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Overview

Introduction to Muscle Shoals, Alabama

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert county, is 40 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 110 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee. Part of the surrounding Florence metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Muscle Shoals History

Muscle Shoals was first inhabited by the Indians. The city is so named because piles of mussel shells were found in the area. However, some believe the shape of the Tennessee River looks like the muscle of a man's arm. It was originally a farm land. In the early 1900s, a few houses were built in the cotton fields. The construction of the Wilson Dam started in 1918. The area was incorporated on April 24, 1923, and George McBride was the first Mayor of Muscle Shoals.

Muscle Shoals and nearby Attractions

  • Funland Water Park
  • Victory Missionary Baptist Church
  • Shoals Plaza Shopping Center
  • North Alabama State Fair Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Children's Museum of the Shoals

Things To Do In Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals organizes several annual events such as the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride, Recall LaGrange, Helen Keller Festival, W.C. Handy Music Festival, and Alabama Renaissance Fair. The city is home to the latest edition of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. You can also visit the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Ivy Green-Home of Helen Keller, Natchez Trace Parkway, Indian Mound, and the Birthplace of W.C. Handy. Muscle Shoals also offers great fishing opportunities because it is surrounded by Pickwick Lake, Wilson Lake, and Wheeler Lake.

Muscle Shoals Transportation

The nearest airport is Northwest Alabama Regional Airport.

Muscle Shoals Higher Education

Northwest Shoals Community College, University of North Alabama, John C. Calhoun State Community College, and other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,585
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+5,985
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married52.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.4%
Median Earnings25+$37,532
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,700
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,211

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,059
% Above Poverty Level89.8%
% Below Poverty Level10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone27.2%
Median Gross Rent$692
Median House Value$135,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.5%
Irish9.1%
English5.8%
Scottish1.7%
Norwegian1.5%
Italian1.3%
Polish0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Moroccan0.3%
Arab0.3%
Canadian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Swedish0.1%
African0.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Dutch0.1%
German0.1%
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Muscle Shoals Almanac

CategoryValue
County Colbert County
Standard Zip Codes35661
P.O. Box Zip Codes35662
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.74
Approximate Longitude-87.64

Muscle Shoals 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
Distance3.9 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
Distance16.2 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
Distance39.1 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
Florence39,938$53,012
Killen1,129$63,836
Leighton934$34,333
Sheffield9,067$42,760
Town Creek1,004$37,361
Tuscumbia8,506$58,923

Muscle Shoals Public Libraries

Muscle Shoals Public Library
1918 EAST AVALON AVENUE
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
(256) 386-9212

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Muscle Shoals Hospitals

Shoals Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
201 W. Avalon Avenue
(256) 386-1601

Muscle Shoals Public Schools

Highland Pk Elem Sch
714 Elmhurst St
ZIP: 35661
Primary
Total Enrollment 218
Howell Graves Presch
3201 Alabama Ave
ZIP: 35661
Primary
Total Enrollment 252
Mcbride Elem Sch
1400 Avalon Ave
ZIP: 35661
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Muscle Shoals Ctr For Tech
3200 S Wilson Dam Rd
ZIP: 35661
High
Muscle Shoals High Sch
1900 E. Avalon Ave
ZIP: 35661
High
Total Enrollment 896
Muscle Shoals Middle Sch
100 Trojan Dr
ZIP: 35661
Middle
Total Enrollment 666
Webster Elem Sch
200 Webster Ave
ZIP: 35661
Primary
Total Enrollment 221
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