—  City  —
Country United States
State Alabama
County Henry
 - Mayor Ryan Blalock
 - Total 15.6 sq mi (40.4 km2)
 - Land 15.5 sq mi (40.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.32%
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2007)[1]
 - Total 2,944
 - Density 192/sq mi (74.1/km2)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36310
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-00124

Abbeville is a city in Henry County, Alabama, United States. It is part of the Dothan, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2000 census, the population was 2,987. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 2,963. [2] The city is the county seat of Henry County. It is the first city alphabetically, both by city and state, in the Rand McNally Road Atlas. It is home to two high schools: Abbeville High School and Abbeville Christian Academy. It holds chapters of the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.


Abbeville is located at (31.566367, -85.251300)[2].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.4 km²), of which, 15.6 square miles (40.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.32%) is water.


In 1944, an activist Afro-American woman was gang-raped by six white men. The men admitted the rape to authorities. Subsequently two grand juries declined to indict the men. This was documented in the book, At the Dark End of the Street.[3][4]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,987 people, 1,172 households, and 787 families residing in the city. The population density was 192.0 people per square mile (74.1/km²). There were 1,353 housing units at an average density of 86.9 per square mile (33.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.65% White, 39.94% Black or African American, 0.07% Asian, 2.85% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 3.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.

There were 1,172 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,266, and the median income for a family was $37,917. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $20,603 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,215. About 17.3% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 29.6% of those age 65 or over.


Abbeville is governed via a mayor-council government. The mayor is elected at large. The city council consists of five members who are elected from districts.

Education Edit

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Abbeville is a part of the Henry County Public Schools system.

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Henry County
County seat Abbeville
Cities Abbeville · Headland
Towns Haleburg · Newville
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