Brent, Alabama

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Location of Brent in Bibb County, Alabama.
Location of Brent in Bibb County, Alabama.
Coordinates: 32°56′24″N 87°10′29″W / 32.94000°N 87.17472°W / 32.94000; -87.17472
CountryUnited States
 • MayorBobbie White
 • Total8.81 sq mi (22.82 km2)
 • Land8.78 sq mi (22.74 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
240 ft (70 m)
 • Total4,947
 • Estimate 
 • Density540.66/sq mi (208.76/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)205, 659
FIPS code01-09136
GNIS feature ID0159248

Brent is a city in Bibb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 4,947.[3]


Brent was founded in 1898 along the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad line in the southern portion of Bibb County, named after surveyor Brent H. Armstrong. The community was incorporated in 1913.[4]

On May 27, 1973, Brent was almost completely destroyed by an F4 tornado during an outbreak of violent weather in the Deep South, killing 5 people and injuring 56 in the area. The tornado was on the ground for 139 miles (224 km), currently the longest track to date in Alabama history, beginning just northeast of Demopolis in Hale County and eventually dissipating at Cheaha Mountain in Clay County.[5] Adjacent Centreville received significant damage as well as locations in nearby counties.[4][6] Brent was able to be rebuilt before being hit by another EF3 [7] on March 25th 2021, also damaging the adjacent town of Centreville were to have the Bibb County Airport rendering the airport a total loss. [8]


Brent is located near the center of Bibb County at 32°56'24.864" North, 87°10'29.935" West (32.940240, -87.174982).[9] It lies in the Cahaba River valley and is adjacent to the city of Centreville, the county seat, which is across the Cahaba River from the city. U.S. Route 82 passes through the northern part of town, bypassing the town center, and leads northwest 32 miles (51 km) to Tuscaloosa and southeast 73 miles (117 km) to Montgomery, the state capital.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brent has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.8 km2), of which 8.8 square miles (22.7 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.34%, is water.[3]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brent has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)4,747[2]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
2013 Estimate[12]

As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 4,947 people, 1,178 households, and 788 families residing in the city. The population density was 564 people per square mile (217.6/km2). There were 1,323 housing units at an average density of 150.3 per square mile (58.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.5% Black or African American, 45.1% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. 2.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,178 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 23.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 15.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 39.4% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 209.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 278.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,044, and the median income for a family was $42,440. Males had a median income of $43,211 versus $22,010 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,799. About 14.9% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 38.4% of those age 65 or over.


Brent is governed via the mayor-council system. The city council consists of five members each elected from single member districts. The mayor, currently Bobbie White, is elected by the entire city.[14]

The Alabama Department of Corrections operates the Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent.[15]

The United States Postal Service operates the Brent Post Office.[16]


Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines.[17]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Brent city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  4. ^ a b City of Brent - History, Retrieved Feb. 3, 2016.
  5. ^ NOAA, Long Track F-4 Tornado - Hale, Bibb, Perry, Shelby, Talladega and Clay Counties, May 27, 1973, Retrieved Feb. 3, 2016.
  6. ^ The Brent Tornado 1973: A Time To Remember, A Red Letter Day by John Brasher, Retrieved Feb. 2, 2016.
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  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Brent, Alabama
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Archived from the original on May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  14. ^ "City Government". The City of Brent, Alabama. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  15. ^ "Bibb Correctional Facility Archived 2006-07-04 at the Wayback Machine." Alabama Department of Corrections. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
  16. ^ "Post Office™ Location - BRENT Archived June 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
  17. ^ Brent, AL Greyhound Station Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Intercity Bus Service
  18. ^ Carol Crown; Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (2004). Coming Home!: Self-taught Artists, the Bible, and the American South. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-57806-659-9.

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Coordinates: 32°56′25″N 87°10′30″W / 32.94024°N 87.174982°W / 32.94024; -87.174982