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Phenix City
—  City  —
View of Phenix City from a plane
Phenix City is located in Alabama
Phenix City
Location in Alabama.
Coordinates: 32°28′22″N 85°1′12″W / 32.47278°N 85.02°W / 32.47278; -85.02Coordinates: 32°28′22″N 85°1′12″W / 32.47278°N 85.02°W / 32.47278; -85.02
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Russell
Government
 - Mayor Sonny Coulter
Area
 - Total 24.8 sq mi (64.1 km2)
 - Land 24.6 sq mi (63.7 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 243 ft (74 m)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 30,067
 Density 1,139.7/sq mi (469.06/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 36867-36869
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-59472
GNIS feature ID 0155193
Website http://www.phenixcityal.us
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 2,224
1890 3,700 66.4%
1900 4,153 12.2%
1910 4,555 9.7%
1920 5,432 19.3%
1930 13,852 155.0%
1940 15,351 10.8%
1950 23,305 51.8%
1960 27,630 18.6%
1970 25,281 −8.5%
1980 26,928 6.5%
1990 25,312 −6.0%
2000 28,265 11.7%
Est. 2007 30,663 8.5%

Phenix City is a city in Russell County in the U.S. state of Alabama. Portions of Lee County are addressed as Phenix City, 36870 ZIP code, for the sole purpose that Smith's Station does not have full incorporation to annex the area. As of 2006, the population of the city was 30,067, according to Census Bureau estimates.[1] Phenix City lies in the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Lee County nominal is in the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. The city is the county seat of Russell County[2]. It is also a suburb immediately west of Downtown Columbus, Georgia which is just across the Chattahoochee River.

In 2007, BusinessWeek named Phenix City the nation's #1 Best Affordable Suburb to raise a family.[3]

Currently, the mayor is Sonny Coulter, a local businessman, and previous mayor. The city manager, who holds the task of organizational matters is Wallace Hunter.

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Geography

Phenix City is located at 32°28′22″N 85°1′12″W / 32.47278°N 85.02°W / 32.47278; -85.02 (32.472822, -85.020121)[4].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.8 square miles (64.1 km²), of which, 24.6 square miles (63.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.61%) is water.

History

In the late 19th century, Girard made up most of current downtown Phenix City, while Phenix City was mostly in Lee County. In the early 20th century, the two towns consolidated into the present Phenix City as county lines were redrawn to account for population shifts involved in the Auburn University opening and expansion.

Phenix City was notorious during the 1940s and 1950s as being a haven for organized crime, prostitution, and gambling. As a result, the city had a negative reputation, and many people still associate this legacy with Phenix City. The Tragedy and the Triumph of Phenix City, Alabama by Margaret Ann Barnes chronicles these events, which led to the small town to be known as "Sin City, USA".

In 1955, it won the All-America City Award from the National Municipal League.

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 28,265 people, 11,517 households, and 7,566 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,149.1 people per square mile (443.6/km²). There were 13,250 housing units at an average density of 538.7/sq mi (208.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.94% White, 44.97% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,517 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 22.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,720, and the median income for a family was $33,740. Males had a median income of $28,906 versus $21,348 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,619. About 18.8% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 20.6% of those age 65 or over.

Time Zone (official and observed)

Although Alabama is legally part of the Central Time Zone, Phenix City's proximity to the larger city of Columbus, Georgia means that Phenix City and areas within a 10-15 mile radius (such as Smiths Station, Alabama) observe Eastern Time on a de facto basis, including the Phenix City municipal government.

Media

There are three radio stations licensed to serve Phenix City: WURY-LP (97.1 FM), WGSY (100.1 FM), and WHAL (1460 AM). Phenix City also receives all major television and radio stations from nearby Columbus, Georgia.

In popular culture

  • Ralph J. Bryant, The first black graduate of Columbus College & C.E.O of Decatur Capital Management was born and raised in Phenix City.

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Simple English

Phenix City, Alabama
—  City  —
Coordinates: 32°28′22″N 85°1′12″W / 32.47278°N 85.02°W / 32.47278; -85.02
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Russell, Lee
Government
 - Mayor Jeff Hardin
Area
 - Total 24.8 sq mi (64.1 km2)
 - Land 24.6 sq mi (63.7 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 243 ft (74 m)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 30,067
 Density 1,139.7/sq mi (469.06/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 36867-36869
Area code(s) 334
FIPS code 01-59472
GNIS feature ID 0155193
Website http://www.phenixcityal.us

Phenix City is a city in Lee County and Russell County in the U.S. state of Alabama.

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