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Overview

Introduction to Florence, Alabama

Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale county, is 41 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 107 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee.

Florence History

Florence was surveyed in 1818 by Ferdinand Sannoner, the Italian surveyor. He surveyed the land for the Cypress Land Company. Sannoner named the city after the capital of Tuscany in Italy. Florence was officially incorporated in 1826. The city is the hometown of several renowned personalities including W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, and Sam Phillips, record producer who discovered the American cultural icon Elvis Presley.

Florence and nearby Attractions

  • Indian Mound Museum
  • Pope's Tavern Museum
  • W.C. Handy Home
  • Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House
  • Funland Water Park
  • Joe Wheeler State Park

Things To Do In Florence

Florence is home to many parks and open spaces including North Florence Park, Cox Creek Park, Wildwood Park, North Alabama State Fair Park, and McFarland Park. The Walnut Street Historic District and Sannoner Historic District are also worth visiting. The Florence Golf and Country Club is an ideal destination for golf lovers. Some of the local shopping centers are the Florence Plaza Shopping Center, Northwood Plaza Shopping Center, English Village Shopping Center, Regency Square Mall Shopping Center, Four Lane Shopping Center, and Northgate Shopping Center.

Florence Transportation

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is nearby.

Florence Higher Education

University of North Alabama, Rays University of Beauty, and International Bible College are located in the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,938
Male Share of the Population45.9%
Female Share of the Population54.1%
Senior Citizens18.7%
Employed Population 16+16,283
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married41.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,608
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,613
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,211

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,012
% Above Poverty Level75.6%
% Below Poverty Level24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.6%
Median Gross Rent$582
Median House Value$126,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.1%
Irish10.2%
English9%
German7.4%
Scottish2.2%
Italian1.8%
Dutch1.6%
French Except Basque1.5%
Norwegian0.6%
Swedish0.6%
Russian0.5%
Polish0.5%
African0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Czech0.1%
Greek0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Florence Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lauderdale County
Standard Zip Codes35633, 35634, 35630
P.O. Box Zip Codes35631
Company Zip Codes35632
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.82
Approximate Longitude-87.66

Florence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMUSCLE SHOALS AP
Distance5.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 49 F
Apr Temp49 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip55.8 inches
StationRUSSELLVILLE NO 2
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp44 to 72 F
Jul Temp66 to 90 F
Oct Temp45 to 74 F
Annual Precip57.2 inches
StationATHENS 2
Distance39.4 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp47 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cherokee853$49,375
Killen1,129$63,836
Leighton934$34,333
Muscle Shoals13,585$65,059
Sheffield9,067$42,760
Tuscumbia8,506$58,923

Florence Public Libraries

Florence - Lauderdale Public Library
350 NORTH WOOD AVENUE
Florence, Alabama
(256) 764-6564

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Florence Hospitals

Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
205 Marengo Street
(256) 768-8400

Florence Public Schools

Florence Freshman Ctr
1203 Bradshaw Drive
ZIP: 35630
Other
Total Enrollment 379
Florence High Sch
1201 Bradshaw Dr
ZIP: 35630
High
Total Enrollment 987
Florence Learning Ctr
610 W. College St
ZIP: 35630
Other
Florence Middle Sch
648 N. Cherry Street
ZIP: 35630
Middle
Total Enrollment 682
Harlan Elem Sch
2233 Mcburney Dr
ZIP: 35630
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Hibbett Sch
1601 Appleby Blvd
ZIP: 35630
Middle
Total Enrollment 636
Weeden Elem Sch
400 Baldwin Street
ZIP: 35630
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Kilby Laboratory Sch
611 North Pine Street
ZIP: 35632
Primary
Total Enrollment 161
Central High Sch
3000 County Road 200
ZIP: 35633
Other
Total Enrollment 1377
Cloverdale Jr High Sch
12101 Highway 157 N
ZIP: 35633
Forest Hills Sch
101 Stovall Dr
ZIP: 35633
Primary
Total Enrollment 807
Handy Sch
955 Beale Street
ZIP: 35633
Primary
Total Enrollment 45
Underwood Elem Sch
4725 Highway 157
ZIP: 35633
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Rogers High Sch
300 Rogers Ln
ZIP: 35634
Other
Total Enrollment 1213
Wilson High Sch
7601 Highway 17
ZIP: 35634
Other
Total Enrollment 1280

Florence Private Schools

Mars Hill Bible School
698 Cox Creek Pkwy
ZIP: 35630
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 563
St Joseph Regional Catholic School
115 Plum St
ZIP: 35630
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
Shoals Christian School
301 Heathrow Dr
ZIP: 35633
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 213
Riverhill School
2826 County Road 30
ZIP: 35634
Elementary
Total Enrollment 66
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