Talladega, Alabama

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Talladega (pronounced /ˌtæləˈdɪɡə/) is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 15,143. The city is the county seat of Talladega County[1]. Talladega is approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama.

The city is home to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, Talladega Superspeedway, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The Talladega Municipal Airport, a public general aviation airport, is also located within the city limits. Only the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is located in the City Limits of Talladega.

Talladega is a Muscogee (Creek) Native American word derived from TVLVTEKE. While the town's name is pronounced /ˌtæləˈdɪɡə/ by local inhabitants, the racetrack's name is pronounced /ˌtæləˈdeɪɡə/ by auto racing fans. http://www.alabamagenealogy.org/talladega/talladega-name.html "The source of this name is Creek 'talwa' [dot over the "a"], town, and 'atigi' [another dot over the "a"], border -- 'Border Town' -- a town indicating its location on the boundary between the lands of the Creek tribe and those of the Natchez.

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Geography

Talladega is located at 33°26′5″N 86°6′5″W / 33.43472°N 86.10139°W / 33.43472; -86.10139 (33.434728, -86.101299)[2].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.9 square miles (62.0 km²), of which, 23.9 square miles (61.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.29%) is water. The mayor of Talladega is Brian York.

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