Winfield, Alabama

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Winfield is a city in Marion county in the U.S. state of Alabama. The population was 4,540 at the 2000 census, the second largest city in Marion County.

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History

Winfield is a small city situated in Northwest Alabama some 30 miles from the Mississippi state line. It lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range which stretches from deep south all the way to Maine. This area has an interesting history. Long before the earliest settlers arrived, Indian tribes hunted in the forest and fished in the streams and along and around Winfield. The town was originally called Needmore, but when it was incorporated in about 1897, the name was changed to Winfield in honor of General Winfield Scott. This area was once the Chickasaw Indian domain. Although there were no known Indian settlements within the county, several sites were maintained as hunting camps.

Geography and climate

Geography

Winfield is located at 33°55′42″N 87°48′29″W / 33.92833°N 87.80806°W / 33.92833; -87.80806 (33.928258, -87.807990).[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.3 square miles (42.1 km²), of which, 16.2 square miles (42.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

Climate

Winfield has a warm subtropical climate characterized by hot, dry summers, mild winters, and abundant rainfall during the late winter and spring. January sees average daily high temperatures of 53.0 °F (11.7 °C) and lows of 31.8 °F (−0.1 °C). In July the average daily high is 90.6 °F (32.6 °C) and the low is 69.2 °F (20.7 °C). Snowfall is infrequent in the area, with a yearly average of only 0.5 inches (1 cm). The average yearly rainfall in Winfield is about 52 inches (1330 mm), with March being the wettest month and October the driest.

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