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Welcome to Muscle Shoals ...

The city of Muscle Shoals is located in Colbert County<1>.


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


Muscle Shoals was established in 1918.

A typical abbreviation for Muscle Shoals: Muscle Shls.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Muscle Shoals has a population of 14,634 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Muscle Shoals is 520 feet [158 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Area codes for Muscle Shoals: (256) and (938)<5>

The ZIP codes for Muscle Shoals: 35661-35662<6>

Websites for Muscle Shoals ...

Official Website: www.cityofmuscleshoals.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Muscle Shoals had an population of 14,634 people. This is an increase of 11.32% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 22.73% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Muscle Shoals had a population of 13,146 people (or 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 total 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 (which had a count of 11,924 people).

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

Communities Also Named Muscle Shoals ...

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

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

Communities near Muscle Shoals ...

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

  • Russellville
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Town Creek
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Town Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Town Creek
    • Town Creek is located in Lawrence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,046 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Town Creek <7>
  • Cherokee
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
  • Littleville
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleville
    • Littleville is located in Colbert County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 992 people
  • Killen
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Killen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Killen
    • Killen is located in Lauderdale County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 962 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Killen <7>
  • Saint Florian
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Florian have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Florian
    • Saint Florian is located in Lauderdale County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 780 people
  • Leighton
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leighton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leighton
    • Leighton is located in Colbert County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 754 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leighton <7>
  • North Courtland
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Courtland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Courtland
    • North Courtland is located in Lawrence County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 621 people
  • Courtland
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
  • Iron City
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Iron City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iron City
    • Iron City is located in Lawrence County (TN)

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 Muscle Shoals. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Muscle Shoals.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Muscle Shoals.

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

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 can read an overview with links that will help you 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 about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Muscle Shoals.

Adding Muscle Shoals to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Muscle Shoals 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 Muscle Shoals was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Muscle Shoals post office opened in 1918.

We also found Muscle Shoals on a map titled Shell Oil Map of Alabama (1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Muscle Shoals.

The official website for Muscle Shoals: www.cityofmuscleshoals.com/

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Colbert, 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 Muscle Shoals.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Muscle Shoals - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).
<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 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.
<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:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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