For forward thinkers moved by traditions, Elba, Alabama is a vibrant riverfront community flowing with homegrown values that have created an enduring legacy connecting the very best of the past, present, and future.
The community (originally called Bridgeville) was formed in the 1830’s, shortly after Alabama became a state. Incorporated in the early 1850’s, the town was selected as the County Seat of Coffee County, and the name changed to Elba through a contest in which names suggested by local residents were placed in a hat. One local reading a biography of Napoleon proposed the name Elba.
Elba is centrally situated in the Wiregrass Region of Southeast Alabama alongside the confluence of Whitewater Creek and Pea River. With a current population of around 4,000 residents, Elba is home to nationally recognizable business and industry: Dorsey Trailers (Pitts Enterprises, Inc.), Kelley Foods of Alabama, and National Security Insurance were founded in Elba. In addition to numerous local professional and retail enterprises, agriculture (peanuts, poultry and forestry) is a driving force in the area economy.
The City's rural setting allows residents to enjoy the benefits of lower crime rates and costs of living, while its close location to larger cities gives inhabitants access to additional amenities. Its great location with proximity to Pea River, several local and state parks, the nearby Gulf Coast beaches, and major transportation routes makes the City of Elba a perfect choice for businesses and individuals looking to relocate. Elba is a perfect small town.
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