Oxford, Alabama

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Oxford is a city in Calhoun and Talladega counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. The population was 14,592 at the 2000 census. Oxford is one of two principal cities of and included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Oxford is located at 33°35′49.578″N 80°50′19.972″W / 33.597105°N 80.83888111°W / 33.597105; -80.83888111 (33.597105, -85.838881).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.3 square miles (47.4 km²), of which, 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.38%) is water.

Oxford lies among the foothills at the southern end of the Blue Ridge mountains. Nearby Mount Cheaha is Alabama's highest point and offers expansive views of the surrounding wilderness and the city below. Much of the city's southern border is shared with the Talladega National Forest.

Major bodies of water include Oxford Lake, Lake Hillabee, Snows Creek and Choccolocco Creek, which bisects the city.


Oxford was the first city in Calhoun County to be incorporated. It was founded in the early 1850s. Since 1970 Oxford has annexed large amounts of land to the south, including the communities of Coldwater and Bynum. In 1970 it was all in Calhoun County but today it includes areas in Talladega County.[2]


Oxford features a Mayor-Council form of government. Mayor Leon Smith is currently serving his seventh term, having been elected to the post in 1984. The five-member Council includes Phil Gardner (Place 1), June Land Reaves (Place 2), Mitch Key (Place 3), Chris Spurlin (Place 4), and Steven Waits (Place 5). Spurlin serves as the Council President. The mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms (coinciding with presidential election years). [1]

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