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Coker

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Coker is located in central Tuscaloosa County in the west-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Coker was incorporated in 1999.
Demographics
Coker's population according to the 2010 Census was 979. Of that number, 95.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.0 percent as African American, 1.8 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.9 percent as Asian, 0.2 percent as Native American, and 0.1 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $48,393, and the per capita income was $21,321.
Employment
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Coker was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (19.2 percent)
· Retail trade (10.1 percent)
· Construction (4.8 percent)
· Manufacturing (24.5 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (11.4   percent)
· Public administration (7.9 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (6.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (4.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (2.7 percent)
· Information (2.6 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (2.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.9 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.8 percent)
Education
Schools in Coker are part of the Tuscaloosa County school system; the town has one elementary school. The University of Alabama, Stillman College, and Shelton State Community College are located in nearby Tuscaloosa.
Transportation
U.S. Highway 82/State Highway 6 bisects Coker running northeast-southwest. The Tuscaloosa Regional Airport is located just to the southeast. The Alabama Southern Railway operates a rail line through Coker.
Events and Places of Interest
Coker holds an annual County Fair and Festival in May. Lake Lurleen State Park is located about five miles north of Coker and offers boating, camping, and fishing activities The Big Creek Cemetery and Church Site (ca. 1833) near Coker is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources

Tuscaloosa County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  June 12, 2017   |   Last updated:  June 12, 2017