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Argo

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Argo is located in west-central St. Clair County and northeast Jefferson County in the central part of the state; most of the town lies in St. Clair County. It has a mayor/city council form of government. The town of Argo should not be confused with an unincorporated community of the same name in Walker County.
History
Argo City Hall and Fire Department
The Argo area was settled as early as 1818, when St. Clair County was created. It was one of the towns located on the Old Georgia Road, which later became U.S. Highway 11. In 1871, a rail line, most likely on the Great Southern Railroad (later part of the Norfolk Southern Railroad) was built through the town. Resident James R. Massey operated several businesses in town in the 1880s, including a grist mill, a blacksmith shop, and a cotton gin. Argo incorporated in February 1987 and elected its first town officials in April of that year.
Demographics
According to 2020 Census estimates, Argo recorded a population of 4,294. Of that number, 87.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 8.3 percent as Hispanic, and 6.1 percent as African American. The town's median household income was $76,479, and the per capita income was $31,978.
Employment
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Argo was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (22.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (13.0 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (11.6 percent)
  • Public administration (9.0 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (8.6 percent)
  • Retail trade (6.2 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (6.1 percent)
  • Construction (5.9 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.0 percent)
  • Manufacturing (4.4 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (4.1 percent)
  • Information (3.7 percent)
Education
Students in Argo attend St. Clair County schools; no public schools lie within the town limits.
Transportation
Interstate Highway 59 runs southwest-northeast through Argo; U.S. Highway 11/State Highway 7 runs through town in the same direction. County Road 6 runs southeast from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Argo maintains one city park that features a children's area, a running track with varying levels of difficulty, and a pavilion. Argo also has a Senior Center.

Additional Resources

St. Clair County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of St. Clair County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1998.
Published:  April 12, 2013   |   Last updated:  November 29, 2022