The region we call “The Shoals” is actually a cluster of four Alabama cities spanning two counties, tucked right near the Tennessee line. Like Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Florence, Tuscumbia and Sheffield are Music Cities in their own right, and the perfect southern border to Nashville’s Big Back Yard.

Singing Heritage

Right on the banks of the Tennessee River, this area was once home to Native Americans who settled near the “singing river” -- so named for the sound of the shallow, treacherous rapids flowing over the rocky deposits called “shoals.” In the 1960s and 70s, the area was home to the music studios that produced some of the most revolutionary records of the era. 

Small Cities, Big Heart

Life in the Shoals is “Southern Living at its Best,” with distinctive small-city experiences that attract transplants from across the country. People love Florence’s restored homes, quaint boutiques, award-winning restaurants and ten (that’s right, ten) historic districts. Tuscumbia’s Main Street is a delight; the town is also home to Ivy Green, museum and former home of Helen Keller. The Shoals’ sleepier cousin, Sheffield, offers a sweet cluster of historic homes and access to outdoor fun on Pickwick Lake; Muscle Shoals is a family-friendly community full of personality and opportunity.


Folks are flocking to the Shoals as visitors, and finding it easy to picture a life here. Opportunity, affordability, and creative spirit make residents out of guests every day. 


Even currently, financial incentives are being offered to work remotely in The Shoals. Find out if you are eligible here


At a Glance
  • Region including Muscle Shoals, Florence, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield 

  • 131 miles south of Nashville, TN

  • On the banks of the Tennessee River and Shoal Creek

  • Population 40,428 (Florence); 8,894 (Sheffield); 8,407 (Tuscumbia); 14,263 (Muscle Shoals)

  • Growing business communities

  • Schools: Lauderdale County Schools (Florence); Colbert County Schools (Tuscumbia, Sheffield, Muscle Shoals)

  • Nearest Hospital: Shoals Hospital, Helen Keller Hospital, North Alabama Medical Center

  • Airport: Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

Community Highlights
  • W.C. Handy Home, Museum & Library, 

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum House

  • International fashion brands Billy Reid and Alabama Chanin

  • W.C. Handy Festival

  • New ShoalsFest

  • Florence Indian Mound and Museum

  • Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall (Tom’s Wall)

  • Billy Reid Shindig

  • University of North Alabama

  • Hellen Keller Festival

  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame

  • Pickwick Lake

  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

Muscle Shoals
  • Northwest Shoals Community College

  • FAME Studios

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