Level Plains gets its name from the flat tract of land on which it sits. The community had grown enough by the mid-1890s to warrant the building of a schoolhouse, which would serve the community until it burned in 1925. The Level Plains post office closed in 1901, but the town was large enough to support a cotton gin and a grist mill built in 1912.
After the school building burned in 1925, the town rebuilt it, but in the early 1930s the school was consolidated with the Daleville schools. The town incorporated in June 1965. Many residents are employed in jobs relating to adjacent Fort Rucker Army Base.
According to the 2010 Census, Level Plains had a population of 2,085. Of that number, 75.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 12.4 percent as African American, 11.0 percent as Hispanic, 5.3 percent as two or more races, 0.5 percent as Native American, 1.5 percent as Asian, and 0.2 as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. The town's median household income, according to 2010 Census estimates, was $46,181, and the per capita income was $22,567.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Level Plains was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (25.8 percent)
· Public administration (15.8 percent)
· Transportation, warehousing, and utilities (12.5 percent)
· Retail trade (11.3 percent)
· Professional, scientific, and administrative and waste management services (9.7 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (8.1 percent)
· Construction (6.1 percent)
· Manufacturing (4.7 percent)
· Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (1.6 percent)
· Information (1.1 percent)
· Wholesale trade (0.6 percent)
Students in Level Plains attend Dale County schools. No public schools are located within the city limits. Enterprise Municipal Airport is located eight miles to the west and serves general aviation.
Level Plains is served by U.S. Highway 84 and State Highway 134, both of which run east-west through the town, and County
Road 1, which runs northeast-southwest.
McGee, Val L. Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: Dale County Historical Society, 1989.
Watson, Fred S. Jr. Forgotten Trails: A History of Dale County, Alabama, 1824-1966. Birmingham, Ala.: Banner Press, 1968.
Claire M. Wilson
Published November 6, 2012
Last updated November 6, 2012