's year round moderate climate. The Coosa River Basin, Dugger and Cheaha Mountain National Wilderness Areas, and Talladega National Forest are also nearby. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is only a few minutes from the city. The Jacksonville Plaza Shopping Center, Pelham Plaza Shopping Center, and Church Street Plaza Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers.

Jacksonville Transportation

You can avail flights from Anniston Metropolitan Airport.

Jacksonville Higher Education

The local university is known as Jacksonville State University. Other colleges and universities that offer higher educational facilities are Gadsden State Community College, Samford University, and Southern Union State Community College .

People

Total Population 12,372
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,966
Age of the Population 26

Families

% of people married 31.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,199
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,799
Median Earnings With High School Degree $16,900

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,902
% Above Poverty Level 68.8%
% Below Poverty Level 31.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $576
Median House Value $159,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 9.3%

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

Jacksonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 63 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Calhoun
Metro Area Anniston
Standard Zip Codes 36265
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.813
Longitude -85.761

Jacksonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station HEFLIN
Distance 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 56.7 inches
Station CEDARTOWN 3 NE
Distance 33.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 53.7 inches
Station TALLADEGA
Distance 34.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 54 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 45 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anniston 22,626 $42,595
Hokes Bluff 4,314 $51,077
Ohatchee 962 $59,219
Piedmont 4,767 $45,481
Weaver 3,072 $51,694

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

Jacksonville Public Libraries

Library
Jacksonville Public Library
200 PELHAM ROAD S
Jacksonville, Alabama
(256) 435-6332

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Jacksonville Hospitals

JACKSONVILLE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1701 SOUTH PELHAM ROAD
(256) 435-4970
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jacksonville High Schools

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JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
1000 GEORGE DOUTHIT DR SW
256-435-4177
Serves 747 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

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4141 PLEASANT VALLEY RD
256-741-6700
Serves 702 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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1200 CHURCH ST SE
256-741-4600
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