Powell was founded in 1905 by merchant "Doc" Powell, who purchased 500 acres of land in the area and built a store. A school quickly followed as other families settled the area, with Powell's store as the center of the community. The town today remains much as it was when founded.
Powell's population according to the 2010 Census was 955. Of that number, 92.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 4.3 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 2.4 percent as two or more races, 2.3 percent as African American, and1.2 percent as Native American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $46,875, and the per capita income was $13,109.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Powell was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Construction (18.7 percent)
· Retail trade (16.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (11.8 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (11.3 percent)
· Manufacturing (10.6 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (7.8 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (5.5 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (5.5 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.8 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.3 percent)
· Public administration (0.5 percent)
Students in Powell attend DeKalb County Schools; no public schools are located within the city limits.
State Highway 35 runs northwest/southeast through Powell, and County Road 47 runs northeast/southwest.
DeKalb County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Dekalb County, Alabama. Vol. 1. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
James P. Kaetz
Published August 16, 2012
Last updated August 16, 2012