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Florence is a city in Lauderdale County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the city in Italy.

The latitude of Florence is 34.799N. The longitude is -87.677W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 548 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 35,852.


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Median household income
Local
$28,330
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Florence demographic reports
Florence is on two lakes formed by TVA dams on the Tennessee River.
Once a busy cotton market.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 166. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· William C. Handy, musician
· Arthur Alexander, singer
Local festivals include:
  • W. C. Handy Music Festival - July 22-28, 2007
  • Frontier Day - June 2-3, 2007
  • Wagon Festival - May 19-20, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • Arts Alive Festival - May 19-20, 2007
  • Shoals Dulcimer & Folk Music Festival - May 1-31, 2007
  • W.C. Handy Birthday Celebration - Nov. 16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Florence web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Rosenbaum House, Indian Mound Museum, W.C. Handy Home, Museum and Library, Pope's Tavern Museum, Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House
Colleges and universities: University of North Alabama
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 59

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Florence demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lauderdale County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Florence area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 35634 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Florence residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Florence ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Florence was $19,464, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

25% of Florence residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Florence include Walnut Street Historic District, Wood Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Florence, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $321.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $797.


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Libraries in Florence include Florence-Lauderdale Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Florence include Florence Times Daily

TV stations in Florence include WBCF-LP, WFIQ, WHDF, WXFL-LP, WYLE.

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Lauderdale County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Florence political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Florence workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Florence between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Good things about Florence: beautiful, tree-lined streets; an excellent high school with good college prep; reasonably priced small state university with most classes taught by professors [not graduate students]; good access to outdoor activities such as golfing, fishing, boating, hiking; low property taxes; housing costs low...

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