Emelle, Alabama

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Emelle is a town in Sumter County, Alabama, United States. It was named after the daughters of the man who donated the land for the town. The town was started in the 19th century but not incorporated until the 1980s. The daughters of the man who donated were named Emma Dial and Ella Dial, so he combined the two names to create Emelle. Emelle was famous for their great cotton. The first mayor of Emelle was James Dailey. He served 2 terms. The current mayor is Roy Willingham Sr. The population was only 31 at the 2000 census. The town is known for being the site of the largest hazardous waste landfill in the United States, operated by Waste Management, Inc. That hazardous waste disposal facility was the subject of a case decided by the United States Supreme Court, Chemical Waste Management, Inc. v. Hunt, 504 U.S. 334 (1992).



Emelle is located at 32°43′48″N 88°18′52″W / 32.729882°N 88.314333°W / 32.729882; -88.314333.[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 31 people, 15 households, and 10 families residing in the town. The population density was 142.9 people per square mile (54.4/km²). There were 16 housing units at an average density of 73.8/sq mi (28.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 6.45% White and 93.55% Black or African American.

There were 15 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.60.

In the town, the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 41.9% from 45 to 64, and 3.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 63.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 57.1 males.

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