The Babbie area was settled first in the 1830s and by 1851 had its first church. Farming was the main driver of the local economy, but early businesses included a grist mill, a cotton gin, a feed mill, and a sawmill. The Alabama and Florida Railroad (later part of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad) built a line through the town in 1901, and Babbie served as a flag stop. Local sources allege that the town's name is a variation of "baby" because it was so small at the time. The Babbie school was built in the early 1900s, and a post office opened in 1902, closing nine years later. Babbie today remains largely a farming community.
Babbie's population according to the 2010 Census was 603. Of that number, percent of 96.7 respondents identified themselves as white, 1.7 percent as two or more races, 1.5 percent as Asian, and 0.2 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was 46,875, and the per capita income was $19,170.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Babbie was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (26.1 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (13.1 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.3 percent)
· Construction (11.2 percent)
· Retail trade (10.1 percent)
· Public administration (7.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (7.1 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.6 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (4.5 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (1.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.1 percent)
Students in Babbie attend Covington County Schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Interstate 84 runs east-west along the southern border of the town, County Road 77 bisects Babbie going north-south, and County Road 42 runs east through the northern part of town and then turns southeast to exit the town. South Alabama Regional Airport is located approximately 5 miles to the northeast.
Events and Places of Interest
The Bethel Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Bryan, Gus J. and Ruby R. Bryan. Covington County History, 1821-1976. Opp, Ala.: Opp Historical Society, Inc., 1983.
Covington County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Covington County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2003.
James P. Kaetz
Published February 19, 2013
Last updated February 20, 2013