Waverly, Alabama

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Waverly is a town in Chambers and Lee Counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is located on the foothills of the Appalachian mountains and is part of the Auburn Metropolitan Area. As of 2004, the town population was 180.

Currently, Waverly has an up and running post office. Three churches are also located in Waverly, and town functions are usually sponsored by them.

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History

Waverly was settled in the 1830s as "Pea Ridge", but saw little growth until the 1870s. In 1871, the Central of Georgia railroad was extended from Opelika to Dadeville. As planned, the railroad was to take a route roughly one mile (1.6 km) north of the town. However, topographical problems forced the railroad engineer to "waver" the route to the south, passing through Pea Ridge. The townspeople, appreciative of this "waver" which gave their community a rail connection, renamed the town "Waverly". Some say the community was named for the Waverley novels of Sir Walter Scott.

Geography

Waverly is located at 32°44'8.369" North, 85°34'27.736" West (32.735658, -85.574371)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.1 km²) of it is land and 0.37% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 184 people, 76 households, and 50 families residing in the town. The population density was 67.3 people per square mile (26.0/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 31.8/sq mi (12.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.98% White and 19.02% Black or African American.

There were 76 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,917, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $26,625 versus $16,071 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,406. About 3.7% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty five or over.

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