The city of Moody is located in St. Clair County in the northeastern portion of the state to the northeast of the city of Birmingham. It has a mayor/council form of government.
The first home in what is now Moody was constructed in 1820 by Epps Moody, who had moved there from North Carolina and for whom the town is named. Other North Carolina acquaintances of Moody soon followed him to Alabama. The town originally was called Moody's Crossroads because it grew up along two roads that intersected there.
During the Civil War, most Moody residents were pro-Union as none of them owned any enslaved people, and several of the men were drafted into the Confederate Army against their will. At least one deserted and served in the Union army. After the war, the town grew quickly with the addition of a gristmill and several stores.
The first school was constructed in Moody in 1879, with about 50 students. Moody was officially incorporated in 1962. The city has grown considerably in recent years as people who work in Birmingham have moved there.
According to the 2010 Census, Moody had a population of 10,053. Of that number, 88.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 7.8 percent as African American, 2.1 percent as Hispanic, 1.5 percent as two or more races, 1.4 percent as Asian, and 0.3 percent as Native American. The town's median household income, according to 2009 Census estimates, was $53,213, and the per capita income was $21,794.
According to 2009 Census estimates, the work force in Moody was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (19.5 percent)
· Retail trade (16.7 percent)
· Manufacturing (10.2 percent)
· Finance and insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (9.3 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (9.0 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management services (8.4 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (6.6 percent)
· Construction (6.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (5.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.4 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.7 percent)
· Public administration (1.1 percent)
· Information (0.5 percent)
Moody schools are part of the St. Clair County School System. They served approximately 2,060 students and employ 115 teachers in one elementary school, one middle school, one junior high school, and one high school. The town also supports one private academy.
Moody is bisected by U.S. Highway 411, which runs northeast-southwest through the town and connects with Interstate 20 to the south.
Events and Places of Interest
Moody maintains a number of parks and recreational venues for its citizens, including eleven athletic fields, a walking track, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, two pavilions, and a special field for disabled children and adults.
The city holds an annual Oktoberfest the last Saturday in October that features food vendors, live entertainment, a costume
contest, and arts and crafts vendors.
St. Clair County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of St. Clair County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
Crow, Mattie Lou Teague. History of St. Clair County, Alabama. Huntsville, Ala.: Strode Publishers, 1973.
James P. Kaetz
Published September 11, 2012
Last updated September 24, 2012