Sanford is located in Covington County in the south-central part of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government.


The community of Sanford first grew up around a post office established in 1879. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad constructed a line through the town in 1901 and the Henderson-Watts Lumber Company built a mill in the town the following year. The town incorporated in 1902. The town hall and fire department building were constructed in 1984 on the site of the town's former school.


According to 2020 Census estimates, Sanford recorded a population of 246. Of that number, 95.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 14.6 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 4.1 percent as African American. The town's per capita income was $14,639.


According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Sanford was divided among the following industrial categories:

  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (22.7 percent)
  • Manufacturing (21.3 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (16.0 percent)
  • Construction (10.7 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (9.3 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (6.7 percent)
  • Retail trade (2.7 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (1.3 percent)
  • Public administration (1.3 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (1.3 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (1.1 percent)


There are no schools in Sanford. Students attend Covington County schools. Lurleen B. Wallace Community College maintains campuses in nearby Andalusia and Opp.


U.S. Highway 84 runs northwest-southeast through the town, and County Road 55 runs east-west. South Alabama Regional Airport is located within the town's borders.

Events and Places of Interest

Located in nearby Opp, Frank Jackson State Park's amenities include camping facilities, a fishing pier, a boat launch, picnic tables and a playground.

Further Reading

  • The Heritage of Covington County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2003.

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Frank Jackson State Park

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Frank Jackson State Park