Robertsdale


Robertsdale is located in the southwest section of Baldwin County, in the southwestern corner of Alabama. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., was raised in Robertsdale.

History 

Robertsdale was founded after the Louisville and Nashville Railroad ran a line through the area in 1905. The Southern Plantation Development Corporation of Chicago, Illinois, founded the town and named it Robertsdale after B. F. Roberts, an official of the company.

A post office was established in 1905, and the town incorporated in 1921. The agriculture and timber industries were early economic drivers for the area.

Demographics 

Robertsdale's population according to the 2010 Census was 5,276. Of that number, 85.3 percent identified themselves as white, 9.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 5.4 percent as black, 1.9 percent as two or more races, 0.8 percent as Native American, and 0.5 percent as Asian. The town's median household income according to 2010 estimates was $41,750 and the per capita income was $20,696.

Employment 

Robertsdale's work force, according to 2010 estimates, was divided among the following industrial categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (18.6   percent)
· Retail trade (12.4 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (11.0 percent)
· Construction (10.0 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (9.4 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (8.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (7.0 percent)
· Manufacturing (6.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (5.2 percent)
· Public administration (4.6 percent)
· Information (3.2 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (2.4 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.2 percent)

Leading employers in the area include Ball Healthcare Services Inc., Quality Filters Inc., Oasis Travel Center LLC, and Bay Wood products Inc.

Education 

Schools in Robertsdale are part of the Baldwin County School District; the town has approximately 2,670 students and 143 teachers in three elementary schools and one high school. Three private schools in the area serve approximately 548 students with 35 teachers.

Transportation 

State Highway 59 runs north-south through the city, and State Highway 104 runs east-west. The Navy Outlying Field Summerdale Airport is located on the southeastern side of the town.

Events and Places of Interest 

Robertsdale has one municipal park complex that features multiple baseball and softball venues and six other city parks with tennis courts, soccer/football fields, baseball and softball fields, horseshoe courts, a volleyball court, walking trails, an armed forces memorial, playground equipment, and a covered pavilion.

Additional Resources 

Baldwin County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Baldwin County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2001.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published February 13, 2012
Last updated September 19, 2014