Introduction to Russellville, Alabama

Russellville, Alabama, in Franklin county, is 43 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 126 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee. About 8,971 people people live in Russellville.

Russellville History

In 1812, the American government allotted funds for a route from New Orleans to Nashville. It was called Jackson's Military Road, and it passed through what is now known as Russellville. Major William Russell, an early settler of the area, assisted in the road's construction. As the city developed around that road, it was named after Major Russell. It was incorporated on November 27, 1819.

Russellville and nearby Attractions

  • West Highlands Baptist Church
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • Underwood Creek
  • Franklin Shopping Center
  • Hal Kirby Junior Park

Things To Do In Russellville

Visitors to the city of Russellville can tour the local churches including Washington Avenue Church of Christ, Calvary Baptist Church, and College Avenue First Baptist Church. The Russell Public Library offers a host of information about the region's history and culture. The area also has many parks that offer a range of recreational facilities. The Franklin Shopping Center in Russellville is also a favorite tourist haunt. One can also enjoy water sports at Russellville's rivers, creeks, and reservoirs.

Russellville Transportation

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is nearby.

Russellville Higher Education

Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals, University of North Alabama, Itawamba Community College, and John C. Calhoun State Community College offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 9,824
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,339
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $38,457
% Above Poverty Level 65.6%
% Below Poverty Level 34.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $559
Median House Value $93,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.9%
Irish 6.2%

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

Russellville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 126 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee
County Franklin
Standard Zip Codes 35653, 35654
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.507
Longitude -87.728

Russellville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 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 MOULTON 2
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 51 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 58.7 inches
Station FULTON 3 W
Distance 44.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 60.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bear Creek 1,296 $42,000
Hackleburg 1,444 $39,808
Hodges 308 $64,375
Muscle Shoals 13,492 $60,851
Phil Campbell 1,149 $31,484
Tuscumbia 8,537 $53,941

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

Russellville Public Libraries

Russellville Public Library
Russellville, Alabama
(256) 332-1535

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Russellville Hospitals

15155 HIGHWAY 43
(256) 332-8679
Emergency Service: Yes

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Russellville High Schools

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Serves 660 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

14220 HIGHWAY 187
A Title I School.
Serves 517 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

A Vocational School

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