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Alabama Counties

Alabama currently has sixty-seven counties. The oldest county, Washington, was created on June 4, 1800, when what is now Alabama was then part of the Mississippi Territory. The newest county is Houston, created on February 9, 1903.

In 1820, Alabama had 29 counties. By 1830 there were 36, with Indians still occupying land in northeast and far western Alabama. By 1840, 49 counties had been created; 52 by 1850; 65 by 1870; and the present 67 counties by 1903.

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Crenshaw County, Alabama

Crenshaw County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Luverne
Year Organized: 1866
Square Miles: 610
Court House:

P.O. Box 227
County Courthouse
Luverne, AL 36049-0227

Etymology - Origin of County Name

The county is named for Anderson Crenshaw, an early settler of Butler County.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Crenshaw County, Alabama

Formed by an act of the Alabama General Assembly on 1866 Nov. 30. It was formed from parts of Butler, Coffee, Covington, Pike and Lowndes counties. It is located in the south-central section of the state, in the coastal plain area. Crenshaw County encompasses 611 square miles.

The county is named for Anderson Crenshaw, an early settler of Butler County. The first county seat was established in Rutledge in 1867. The county seat was moved to Luverne in 1893. Other significant towns include Highland Home and Brantley.

According to the census of 2000, there were 13,665 people, 5,577 households, and 3,892 families living in the county. The population density was 9/km˛ (22/mi˛). There were 6,644 housing units at an average density of 4/km˛ (11/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 73.82% White, 24.79% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.64% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,577 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.70% were married couples living together, 15.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,054, and the median income for a family was $31,724. Males had a median income of $27,286 versus $17,703 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,565. About 18.60% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.30% of those under age 18 and 23.50% of that age 65 or over.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Montgomery County
  • East: Pike County
  • Southeast: Coffee County
  • Southwest: Covington County
  • West: Butler County
  • Northwest: Lowndes County

Cities and Towns:

- Brantley town Incorporated Area
- Dozier town Incorporated Area
- Glenwood town Incorporated Area
- Luverne (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Petrey town Incorporated Area
- Rutledge town Incorporated Area

County Resources:

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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"

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