Berry, Alabama

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Berry, Alabama
Location of Berry in Fayette County, Alabama.
Location of Berry in Fayette County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 33°39′28″N 87°36′21″W / 33.65778°N 87.60583°W / 33.65778; -87.60583
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountyFayette
Area
 • Total10.77 sq mi (27.90 km2)
 • Land10.77 sq mi (27.88 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
463 ft (141 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,148
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
1,095
 • Density101.71/sq mi (39.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
35546
Area code(s)205, 659
FIPS code01-05932
GNIS feature ID0113954
Websitetownofberryalabama.org

Berry is a town in Fayette County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 1,148,[3] down from 1,238 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

The town was named for Thompson Berry, a local landowner.[4] The town incorporated in 1883 as "Berry Station".[5] However, the first elections were not held until 1899 and the town did not appear on the U.S. Census until 1900. In the 1920s, it shortened its name to Berry. On April 27, 2011, the town was struck twice by tornadoes.

Geography[edit]

Berry is located in southeastern Fayette County at 33°39′28″N 87°36′22″W / 33.65778°N 87.60611°W / 33.65778; -87.60611 (33.657836, -87.606084).[6] Alabama State Route 18 runs through the town, leading west 17 miles (27 km) to Fayette, the county seat, and east 16 miles (26 km) to Oakman.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.8 square miles (27.9 km2), of which 0.006 square miles (0.015 km2), or 0.05%, is water.[3] The town lies between the North River and its tributary, Cedar Creek. It is part of the watershed of the Black Warrior River, the principal tributary of the Tombigbee River.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900245
191037251.8%
192049132.0%
19305001.8%
194063927.8%
195071511.9%
1960645−9.8%
19706795.3%
198091634.9%
19901,21833.0%
20001,2381.6%
20101,148−7.3%
2019 (est.)1,095[2]−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[8]

At the 2000 census there were 1,238 people, 516 households, and 352 families living in the town. The population density was 110.8 people per square mile (42.8/km2). There were 574 housing units at an average density of 51.4 per square mile (19.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.44% White, 6.38% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.05% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9] Of the 516 households 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 29.7% of households were one person and 13.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96.

The age distribution was 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.

The median household income was $20,214 and the median family income was $26,083. Males had a median income of $28,500 versus $20,714 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,635. About 31.4% of families and 32.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.1% of those under age 18 and 30.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census there were 1,148 people, 506 households, and 316 families living in the town. The population density was 110 people per square mile (42/km2). There were 596 housing units at an average density of 53.2 per square mile (20/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.8% White, 7.4% Black or African American, 0.0% Native American, .6% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. .8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[10] Of the 506 households 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 35.2% of households were one person and 14.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.

The age distribution was 24.5% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% 65 or older. The median age was 40.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median household income was $20,792 and the median family income was $32,350. Males had a median income of $26,346 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,960. About 20.8% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 29.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The town of Berry has one elementary school and one high school. Berry Elementary School has grades Pre-K-6. Berry High School includes grades 7-12. The mascot for both schools is the wildcat.

Industry[edit]

Berry has the headquarters of Stallion Trailers, Pittsburgh-Midway Chevron Mine, and Piggly Wiggly Grocers. Small businesses such as shops and restaurants also contribute to the town's economy. The Bank of Berry, founded in 1911, was privately owned until 2002, when it was purchased by First National Bank of Hamilton.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Berry town, Alabama". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fast facts about Berry". The Tuscaloosa News. June 9, 2002. pp. 6B. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-3342
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  11. ^ Bullard, Benjamin (2012-11-30). "Former first lady Jamelle Folsom remembered (Updated with 2004 Times interview)". Cullman Times. Archived from the original on 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2012-12-30.

Coordinates: 33°39′28″N 87°36′22″W / 33.657836°N 87.606084°W / 33.657836; -87.606084