According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.99%) is water.
There were 1,324 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,000, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $31,636 versus $22,035 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,997. About 18.7% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.6% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.
Beginning in October of 2008, Cherokee County, Alabama will begin the process of updating its Flood Insurance Rate Maps into a digital format.