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Hytop

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Walls of Jericho
Hytop is located in west-central Jackson County. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
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.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Hytop recorded a population of 424. Of that number, 95.5 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.1 percent as Asian, 1.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 0.9 percent as two or more races, and 0.5 percent as American Indian. The town's median household income was $40,156, and the per capita income was $18,663.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Hytop was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (44.5 percent)
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance (14.0 percent)
  • Retail trade (10.4 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.1 percent)
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (5.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing and utilities (5.5 percent)
  • Construction (4.3 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (3.0 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (3.0 percent)
  • Information (1.8 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (1.8 percent)
Education
Students in Hytop attend Jackson County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
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:  August 31, 2020