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The town of Brilliant is located in Marion County<1>.

The location of Brilliant has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Brilliant, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1899.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Brilliant has a population of 870 people<3> (see below for details).

Brilliant is 600 feet [183 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Brilliant lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Brilliant: (205) and (659)<5>

The ZIP code for Brilliant: 35548<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Brilliant had an population of 870 people. This is a decrease of 3.33% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.17% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Brilliant had a population of 900 people. This makes Brilliant the county's 6th most populous community.

The population of Brilliant represents 0.02% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 266th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 900 people, the population of Brilliant increased 18.11% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 762 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Brilliant.

Communities Also Named Brilliant ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 4 communities that are also named Brilliant - they are located in British Columbia, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Brilliant.

Communities near Brilliant ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Brilliant.

  • Hamilton
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Winfield
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Haleyville
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Guin
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guin
    • Guin is located in Marion County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,250 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Guin <7>
  • Carbon Hill
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Hackleburg
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hackleburg
    • Hackleburg is located in Marion County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,249 people
  • Bear Creek
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Lynn
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynn
    • Lynn is located in Winston County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 632 people
  • Glen Allen
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Allen
    • Glen Allen is located in Fayette County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 480 people
  • Twin
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin
    • Twin is located in Marion County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 386 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Brilliant. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Brilliant.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Brilliant. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Brilliant.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Brilliant. See our Newspapers Page for Brilliant.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Brilliant ...

Looking for more information about Brilliant? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Brilliant, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Brilliant.

Adding Brilliant to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Brilliant in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Brilliant was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Brilliant post office opened in 1899.

We also found Brilliant on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Alabama (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Brilliant.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Brilliant. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Marion, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Brilliant.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Brilliant - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (659) is an overlay for area code (205).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Brilliant). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Brilliant or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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