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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Slocomb is located in Geneva County in the extreme southeastern part of the state, approximately 10 miles north of the Alabama/Florida line. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Downtown Slocomb
The city of Slocomb received its name from the first settlers in the area, brothers Frank and Will Slocomb. Frank Slocomb established the Slocomb lumber company there in the late 1800s, and it is still in operation today. He also served as the first postmaster. When the Central of Georgia Railway came through in 1897 and made Slocomb one of its stops, a community grew up in the area. The first post office was established in 1901. The city's economy depended then and now on agriculture.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Slocomb recorded a population of 1,589. Of that number, 69.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 27.4 percent as African American, 5.2 percent as Hispanic, and 3.5 percent as two or more races. The town's median household income was $29,924, and the per capita income was $19,482.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Slocomb was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (23.7 percent)
  • Retail trade (16.2 percent)
  • Construction (14.2 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (13.4 percent)
  • Manufacturing (9.9 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (6.8 percent)
  • Public administration (6.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (3.9 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (2.6 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (1.1 percent)
  • Information (0.8 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (0.6 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (0.3 percent)
Tomato Man
Schools in Slocomb are part of the Geneva County School District; the town has one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
State Road 52 runs east-west through town, and State Road 103 roughly north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
During the third weekend of June, Slocomb holds a Tomato Festival. The event includes musical entertainment, a Miss Tomato pageant, a recipe contest, and food.

Additional Resources

Geneva County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Geneva County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2002.
Published:  November 2, 2020   |   Last updated:  September 30, 2014