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Florence, Alabama

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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Florence.

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Around Florence ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Johnson Ford (TN). It is located about 44 miles [70 km] to the northwest of Florence. Johnson Ford (TN) has a population of 65,800 people.<1>

The next largest community is Decatur. It is located about 42 miles [67 km] to the east of Florence and has a population of 55,100 people.

For comparison, Florence has a population of 40,000 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<2>

Community   2016
Athens   [Map]   25,393   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hartselle   [Map]   14,471   SE   49 miles [78.9 km]
Muscle Shoals   [Map]   13,831   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
Russellville   [Map]   9,815   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
Sheffield   [Map]   9,025   S   5 miles [8 km]
Tuscumbia   [Map]   8,434   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
Corinth (MS)   [Map]   14,818   W   48 miles [77.2 km]
Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   10,736   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   ---   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   ---   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   ---   NE   47 miles [75.6 km]
Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   7,758   NE   44 miles [70.8 km]
Savannah (TN)   [Map]   7,019   NW   42 miles [67.6 km]
Swift (TN)   [Map]   ---   NW   44 miles [70.8 km]
Tulu (TN)   [Map]   ---   W   44 miles [70.8 km]

The following is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2016
Arnot   [Map]   ---   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
Beach Grove   [Map]   ---   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
Cloverdale   [Map]   ---   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Cypress Creek   [Map]   ---   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
Ford City   [Map]   ---   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
Green Hill   [Map]   ---   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Killen   [Map]   977   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Leighton   [Map]   707   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
McGee Town   [Map]   ---   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
Nitrate City   [Map]   ---   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Saint Florian   [Map]   591   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
Spring Valley   [Map]   ---   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
Wilson Dam   [Map]   ---   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
Zip City   [Map]   ---   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
Iron City (TN)   [Map]   ---   N   14 miles [22.5 km]

For more communities neighboring Florence, please visit our County-by-County Page for Florence.

Lauderdale County ...

Florence is located in Lauderdale County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

Curious and Interesting Names Near Florence ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cypress Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Florence   [Map]
Cypress Forest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Cypress Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Florence Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hickory Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Indian Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Lakeview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lakeview Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Lakeview Highlands   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lockland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Mansion View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mars Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Petersville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stoney Point (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Terrace View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Three Forks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Twin Brooks   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Twin Oaks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Village Pines   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Woodlawn   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Florence ...

Looking for more information about Florence? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Florence, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Florence.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Florence.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Florence. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability 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 Florence. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alabama

    Alabama Tourism
    Parks for Alabama

    Fishing in Alabama
    Hunting in Alabama

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alabama Statewide Tourism
    Florence Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Florence

National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alabama

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alabama

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alabama

Airports Near Florence ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Florence.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   SSE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Muscle Shoals Rgnl.   [Map]   ---   SSE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Lawrence Co. Airport   [Map]   9A4   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Florence.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Florence. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   SSE   101 miles [162.5 km]
Nashville Intl. (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]   BNA   NNE   105 miles [169 km]
Memphis Intl. (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]   MEM   W   131 miles [210.8 km]
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl. (ATL/KATL)   [Map]   ATL   ESE   202 miles [325.1 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   SSE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Huntsville Intl. (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]   HSV   ESE   52 miles [83.7 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Muscle Shoals Rgnl.   [Map]   ---   SSE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Lawrence Co. Airport   [Map]   9A4   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Russellville Muni.   [Map]   M22   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
Iuka Airport   [Map]   15M   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lawrenceburg Airport   [Map]   2M2   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Tishomingo Co. Airport   [Map]   01M   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Red Bay Muni.   [Map]   ---   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Posey Fld.(ICAO: K1M4)   [Map]   1M4   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Posey Fld.   (ICAO: K1M4)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Savannah - Hardin Co. Airport   (ICAO: KSNH)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Memphis Intl.   (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]
        Website for Memphis International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl.   (ATL/KATL)   [Map]
        Website for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
McGhee Tyson Airport   (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]
        Website for McGhee Tyson Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Northwest Alabama Rgnl.   (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Huntsville Intl.   (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]
        Website for Huntsville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
John C. Tune Airport   (ICAO: KJWN)   [Map]
        Website for John C. Tune Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.   (TCL/KTCL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Florence:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Florence.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Florence. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Florence) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Florence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8302, Longitude: -87.6653     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Florence have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Florence), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Florence.