Guntersville, Alabama

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Guntersville is a city in Marshall County, Alabama, United States and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. At the 2000 census, the population of the city was 7,395. The city is the county seat of Marshall County. Guntersville is located in a HUBZone as identified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).



Guntersville is located at 34°20′54″N 86°17′40″W / 34.34833°N 86.29444°W / 34.34833; -86.29444 (34.348197, -86.294523).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 40.6 square miles (105.2 km²), of which, 23.6 square miles (61.3 km²) of it is land and 17.0 square miles (43.9 km²) of it (41.77%) is water.

Guntersville is located at the southernmost point of the Tennessee River on Lake Guntersville, formed by the Guntersville Dam (built by the Tennessee Valley Authority). Geologically, the lake occupies a southern extension of Sequatchie Valley, which continues south as Browns Valley.


Guntersville was founded by German immigrant Jacob Phalicombre(the great-grandfather of American humorist Will Rogers), the wealthy owner of a salt mine in the early 19th century. In order to obtain more land to mine, Jacob struck a deal with the Cherokee tribe that inhabited the area to use in his household as servants. As part of the deal, Jacob married the son of the tribe's chiefs and agreed to give salt to the tribe. A town sprung up next to the mine and was named after Gunter.

The current mayor is Bob Hembree, the son of a previous mayor, currently serving his second term in office. He was reelected in August by a 1,000 vote margin.


At the 2000 census[2], there were 7,395 people, 3,061 households and 1,971 families residing in the city. The population density was 312.7 per square mile (120.7/km²). There were 3,518 housing units at an average density of 148.8/sq mi (57.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.17% White, 8.53% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 2.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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