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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Hayden is located in southwestern Blount County in the north-central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government. There is a county courthouse annex located in Hayden.
Settlers in the area may have arrived as early as the 1820s. Hayden was first called Rockland, possibly for the rocky nature of the soil. The name was changed to Hayden in 1914 for an early settler in the area who was a former prominent Army officer when the Louisville and Nashville Railroad came through town. The earliest school in Hayden was a one-room log building. As the town grew, school construction matched its pace, first going to a two-room building (one room on each floor), then a four-room building. In the 1920s, the town established a large, 12-grade school building. The town was incorporated in May 1949.
Hayden's population according to the 2010 Census was 444. Of that number, 87.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 8.8 percent as African American, 2.7 percent as two or more races, 0.7 percent as Native American, and 0.2 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $48,601, and the per capita income was $19,478.
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Hayden was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (17.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (15.2 percent)
· Manufacturing (14.1 percent)
· Construction (12.7 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (9.7   percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (7.4 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (6.9 percent)
· Public administration (5.3 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.4 percent)
· Wholesale trade (3.7 percent)
· Retail trade (3.2 percent)
Schools in Hayden are part of the Blount Country school system; the town has approximately 2,370 students and 136 teachers in one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
State Route 160 bisects Hayden running northeast-southwest, and County Highway 7 runs northwest from town. CSX Transportation, Inc. operates a rail line through Hayden.
Events and Places of Interest
Rickwood Caverns State Park is located just west of Hayden. West Blount Park offers youth sports, including baseball, football, softball, and basketball.

Additional Resources

Blount County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Blount County, Alabama Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  June 12, 2017   |   Last updated:  June 12, 2017