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Reece City

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Reece City is located in central Etowah County in the northeastern corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
The first non-Indian settlers in the Little Wills Valley, where Reece City is now located, arrived in 1835. The first post office opened in October 1884, and the settlement was called Hill; in 1903, the name was changed to Reeceville after an early settler in the area. The community remained unincorporated until early 1956, when a group began a movement to incorporate the town. People in a six-mile area were polled about their interest in being included in the incorporated town's borders, and in May 1956 the incorporation was approved by voters. The town was renamed Reece City at this time.
Since that time the town has built a city hall, established a water system, and contracted to provide gas through Alabama Gas Corporation, as well as established a volunteer fire department.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Reece City recorded a population of 6,454. Of that number, 95.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 1.2 percent as two or more races, and 3.2 percent as Asian. The town's median household income was $44,938, and the per capita income was $22,417.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Reece City was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (26.9 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (15.6 percent)
  • Retail trade (12.5 percent)
  • Public administration (7.3 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.9 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (6.7 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (5.8 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (4.4 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (4.0 percent)
  • Construction (2.9 percent)
  • Information (2.5 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (1.5 percent)
Students in Reece City attend Etowah County schools; no public schools are located in Reece City.
Interstate Highway 59 runs northeast-southwest either through or parallel to the city limits of Reece City. U.S. Highway 11/State Highway 211 runs parallel and just to the northwest of Interstate 59.
Events and Places of Interest
Reece City maintains one city park that features a walking trail.

Additional Resources

Etowah County Centennial Committee. A History of Etowah County, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts and Sons, 1968.
Etowah County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Etowah County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants Inc., 1999.
Published:  January 13, 2013   |   Last updated:  October 28, 2020