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Tarrant Alabama


Tarrant is a city in Birmingham, Alabama, United States southeast of Fultondale. At the 2000 census the population was 7,022.


Tarrant is located at 33°35′15″N 86°45′58″W / 33.5875°N 86.76611°W / 33.5875; -86.76611 (33.587546, -86.766219)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.5 kmē), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.5 kmē) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (0.63%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,022 people, 2,896 households, and 1,922 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,104.7 people per square mile (426.3/kmē). There were 3,277 housing units at an average density of 515.5/sq mi (198.9/kmē). The racial makeup of the city was 79.14% White, 18.73% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,896 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,380, and the median income for a family was $32,392. Males had a median income of $30,015 versus $22,215 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,149. About 14.9% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.8% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.


A contest was held to name the new town in 1915. Several people suggested Tarrant in honor of Benjamin Tarrant, who had lived in this community most of his life. Other sources claim the city was named for Felix I. Tarrant, President of National Cast Iron Pipe Company, which built the first major industrial plant in the area in 1912.[3] On August 17, 1918 Tarrant became an incorporated city. Its first mayor was G. W. Thompson. The first census was taken in 1920 and gave Tarrant a population of 734.


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