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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Hytop is located in west-central Jackson County. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Hytop is located on the Cumberland Plateau about five miles from the state line. The first post office was established there in 1894, with William Mashburn Sr. serving as its first postmaster. It was incorporated in 1991.
Hytop's population according to the 2010 Census was 354. Of that number, 91.5 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 4.5 percent as Native American, 3.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.3 percent as African American, and 0.3 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $39,583, and the per capita income was $18,147.
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Hytop was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Manufacturing (21.9 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (13.0 percent)
· Retail trade (11.8 percent)
· Public administration (11.8 percent)
· Construction (7.7 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (7.7 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (7.1 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (5.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (5.3   percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (4.7 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (3.0 percent)
Students in Hytop attend Jackson County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
State Highway 79 bisects Hytop running north-south. County Highway 245 exits town running south.
Events and Places of Interest
The Walls of Jericho, a popular hiking trail, is located about two miles north of Hytop, which bills itself as "The Gateway to the Walls of Jericho." The area was recently designated a national recreation trail. Hytop is located about 6 miles northeast of the James D. Martin-Skyline Wildlife Management Area Firing Range operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Additional Resources
Kennamer, John Robert, Sr. History of Jackson County, Alabama. 1935. Reprint, Scottsboro, Ala.: Jackson County Historical Association, 1993.
Published:  September 9, 2016   |   Last updated:  September 9, 2016