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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.
Coker was incorporated in 1999.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Coker recorded a population of 979. Of that number, 96.8 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 0.5 percent as African American, 1.7 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.2 percent as Native American, and 0.7 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income was $47,917, and the per capita income was $24,565.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Coker was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (32.5 percent)
· Construction (11.1 percent)
· Manufacturing (9.2 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (7.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (7.5 percent)
· Retail trade (6.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.6   percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (4.6 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (3.9 percent)
· Public administration (3.6 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (3.0 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.9 percent)
· Information (0.7 percent)
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.
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:  January 30, 2019