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Florence, Alabama

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Florence, Alabama
—  City  —
O'Neal Bridge and the Tennessee River with the Florence skyline in the background.
Nickname(s): "Alabama's Renaissance City"
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Lauderdale
Government
 - Type Mayor/Council (Since 1984)
 - Mayor Bobby Irons
Area
 - City 25 sq mi (64.8 km2)
 - Land 24.9 sq mi (64.6 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 548 ft (167 m)
Population (2006)[1]
 - City 36,721
 - Density 1,450.6/sq mi (566.68/km2)
 - Metro 140,049
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 35630-35634
Area code(s) 256
FIPS code 01-26896
GNIS feature ID 0118442
Website http://www.ci.florence.al.us/

Florence is a city in and the county seat of Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the northwestern corner of the state.

According to the 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the city's population was 36,721.[1]

Florence is the largest and principal city of the Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals" (which includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Florence is considered the primary economic hub of northwestern Alabama.

Florence is renowned for its annual tourism events, including W.C. Handy Music Festival in the summer, and the Renaissance Faire in the autumn. Landmarks in Florence include the Rosenbaum House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home located in Alabama.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 36,264 people, 15,820 households, and 9,555 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,454.6 people per square mile (561.6/km²). There were 17,707 housing units at an average density of 710.2/sq mi (274.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.39% White, 19.20% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,820 households, out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them: 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. Nearly 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20, and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 13.7% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,330, and the median income for a family was $40,577. Males had a median income of $34,398 versus $21,385 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,464. About 14.4% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.


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