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Clayhatchee

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Clayhatchee is located in southwest Dale County, in the southeast corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Settlers began coming to the Clayhatchee area as early as the 1830s. By 1878, the community had expanded enough that Thomas Sidney Mills, a returning Civil War veteran, applied for a post office to be opened there. After it was granted, the post office's name was created from a combination of "Clay" from Little Claybank Creek and "hatchee" from the Choctawhatchee River to form Clayhatchee. Clayhatchee was incorporated in April 1967. The town hall was built in 1972.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Clayhatchee recorded a population of 483. Of that number, 90.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 5.8 percent as African American, 2.7 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 2.3 percent as two or more races, 0.4 percent as Asian, 0.4 as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 0.1 percent as American Indian and Alaska Native,. The town's median household income was $31,875, and the per capita income was $19,568.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Clayhatchee was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Public administration (14.2 percent)
· Retail trade (13.7 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.6 percent)
· Construction (12.0 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (10.4   percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (8.7 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (7.1 percent)
· Manufacturing (6.6 percent)
· Information (4.9 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (3.8 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (3.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.6 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.1 percent)
Education
Students in Clayhatchee attend Dale County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
State Highway 92 bisects Clayhatchee running east-west, and State Highway 85 runs north from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Clayhatchee maintains a community center and one municipal park, which was built in 1975.

Additional Resources

Dale County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Dale County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2001.
McGee, Val L. Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: Dale County Historical Society, Inc., 1989.
Published:  April 4, 2013   |   Last updated:  January 29, 2019