Sheffield, Alabama

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Sheffield is a city in Colbert County, Alabama, United States, and is included in The Shoals MSA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 9,652. Sheffield is the birthplace of notable attorney, actor, former senator and presidential contender Fred Thompson. It is also home to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio where many popular twentieth century musicians recorded their work.



Sheffield is located at 34°45′35″N 87°41′41″W / 34.75972°N 87.69472°W / 34.75972; -87.69472 (34.759721, -87.694592)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.46%) is water.

Sheffield was the home of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios at 3614 Jackson Highway and later at 1000 Alabama Avenue. Cher, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simon & Garfunkle, The Staple Singers and many others recorded the biggest hits of their careers in this small studio, that remains well known and respected throughout the music industry.

Sheffield, at the Spring Creek boat launch and park area was also recognized as one of the Colbert County sites of embarkation, by riverboat and barge from the southern side of the Tennessee River en route to Waterloo, Alabama, on the north side, during the historical relocation of Eastern and Southern United States Indian Tribes, known as "The Trail Of Tears".


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,652 people, 4,243 households, and 2,711 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,471.4 people per square mile (568.1/km²). There were 4,760 housing units at an average density of 725.6/sq mi (280.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.21% White, 26.21% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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