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Muscle Shoals, Alabama

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Welcome to Muscle Shoals ...

The city of Muscle Shoals is located in Colbert County.

A typical abbreviation for Muscle Shoals: Muscle Shls.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Muscle Shoals has a population of 13,831 people<1> (see below for details).

Muscle Shoals was established in 1918.

The community of Muscle Shoals is 520 feet [158 m] above sea level.<2>.

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

Area codes for Muscle Shoals: (256) & (938)<3>

The ZIP codes for Muscle Shoals: 35661-35662<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Muscle Shoals had a population of 13,146 people (which is 24.15% of the total population of Colbert County). This makes Muscle Shoals the county's most populous community.

The population of Muscle Shoals represents 0.28% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 49th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 13,146 people, the population of Muscle Shoals increased 10.25% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 11,924 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Muscle Shoals had an population of 13,831 people. This is an increase of 5.21% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 15.99% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Muscle Shoals.

Communities near Muscle Shoals ...

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

Community   2016
Cherokee   [Map]   1,009   W   18 miles [29 km]
Courtland   [Map]   599   E   18 miles [29 km]
Florence   [Map]   39,959   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
Killen   [Map]   977   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
Leighton   [Map]   707   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Littleville   [Map]   981   S   10 miles [16.1 km]

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

Communities Also Named Muscle Shoals ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Muscle Shoals - it's located in California.

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

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 Muscle Shoals. 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 Muscle Shoals. 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 Muscle Shoals.

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

Websites for Muscle Shoals ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Muscle Shoals ...

Looking for more information about Muscle Shoals? 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 Muscle Shoals, 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 Muscle Shoals.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Muscle Shoals. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

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

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Muscle Shoals - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Muscle Shoals.

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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 city (such as Muscle Shoals). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Muscle Shoals or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Muscle Shoals includes: 35661 & 35662.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Muscle Shoals. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Muscle Shoals) 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 Muscle Shoals. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Muscle Shoals

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Muscle Shoals. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7435, Longitude: -87.6337     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Muscle Shoals have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Muscle Shoals.