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Christopher Maloney, Auburn University
Kinsey is located in Houston County in the southeast corner of Alabama. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Kinsey was reportedly named after Eliza Kinsey, an early postmaster. The town grew up around the Forest Home Seminary, established in 1882 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, North and provided education for grades 1-12. The school burned in 1885 and was rebuilt and renamed the Mallalieu Seminary; the campus would expand to seven acres before the school's closing in the early 1920s. Its most notable student was Robert Reynolds Jones Sr., who later founded Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The town was incorporated in August 1957 with a population of approximately 150 individuals.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Kinsey recorded a population of 2,227. Of that number, 46.3 percent of the population reported themselves as white, 47.9 percent as African American, 3.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 4.2 percent as two or more races, 0.9 percent as American Indian. The median household income was $37,500 and the per capita income was $17,852.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Kinsey was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (26.6 percent)
  • Manufacturing (11.5 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (10.7 percent)
  • Retail trade (12.5 percent)
  • Construction (6.4 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (6.7 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (8.4 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (6.5 percent)
  • Public administration (5.4 percent)Information ( 4.9 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (1.4 percent)
  • Information (0.9 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (0.8 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.7 percent)
Public education is administered by Houston County Schools. There are no public schools in Kinsey. Nearby post-secondary institutions include George C. Wallace Community College and Troy University-Dothan Campus in Dothan.
Kinsey is accessed by U.S. Highway 431, which runs north-south through the western section of the town. Headland Municipal Airport is approximately five miles to the north, and Dothan Regional Airport is approximately 10 miles to the west.
Events and Places of Interest
The town's proximity to Dothan provides numerous cultural and recreational opportunities. Landmark Park, the official museum of agriculture in Alabama, and the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, in particular are located quite close to Kinsey.
Published:  July 1, 2014   |   Last updated:  September 2, 2020