The first non-Indian settlers in the Little Wills Valley, where Reece City is now located, arrived in 1835. The first post office opened in October 1884, and the settlement was called Hill; in 1903, the name was changed to Reeceville after an early settler in the area. The community remained unincorporated until early 1956, when a group began a movement to incorporate the town. People in a six-mile area were polled about their interest in being included in the incorporated town's borders, and in May 1956 the incorporation was approved by voters. The town was renamed Reece City at this time.
Reece City's population according to the 2010 Census was 653. Of that number, 93.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.0 percent as African American, 1.5 percent as two or more races, 1.1 percent as Native American, 0.9 percent as Asian, and 0.8 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $33,125, and the per capita income was $21,625.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Reece City was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (39.0 percent)
· Retail trade (19.7 percent)
· Manufacturing (9.7 percent)
· Construction (7.8 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (5.9 percent)
· Public administration (4.5 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.1 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.1 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (1.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (1.9 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (0.7 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (0.7 percent)
Students in Reece City attend Etowah County schools; no public schools are located in Reece City.
Interstate Highway 59 runs northeast-southwest either through or parallel to the city limits of Reece City. U.S. Highway 11/State Highway 211 runs parallel and just to the northwest of Interstate 59.
Events and Places of Interest
Reece City maintains one city park that features a walking trail.
Etowah County Centennial Committee. A History of Etowah County, Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts and Sons, 1968.
Etowah County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Etowah County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants Inc., 1999.
James P. Kaetz
Published January 13, 2013
Last updated January 13, 2013