The City of Cullman, located near the center of Cullman County, is the largest municipality in Cullman County and the county seat. Cullman was founded in 1873 by Col. John Gottfried Cullmann, and incorporated in 1874.From the first five families that settled in Col. Cullmann’s new colony in 1873, Cullman has grown to become a thriving micropolitan city with a population of around 15,000! Cullman has been recognized nationally for retail and industrial development. Cullman City Schools consistently rank among the best in the state. The Cullman City Parks & Recreation Department is nationally-recognized, being nominated for and receiving several awards on the state and national level.