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Enterprise Alabama History

The founder of Enterprise, John Henry Carmichael, moved to Coffee County and settled in the area in 1881. Carmichael built a small store on what is now North Main Street. In 1882 as others moved to the area, the post office was moved from Drake Eye, located about 5 miles north, to Carmichael’s new community. Enterprise was incorporated in 1896 with a population of 250. Two years later the Alabama Midland Railway Company located in Enterprise and with it came growth and progress. By 1906 the population grew to 3,750. 

The world’s only monument to an agricultural pest, the boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise Alabama

Property was threatened in 1915 as the Mexican boll Weevil found its way into Alabama from Texas and wreaked havoc on the cotton crop. In Coffee County, almost 60 percent of the cotton production was destroyed. Farmers faced bankruptcy and the area economy was at stake. Farmers turned to peanuts and other crops to overcome the damage brought by the boll weevil.
By 1917, Coffee County produced and harvested more peanuts than any other county in the nation. (In 1993, Coffee County ranked 4th in the state of Alabama with 128,000 acres planted in peanuts.) In gratitude for the lessons taught, residents erected the world’s only monument to an agricultural pest, the boll Weevil Monument. The monument, dedicated on December 11, 1919, stands in the center of the downtown district at the intersection of Main Street and College Street. The Boll Weevil Monument is a symbol of man’s willingness and ability to adjust to adversity. Citizens continue to remind visitors and newcomers to the city the lesson of the boll weevil.
The base of the monument is inscribed: “in profound appreciation of the boll weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama. “

Enterprise Alabama Map

Enterprise Alabama Events

Enterprise Alabama Boll Weevil Festival

Vendors and local shops, live music, local community performers, food, and kids activities including a costume contest for kids up to 12!
Free admission. Hours: 9am-3pm

Contact Enterprise Chamber of Commerce for date each year.

Enterprise Alabama Things To Do

Johnny Henderson Park Trail

Southern Broadway Dinner Theater & Event Center

All About Art

Enterprise Miniature Golf

Enterprise Alabama Demographics

Enterprise Alabama Population
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018)NA4,887,871
Population estimates, July 1, 2017, (V2017)28,2474,874,747
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018)NA4,780,138
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2017)26,6104,780,135
Population, percent change – April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2018, (V2018)NA2.3%
Population, percent change – April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2017, (V2017)6.2%2.0%
Population, Census, April 1, 201026,5624,779,736
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent7.1%6.0%
Persons under 18 years, percent25.4%22.5%
Persons 65 years and over, percent14.5%16.5%
Female persons, percent51.5%51.6%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent72.1%69.2%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)21.7%26.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.5%0.7%
Asian alone, percent(a)1.7%1.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%0.1%
Two or More Races, percent3.0%1.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)8.5%4.3%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent65.0%65.6%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2013-20174,071341,642
Foreign born persons, percent, 2013-20174.8%3.5%
Housing units, July 1, 2017, (V2017)X2,258,596
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2013-201757.5%68.6%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017$171,900$132,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2013-2017$1,182$1,149
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2013-2017$364$348
Median gross rent, 2013-2017$819$747
Building permits, 2017X14,799
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2013-201710,7401,856,695
Persons per household, 2013-20172.562.55
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2013-201779.3%85.8%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2013-20178.3%5.1%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2013-201787.9%81.4%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2013-201781.6%70.2%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-201789.4%85.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-201729.1%24.5%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2013-201710.9%11.7%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent10.6%11.1%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-201758.7%57.3%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-201756.3%52.4%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)58,2727,576,462
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)145,97126,039,632
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)D124,809,759
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)13,64057,746,565
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)521,27258,564,965
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$18,758$12,145
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2013-201719.024.6
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017$54,304$46,472
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017$27,949$25,746
Persons in poverty, percent15.6%16.9%
Total employer establishments, 2016X99,5841
Total employment, 2016X1,673,2491
Total annual payroll, 2016 ($1,000)X68,970,6231
Total employment, percent change, 2015-2016X2.4%1
Total nonemployer establishments, 2016X324,994
All firms, 20122,262374,153
Men-owned firms, 2012951203,604
Women-owned firms, 20121,090137,630
Minority-owned firms, 201253692,219
Nonminority-owned firms, 20121,614272,651
Veteran-owned firms, 201231041,943
Nonveteran-owned firms, 20121,764316,984
Population per square mile, 2010850.294.4
Land area in square miles, 201031.2450,645.33
FIPS Code012418401

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