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Overview

Introduction to Tuscumbia, Alabama

Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert county, is 41 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 111 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is inside the Florence metropolitan area.

Tuscumbia History

The French were the first settlers in the area adjacent to the Tennessee River in the 1700s. However, the town was ruined in 1786. The Chickasaw Indians were the next settlers, and they built their town near the spring. This town was incorporated as Ococoposa in the year 1820. In 1822, there was a vote taken to change the town's name to either Tuscumbia, honoring the Chickasaw Indian chief, or Anniston or Annisville, honoring the first white child born in the town. Tuscumbia won by a single vote. In 1867, Tuscumbia became the county seat of Colbert County.

Tuscumbia and nearby Attractions

  • Helen Keller Home
  • Spring Creek Golf Course
  • Avalon Park
  • West Side Baptist Church
  • Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church

Things To Do In Tuscumbia

The city of Tuscumbia in Alabama is home to many churches including Saint Johns Episcopal Church, West Side Baptist Church, and Church of Christ. Other renowned locations in the city are the Spring Creek Golf Course and the Helen Keller Birth Place. One can enjoy the many facilities offered at the parks including Avalon Park, Spring Park, and Buffington Field. A visit to the Throckmorton Branch is also enjoyable.

Tuscumbia Transportation

Northwest Alabama Regional airport is the closest airport to Tuscumbia.

Tuscumbia Higher Education

Institutes of higher education which can be attended by the residents of Tuscumbia include Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals, University of North Alabama, Itawamba Community College, and John C Calhoun State Community College.

People

Total Population 8,537
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,145
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,941
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $634
Median House Value $101,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 10.9%

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

Tuscumbia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 111 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee
County Colbert
Metro Area Florence
Standard Zip Codes 35674
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.731
Longitude -87.702

Tuscumbia 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 MUSCLE SHOALS AP
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55.8 inches
Station RUSSELLVILLE NO 2
Distance 14.9 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 ATHENS 2
Distance 41.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cherokee 850 $45,694
Florence 39,855 $51,713
Killen 1,177 $61,974
Leighton 859 $32,778
Muscle Shoals 13,492 $60,851
Sheffield 9,074 $41,922

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

Tuscumbia Public Libraries

Library
Helen Keller Public Library
511 N. MAIN STREET
Tuscumbia, Alabama
(256) 383-7065

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Tuscumbia High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

COLBERT HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
6828 WOODMONT DR
256-383-7875
Serves 504 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

DESHLER HIGH SCHOOL
200 N COMMONS EAST
256-389-2910
Serves 451 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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2216 MISSOURI ST
256-389-2900
A Non-traditional School

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200 N COMMONS EAST
256-389-2910
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