Brewton, Alabama

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Brewton
—  City  —
Location in Escambia County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°7′3″N 87°4′16″W / 31.1175°N 87.07111°W / 31.1175; -87.07111
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyEscambia
Area
 • Total11.4 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Land11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation82 ft (25 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total5,498
 • Density482.3/sq mi (185.1/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code36426-36427
Area code(s)251
FIPS code01-09208
GNIS feature ID0157900
Websitehttp://www.cityofbrewton.org/
 
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Brewton
—  City  —
Location in Escambia County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 31°7′3″N 87°4′16″W / 31.1175°N 87.07111°W / 31.1175; -87.07111
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyEscambia
Area
 • Total11.4 sq mi (29.7 km2)
 • Land11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation82 ft (25 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total5,498
 • Density482.3/sq mi (185.1/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code36426-36427
Area code(s)251
FIPS code01-09208
GNIS feature ID0157900
Websitehttp://www.cityofbrewton.org/

Brewton is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 5,498. The city is the county seat of Escambia County.

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History

In May 1861, the first train arrived at a hastily built station at the site of what would become Brewton. The station master was Edmund Troupe Brewton.

The Civil War was not kind to the new Brewton community. Rail lines were severed, and nearby the first small lumber mills were damaged or destroyed. However, when peace came, those who returned or arrived rebuilt the Brewton economy began a school and established small businesses. Into the 1870s a new European demand for lumber opened the way for creation of numerous timber and lumber operations. The Conecuh-Escambia river system became a timber artery to the Gulf.

In the 1880s Brewton became the seat of Escambia County, Alabama, and over time the county erected a series of courthouses. Paralleling actions throughout the South, Brewton developed an education system that included both public and private institutions and academies, climaxing in the 1960s with creation of the Jefferson Davis Junior College.

Geography

Brewton is located at 31°7′4″N 87°4′16″W / 31.11778°N 87.07111°W / 31.11778; -87.07111 (31.117706, -87.071164)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.5 square miles (30 km2), of which, 11.3 square miles (29 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.22%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,498 people, 2,216 households, and 1,471 families residing in the city. The population density was 485.2 people per square mile (187.4/km2). There were 2,543 housing units at an average density of 224.4 per square mile (86.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 57.60% White or Caucasian, 40.23% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,216 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,234, and the median income for a family was $43,548. Males had a median income of $37,348 versus $20,212 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,185. About 12.6% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government

The city government consists of mayor who is elected at large and five member city council who are each elected from a district.

City schools

Schools in the Brewton City School System:

Higher education

Brewton is home to Jefferson Davis Community College, a small postsecondary school that primarily awards associate's degrees.

Culture and special events

Streetlight banner proclaiming Brewton as “Home of the Alabama Blueberry Festival”

The annual Alabama Blueberry Festival is held at Burnt Corn Creek Park and downtown Brewton. Prior to 2006 it was held on the campus of Jefferson Davis Community College.

The Thomas E. McMillan Museum is housed on the campus of the Jefferson Davis Community College (http://museum.jdcc.edu/). It was founded in 1979 to chronicle life in Escambia County, Alabama. The museum includes items from 10,000-year-old fossils, to a fireside popcorn popper, to a display of cameras.

Notable natives or residents

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Coordinates: 31°07′04″N 87°04′16″W / 31.117706°N 87.071164°W / 31.117706; -87.071164