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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Snead is located in Blount County in the northeast portion of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
The Snead area was settled as early as 1839, when the federal government deeded land to John Jackson. In 1853, physician G. W. White purchased land and built a water-powered flour and grist mill next to the falls on the Warrior River. In 1874, White built a store in the community.
The first post office opened in 1882, and the town was named Snead after its first postmaster, John Snead. Snead later founded Snead Seminary in Boaz, Marshall County, which has evolved into Snead State Community College. Snead was incorporated in 1966.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Snead recorded a population of 710. Of that number, 98.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.8 percent as Hispanic, and 1.1 percent as African American. The town's median household income was $37,019, and the per capita income was $22,370.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Snead was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (23.0 percent)
  • Manufacturing (18.4 percent)
  • Retail trade (16.7 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (11.0 percent)
  • Construction (6.0 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (5.7 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (5.3 percent)
  • Public administration (5.0 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (2.1 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (2.1 percent)
  • Information (1.8 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (1.4 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (1.4 percent)
There are no public schools in Snead. Students attend nearby Blount County Public Schools.
Snead is bisected by State Highway 75, which runs northeast-southwest through the center of town, and U.S. Highway/State Highway 74, which runs northwest-southeast through the center of town.
Events and Places of Interest
The Stracener Bridge on County Road 14 is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Additional Resources

Blount County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Blount County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
Published:  November 13, 2012   |   Last updated:  November 2, 2020