Slocomb


Slocomb is located in Geneva County in the extreme southeastern part of the state, approximately 10 miles north of the Alabama/Florida line. It has a mayor/city council form of government.

History 

A view of the shops at the intersection Downtown SlocombThe city of Slocomb received its name from the first settlers in the area, brothers Frank and Will Slocomb. Frank Slocomb established the Slocomb lumber company there in the late 1800s, and it is still in operation today. He also served as the first postmaster. When the Central of Georgia Railway came through in 1897 and made Slocomb one of its stops, a community grew up in the area. The first post office was established in 1901. The city's economy depended then and now on agriculture.

Demographics  

Slocomb's population according to the 2010 Census was 1,980. Of that number, 72.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 22.6 percent as black, 4.7 percent as Hispanic, 1.7 percent as two or more races, 0.8 percent as Native American, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The city's median household income was $32,212, and per capita income was $14,682.

Employment 

According to 2009 Census estimates, the work force in Slocomb was divided among the following industrial categories:

· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (20.6   percent)
· Manufacturing (18.1 percent)
· Retail trade (16.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (7.4 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (6.6 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (5.9 percent)
· Construction (5.6 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services   (5.6 percent)
· Public administration (5.6 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (5.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.2 percent)

Education 

Schools in Slocomb are part of the Geneva County School District; the town has approximately 1,228 students and 66 teachers in one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.

Transportation 

State Road 52 runs east-west through town, and State Road 103 roughly north-south.

Events and Places of Interest 

During the third weekend of June, Slocomb holds a Tomato Festival. The event includes musical entertainment, a Miss Tomato pageant, a recipe contest, and food.

Additional Resources 

Geneva County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Geneva County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2002.

James P. Kaetz
Auburn University


Published June 5, 2012
Last updated September 30, 2014