Overview

Introduction to Arab, Alabama

Arab, Alabama, in Marshall county, is 29 miles S of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center) and 127 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia.

Arab History

The city of Arab was founded by Stephen Tuttle Thompson and was originally known as Thompson's Village. The first post office was established in 1882, and Thompson became the postmaster in 1892. Arab was also incorporated in the same year. Originally, the name proposed was Arad. However, the postal authorities misspelled the name and it was never corrected. J.R.N. Thompson became the city's first mayor. Arab High School was established in 1921.

Arab and nearby Attractions

  • Arab Historic Complex
  • Guntersville State Park
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument
  • Guntersville Lake and Dam
  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center

Things To Do In Arab

During your stay in Arab, you can visit the Arab Historic Complex, Buck Island Reef National Monument, and Guntersville Museum & Cultural Center. There are several houses of worship in the city including Gilliam Springs Church, Eddy Baptist Church, and Pleasant Valley Church. The City of Arab also hosts several events and festivals throughout the year such as the Poke Salat Festival and Community Fair.

Arab Transportation

Huntsville International Airport-Carl T Jones Field is the nearest airport.

Arab Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Alabama A & M University, John C Calhoun State Community College, George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, and many other colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,234
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens19.5%
Employed Population 16+3,296
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married49.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.6%
Median Earnings25+$35,980
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,069
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,970

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,066
% Above Poverty Level82.6%
% Below Poverty Level17.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$577
Median House Value$149,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.8%
Irish9.3%
English8.8%
German7.4%
Scottish1.7%
Italian1.3%
French Except Basque1.2%
Dutch0.9%
Welsh0.5%
Polish0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Norwegian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Arab Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marshall County
Standard Zip Codes35016
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.32
Approximate Longitude-86.5

Arab Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGUNTERSVILLE
Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp30 to 50 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip53.5 inches
StationSAINT BERNARD
Distance21.1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 52 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 76 F
Annual Precip59.9 inches
StationONEONTA
Distance25.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 50 F
Apr Temp47 to 71 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Baileyton810$41,458
Douglas1,077$37,656
Eva560$75,000
Guntersville8,377$57,500
Holly Pond953$51,806
New Hope2,856$51,308

Arab Public Libraries

Arab Public Library
325 2ND STREET NW
Arab, Alabama
(256) 586-3366

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Arab Public Schools

Arab Elem Sch
241 8th Ave Ne
ZIP: 35016
Primary
Total Enrollment 544
Arab High Sch
511 Arabian Dr Ne
ZIP: 35016
High
Total Enrollment 836
Arab Jr High Sch
911 Old Cullman Rd
ZIP: 35016
Middle
Total Enrollment 561
Arab Primary Sch
121 Mimosa St Ne
ZIP: 35016
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Grassy Elem Sch
2233 Shoal Creek Rd
ZIP: 35016
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
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