Maytown is located in west-central Jefferson County in the central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Maytown was named for William Lucius May, a local doctor who donated land for construction of the first Baptist church in the community, around 1910. The community incorporated in October 1956 so that it could compete for federal funds to build its own water system. In 2012, Maytown used a $200,000 federal grant that the town then matched to construct a new, state of the art firehouse for its 22-member volunteer fire department.
Maytown's population according to the 2010 Census was 385. Of that number, 89.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 9.6 percent as African American, 0.8 percent as two or more races, and 0.3 percent as Native American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $36,250, and the per capita income was $22,326.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Maytown was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Retail trade (20.2 percent)
· Manufacturing (19.3 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (12.8 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (10.1 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (9.2 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (8.3 percent)
· Public administration (6.4 percent)
· Construction (5.5 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (4.6 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (2.8 percent)
· Information (0.9 percent)
Students in Maytown attend Jefferson County schools; the town has no public schools located within its town limits.
State Highway 269 runs along the southern border of Maytown and connects with Interstate 20/59 five miles to the southeast.
Jefferson County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Jefferson County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2002
James P. Kaetz
Published April 22, 2014
Last updated April 22, 2014