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Overview

Introduction to Sheffield, Alabama

Sheffield, Alabama, in Colbert county, is 42 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 109 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is located in the Florence metropolitan area.

Sheffield History

General Andrew Jackson camped in the present-day City of Sheffield with his troops in 1817. Later, Jackson recommended the construction of a town. The United States Secretary of War laid the town and named it York Bluff. Jackson bought a portion of the land in 1818 in the United States Land Sales. This area was incorporated in the year 1885 as Sheffield.

Sheffield and nearby Attractions

  • Children's Museum of the Shoals
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame
  • Tenth Avenue Park
  • Funland Water Park
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Historic Museum

Things To Do In Sheffield

The city of Sheffield is in proximity to the Town Plaza Shopping Center where one can shop and have fun. The churches in the area are Calvary Baptist Church, Church of Christ, and Brown Christian Methodist Episcopal Temple. Sheffield has many parks that provide a host of facilities such as Tenth Park Avenue, Sheffield Youth Park, and Tri Cities Park. Another place that attracts tourists is Winkle World, an amusement and theme park.

Sheffield Transportation

The Northwest Alabama Regional airport is the closest airport to the city of Sheffield.

Sheffield Higher Education

The higher educational institutes closest to Sheffield include the University of North Alabama and Northwest Shoals Community College. Other colleges near Sheffield are Northeast Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College, and Columbia state Community College.

People

Total Population 9,074
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,666
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 39.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,922
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $595
Median House Value $89,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.2%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 10.2%

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

Sheffield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles W of Decatur, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles SW of Nashville, Tennessee
County Colbert
Metro Area Florence
Standard Zip Codes 35660
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.765
Longitude -87.698

Sheffield 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 5.7 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 17.3 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 40.7 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
Tuscumbia 8,537 $53,941

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

Sheffield Public Libraries

Library
Sheffield Public Library
316 NORTH MONTGOMERY AVENUE
Sheffield, Alabama
(256) 386-5634

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Sheffield Hospitals

HELEN KELLER HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1300 SOUTH MONTGOMERY AVENUE
(256) 386-4196
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sheffield High Schools

SHEFFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
2800 19TH AVE
256-383-6052
Serves 358 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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