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Overview

Introduction to Sylacauga, Alabama

Sylacauga, Alabama, in Talladega county, is 36 miles SE of Hoover, Alabam (center to center) and 114 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is in the Talladega County.

Sylacauga History

The Creek Indians were the first settlers in Coosa River Valley. The name of the city, Sylacauga, first appeared in Hernando DeSoto's records in 1540. One theory is that the name comes from the combination of two Indian words, Chalaka - ge, which means the place of the Chalaka Tribe. This city is also referred to as "The Marble City" because it is built on a solid deposit of the whitest and hardest marble in the world. The city was first incorporated in the year 1838 as Syllacoga, and then again in 1887 as Sylacauga.

Sylacauga and nearby Attractions

  • Marble City Plaza Shopping Center
  • Sylacauga Church of Christ
  • Comer Museum & Arts Center
  • Emauhee Creek
  • Sylacauga City Hall

Things To Do In Sylacauga

The Sylacauga City Hall is a renowned destination of the city. One can shop at Marble City Plaza Shopping Center and Sylacauga Shopping Center. The Comer Museum & Arts Center is another big tourist attraction in Sylacauga. There are several churches you can visit including the Sylavon Baptist Church, Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, and the Sylacauga Church of Christ. One can also enjoy an evening by the Emauhee Creek.

Sylacauga Transportation

Talladega Municipal Airport is the closest airport to the city of Sylacauga.

Sylacauga Higher Education

The higher education institutes that residents of Sylacauga can attend include Samford University, Jefferson State Community College, University of Montevallo, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

People

Total Population 12,749
Male Share of the Population 44.7%
Female Share of the Population 55.3%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,753
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 39.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,466
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $530
Median House Value $114,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 7.5%

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

Sylacauga Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles SE of Hoover, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles W of Atlanta, Georgia
County Talladega
Standard Zip Codes 35150, 35151
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.173
Longitude -86.251

Sylacauga 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 SYLACAUGA 4 NE
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.8 inches
Station TALLADEGA
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 54 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 45 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches
Station THORSBY EXP STATION
Distance 29.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Childersburg 5,105 $26,542
Goodwater 1,537 $29,375
Harpersville 1,711 $50,563
Oak Grove 564 $47,361
Vincent 2,032 $57,885
Wilsonville 2,163 $54,250

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

Sylacauga Public Libraries

Library
B. B. Comer Memorial Library
314 NORTH BROADWAY AVENUE
Sylacauga, Alabama
(256) 249-0961
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Sylacauga Hospitals

COOSA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
315 W HICKORY ST
(256) 249-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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SYLACAUGA HIGH SCHOOL
701 N BROADWAY
256-249-8692
Serves 684 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

FAYETTEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
170 W W AVERITTE DR
256-315-5550
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 544 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

BB COMER MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
801 SEMINOLE AVE
256-315-5400
Serves 541 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

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605 W.4TH ST
256-249-9171
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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