Introduction to Oxford, Alabama

Oxford, Alabama is 56 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 83 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is part of the Anniston metro area. The population of Oxford is 14,592.

Oxford History

The city of Oxford was originally named Lickskillet. The city was established in the early 1850s. It was the first incorporated city of Calhoun County. Since 1970, the city has annexed several communities such as Bynum and Coldwater. The freedom fighters of the American civil rights movement were confronted by the citizens of Oxford on May 14, 1961. This incident prompted John F. Kennedy, President of United States, to provide federal protection to the fighters.

Oxford and nearby Attractions

  • Anniston Museum of Natural History
  • Old Mill Mall Shopping Center
  • Trinity Baptist Church
  • Centennial Memorial Park
  • Berman Museum of World History
  • Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Oxford

You can visit Coldwater Covered Bridge while staying in the city. Oxford Lake also offers several recreational activities. The area is surrounded by a 67-mile walking track, a children's playground, tennis courts, covered picnic pavilions, and separate ball complexes. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Old Mill Mall Shopping Center, Sky City Shopping Center, and Quintard Mall Shopping Center.

Oxford Transportation

Air transportation is available from Anniston Metropolitan Airport.

Oxford Higher Education

Jacksonville State University, Southern Union State Community College, and Gadson State Community College are some of the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 21,250
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 8,974
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 53.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $30,578
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,879
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,090


Median Family Income $57,963
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 21.9%
Median Gross Rent $792
Median House Value $121,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.6%
Irish 10%

Oxford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles E of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Calhoun
Metro Area Anniston
Standard Zip Codes 36203
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.614
Longitude -85.835

Oxford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Station HEFLIN
Distance 13.8 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
Distance 22 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 22,749 $44,897
Edwardsville 202 $68,750
Heflin 3,497 $37,273
Jacksonville 12,416 $48,094
Weaver 3,072 $51,823

Oxford Public Libraries

Oxford Public Library
Oxford, Alabama
(256) 831-1750

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