Clay County Alabama Economic Development Council

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We have tried to present as much data in this section to help you learn more about Clay County and our area. For more detailed statistics and information, contact the CCEDC at 256-396-2828 or email to


Clay County is located in the heart of east Alabama within less than a two-hour driving distance from Birmingham, Montgomery, Atlanta, and Columbus. And only a 4-hour drive to our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.

City – State Distance (Miles) Distance (Km)
Atlanta, GA 98 157
Birmingham, AL 93 149
Charleston, SC 416 669
Charlotte, NC 343 552
Chattanooga, TN 156 251
Columbus, GA 90 144
Knoxville, TN 247 397
Memphis, TN 330 531
Mobile, AL 252 405
Montgomery, AL 84 135
Nashville, TN 284 457
New Orleans, LA 394 634


The following Census reports are from the Census Factfinder website. Additional demographic statistics are available upon request. All reports are in PDF format.

New Impact Report Underscores Dominant Grassroots Influence of Agriculture and Forestry in Alabama

A June 2013 released series of reports demonstrates the dominant and, in many cases, indispensable role the agriculture and forestry sector plays in the economic fortunes of Alabama’s 67 counties.

Read the full report on Clay Copunty (PDF download) 2010 Clay County Agriculture Forestry Impact Report.

Review reports on each county in Alabama, go to

Industry Breakdown

Clay County is home to several major manufacturing companies: Wellborn Cabinets, Inc., Koch Foods, Tru-Wood Cabinets, John-Co Truss Company, Integrity Cabinets, Three-Dimension Woodcraft, Lace Wood, Inc., Higgins Embroidery, and Cheaha Cabinets. The largest employers in Clay County, by sector, are Manufacturing, Education, Health and Social Services, and Retail Trade. These four sectors account for 62.5% of the county employment total.

Industry Number of Establishments Employer value of sales, shipments, receipts, revenue, or business done ($1,000) Annual payroll ($1,000) Number of paid employees
Manufacturing 12 330,878 72,912 2,526
Retail Trade 50 70,558 5,289 358
Professional, scientific, and technical services 10 5,235 805 56
Health care and social assistance 23 34,369 15,616 665
Accommodation and food services 12 4,352 1,066 139
Administrative and support 3 2,273 699 37


Interstates / Highwayslineville - Google Maps

Highways in/near Clay County:

  • AL-9, AL-77, AL-49, AL-148
  • US 431 (15 mi. to Wedowee)
  • I-20 via US 431 (26.5 mi.)
  • I-20 via AL-9 (26.2 mi.)
  • I-20 via AL-77 (35 mi)
  • US 280 (30 mi.)
  • I-459 (66 mi)
  • I-85 via AL-77 (55 mi.)

Clay County is home to one municipal airport, Ashland Lineville Airport 26A, located between Ashland and Lineville off Hwy AL-9. The closest commercial international airline service is located in Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA.

Airport Location Driving Distance
Ashland Lineville 26A In City Limits 0
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atlanta, GA 112
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Birmingham, AL 77
Columbus Metropolitan Airport Columbus, GA 92
Montgomery Regional Airport Montgomery, AL 88

Rail service is provided by CSX. There are Norfolk Southern intermodal centers located in nearby Birmingham, AL and Austell, GA (near Atlanta).

Port Facilities

Port facilities are available at the Alabama State Port located in Mobile, AL (246 miles from Ashland, AL), the Savannah, GA Port (353 miles from Ashland, AL) and the Brunswick, GA Port (378 miles from Ashland, AL).