Vance, Alabama

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Vance is a town in Bibb and Tuscaloosa Counties in the U.S. state of Alabama, just outside of the city of Tuscaloosa. It is most famous for the Mercedes-Benz plant, currently the only one in North America. The current mayor of Vance is Keith Mahaffey.

The Tuscaloosa County portion of Vance is part of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Bibb County portion is part of the BirminghamHoover Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The town of Vance was first settled in 1830 by David M. Lindley. At that time, the town was called Trion and it was a trading post on the Old Huntsville Road.

In 1872, Trion was renamed Smallwood in honor of sawmill owner Charles Smallwood.

In 1879, Smallwood was renamed its current name Vance in honor of Dr. William Vance of North Carolina.[citation needed]

Council Members

  • Mayor - Keith Mahaffey
  • Place 1 - Lou Evelyn White
  • Place 2 - Leo Minor
  • Place 3 - Debbie Nichols
  • Place 4 - Brenda Morrison
  • Place 5 - Dianne Averett
  • Town Clerk - Tracy Burt
  • CB Police - Lucas Vance


Vance is located at 33°9'52.276" North, 87°13'54.185" West (33.164521, -87.231718)[2].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.1 km²), all of it land.


  • Average Annual Rainfall - 54.9"


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