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Level Plains

Claire M. Wilson, Auburn University
Level Plains is located in Dale County in the southeastern corner of the state between Fort Rucker and the city of Enterprise. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Level Plains gets its name from the flat tract of land on which it sits. The community had grown enough by the mid-1890s to warrant the building of a schoolhouse, which would serve the community until it burned in 1925. The Level Plains post office closed in 1901, but the town was large enough to support a cotton gin and a grist mill built in 1912.
After the school building burned in 1925, the town rebuilt it, but in the early 1930s the school was consolidated with the Daleville schools. The town incorporated in June 1965. Many residents are employed in jobs relating to adjacent Fort Rucker Army Base.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Level Plains recorded a population of 2,430. Of that number, 76.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 12.7 percent as Hispanic, 9.0 percent as African American, 4.7 percent as two or more races, 7.2 percent as Asian, 1.7 percent as American Indian, and 0.4 percent as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. The town's median household income was $63,676, and the per capita income was $23,471.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Level Plains was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (15.6 percent)
  • Retail trade (15.4 percent)
  • Public administration (14.4 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (12.8 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (9.8 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (8.9 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (8.1 percent)
  • Manufacturing (6.3 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (4.0 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (3.1 percent)
  • Construction (1.2 percent)
  • Information (0.4 percent)
Students in Level Plains attend Dale County schools. No public schools are located within the city limits. Enterprise Municipal Airport is located eight miles to the west and serves general aviation.
Level Plains is served by U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 134, both of which run east-west through the town, and County Road 1, which runs northeast-southwest.

Additional Resources

McGee, Val L. Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: Dale County Historical Society, 1989.
Watson, Fred S. Jr. Forgotten Trails: A History of Dale County, Alabama, 1824-1966. Birmingham, Ala.: Banner Press, 1968.
Published:  November 6, 2012   |   Last updated:  November 6, 2012