Vincent

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City of Vincent
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Incorporated 1897
Population 1,970
Mayor Ray McAllister
School district Shelby County Schools
Government

Vincent City Council
Vincent Fire Department
Vincent Police Department

Web site townofvincent.com
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Vincent is a city of 1,970 located on 19.1 square miles in northeastern Shelby County, with portions in St Clair and Talladega Counties. The area was originally settled on land granted to the Kidd family. A school was constructed in 1854. The town's post office was established as Propell in 1871. It was renamed after the coming of the railroads in 1888 to honor Anna Bella Vincent, a daughter of the Kidd family. The town was incorporated on February 16, 1897 with T. W. Bell as mayor. The current mayor is Ray McAllister.

A live Christmas tree planted near the town hall in 1935 by Floyd and Lallouise McGraw is now the largest and oldest living Christmas tree in the state.

Mayor James Sharbutt took office in 1949. After he stepped down in 1967 to become Shelby County District Attorney his wife, Virginia completed his term.

In 2009 a group of Vincent citizens upset about the city government's handing of their concerns about a proposed quarry petitioned for the town to be annexed into Harpersville.

Vincent is served by Vincent Elementary School and Vincent Middle High School, operated by the Shelby County SchoolShelby County School System. It has its own Vincent Police Department and a Vincent Volunteer Fire Department. The town's Lallouise Florey McGraw Public Library is located on Alabama State Highway 25. Vincent Municipal Park is located at Highway 231 and Highway 62. Gorman Park provides access to the Coosa River.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,853 people, 740 households, and 546 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.2 people per square mile. There were 806 housing units at an average density of 42.7/sq mi. The racial makeup of the town was 81% White and 17% Black.

There were 740 households out of which 33% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58% were married couples living together, 12% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26% were non-families. 24% of all households were made up of individuals and 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.5 and the average family size was 3.0.

In the town the population was spread out with 25% under the age of 18, 8% from 18 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 24% from 45 to 64, and 13% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,045, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,709 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,412. About 11% of families and 14% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18% of those under age 18 and 10% of those age 65 or over.

References

  • "Vincent, Alabama". (February 17, 2008) Wikipedia - accessed March 19, 2008
  • Foscue, Virginia O. (1989) Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 081730410X
  • Gordon, Amy (December 16, 2008) "Vincent claims state’s oldest Christmas tree." Shelby County Reporter
  • Thomas-Ogle, Marienne (August 17, 2009) "Vincent group petitions for annexation into Harpersville." The Birmingham News
  • Boatwright, Christine (October 19, 2012) "Vincent officially becomes city." Shelby County Reporter

External links

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