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Lauderdale County, Alabama

35630, 35633

"The Renaissance City"

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Statistics & Facts


City Attractions


Community events.



Statistics & Facts

The Alabama state capital is Montgomery.
The population of Florence is approximately 36,426 (1990), 39319 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 15,913 (1990), 17267 (2010).
The amount of land area in Florence is 60.853 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.247 sq kilometers.
The distance from Florence to Washington DC is 681 miles.
The distance to the Alabama state capital is 189 miles. (as the crow flies)
Florence is positioned 34.82 degrees north of the equator and 87.66 degrees west of the prime meridian.


on the beautiful Tennessee River in the northwest corner of the state
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One of 13 cities encompassing the "Shoals Area," Florence is the county seat of Lauderdale County. It is a "Sister City" to Florence, Italy.

Wilson Lock and Dam - one of the highest single-lift locks in the world

Renaissance Tower - provides a panoramic view of the Tennessee River and the Shoals Area,featuring a restaurant at the top and the Alabama Shoals Aquarium.

Florence Conference Center - state-of-the-art meeting facility constructed with Florence's Italian Renaissance in mind.

W.C. Handy Home and Museum - W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, was born in Florence. His home was restored and now houses memorabilia, musical instruments, and original manuscripts from someof his works.

Pope's Tavern and Museum - constructed over 150 years ago. Now a museum, the Pope's has functioned as a tavern, stage shop, and a confederate hospital.

Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts

Indian Mound and Museum - houses artifacts dating back some 10,000 years of the native Americans history.

The University of North Alabama - located in historic downtown Florence; established in 1872 as the first state supported teacher college south of the Ohio River; a 4-year institution offering academicprograms in more than 25 majors within four schools - business, education, arts & sciences, and nursing)

Northwest Shoals Community College - 2-year, state supported comprehensive community college

For more information on these and other points of interest, please contact Florence-Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141.
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Economy & Industry

Tourism is our largest industry.
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Florence Community Events

For complete information about events in Florence, please contact Florence-Lauderdale Tourism (256) 740-4141

Bassmaster Top 100 Bass Tournament (March)
Helen Keller Festival (June)
Spirit of Freedom Celebration (July)
W.C. Handy Music Festival (August)
The Alabama Renaissance Faire (October)
NCAA Division II National Championship Football Game (December)

Florence Libraries

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
218 N. Wood Ave.
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 764-6563

University of North Alabama
Collier Library
Wesleyan Ave.
Florence, AL 35632
Phone: (256) 765-4241
Toll-free: 800-TALK-UNA

Florence Schools

Florence City Schools:

Bradshaw High School
1201 Bradshaw Dr.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-8821

Coffee High School
648 N. Cherry St
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-7452

Cloverdale Junior High School
12101 Highway 157
Florence, Alabama 35633
Phone: (256) 764-4816

Hibbett Jr. High
1601 Appleby Blvd
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 767-5260

Weeden Jr. High
400 Baldwin St.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-6001

Powell Elementary
1640 Tune Ave.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-2161

Harlan Elementary
2233 McBurney Dr
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-7221

Brandon Elementary
1701 Cole St.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-8241

Forest Hills Elementary
Stovall Dr.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 766-3022


University of North Alabama
Wesleyan Ave.
Florence, AL 35632
Phone: (256) 765-4100
Toll-free: 800-TALK-UNA

Northwest Shoals Community College
800 George Wallace Blvd
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Phone: (256) 331-5200

International Bible College - 4-year programs leading to bachelors of arts degree in Bible.
3625 Helton Drive
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 766-6610

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