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Cottonwood, Alabama
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Welcome to Cottonwood ...

The town of Cottonwood is located in Houston County.

When the people of Cottonwood refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Cottonwoodite<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Cottonwood has a population of 1,256 people<2> (see below for details).

Cottonwood is 160 feet [49 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Note: If you travel east from Cottonwood (for example, toward Jakin (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

The area code for Cottonwood: (334)

The ZIP code for Cottonwood: 36320<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Cottonwood had a population of 1,289 people. This makes Cottonwood the county's 8th most populous community.

The population of Cottonwood represents 0.03% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 228th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,289 people, the population of Cottonwood increased 10.17% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,170 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Cottonwood had an population of 1,256 people. This is a decrease of 2.56% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.35% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Cottonwood ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Cottonwood and not the distance if you are driving it.<5>.

Community   2017
Ashford   [Map]   2,144   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Cowarts   [Map]   2,040   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
Dothan   [Map]   68,202   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Kinsey   [Map]   2,185   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Rehobeth   [Map]   1,530   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Slocomb   [Map]   1,924   W   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Cottonwood.

Communities Also Named Cottonwood ...

While we believe that this Cottonwood is located in Houston County, we know of another 2 Alabama communities named Cottonwood. Those communities are located in the following counties: Henry and Limestone County.

Beyond Alabama, there are 47 communities that are also named Cottonwood - they are located in Alaska, Arizona (4), British Columbia, California (3), Colorado (3), Georgia, Idaho (2), Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada (3), New Mexico (3), Oklahoma (2), South Dakota, Texas (10), Utah (3) and Wisconsin.

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

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Cottonwood. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Cottonwood. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Cottonwood.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Cottonwood:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Cottonwood ...

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

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

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Cottonwood refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a town's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Cottonwood may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Cottonwood.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Cottonwood - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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 Cottonwood). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Cottonwood or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Cottonwood. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cottonwood) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cottonwood. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cottonwood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cottonwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0552, Longitude: -85.2999     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cottonwood have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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