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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Trafford is located in northern Jefferson County and southern Blount County, in the central part of the state. The majority of the town lies in Jefferson County. It has a mayor/council form of government.
Log Barn, Trafford
Trafford initially called itself Union City; it grew up along the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Because another town in the state was already named Union City, town inhabitants changed it to Trafford after a prominent landowner in the area. The town was incorporated in 1948.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Trafford recorded a population of 660. Of that number, 93.8 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 3.6 percent as African American, 2.4 percent as two or more races, and 0.2 percent as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. The town's median household income was $27,868, and the per capita income was $21,540.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Trafford was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (21.0 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (16.0 percent)
  • Retail trade (12.2 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (10.5 percent)
  • Manufacturing (8.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (7.2 percent)
  • Public administration (5.0 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (5.0 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (3.3 percent)
  • Construction (3.3 percent)
  • Information (3.3 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (3.3 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.1 percent)
Students in Trafford attend Jefferson County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Local roads provide access to nearby Interstate Highway 65, five miles west of town, and State Highway 160, located five miles north of town. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is located about 15 miles south of Trafford.
Events and Places of Interest
Trafford holds an annual Christmas Parade featuring floats and food.

Additional Resources

Jefferson County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Jefferson County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2002.
Published:  July 5, 2013   |   Last updated:  January 15, 2021