County Seat: Ozark
Year Organized: 1824
Square Miles: 561
202 Hwy. 123 South
It was named for Gen. Sam Dale, pioneer and Indian fighter.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Formed by the Alabama legislature on 1824 Dec. 22. It was named for Gen. Sam Dale, pioneer and Indian fighter. Dale County is located in the southeastern part of the state, wholly within the coastal plain. It is bordered by Pike, Barbour, Henry, Houston, Geneva, and Coffee counties. It currently encompasses 561 square miles. Originally, the county seat was located at Dale Court House, which later became Daleville. An election in 1870 resulted in the removal of the county seat to Ozark. The courthouses suffered damage by fire in 1869 and 1884. Other towns and communities include Ariton, Newton, Midland City, and the US Army Base at Fort Rucker.
According to the census of 2000, there were 49,129 people, 18,878 households, and 13,629 families living in the county. The population density was 34/km˛ (88/mi˛). There were 21,779 housing units at an average density of 15/km˛ (39/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 74.4% White, 20.4% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 3.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 18,878 households out of which 36% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.5 and the average family size was 3.0.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $37,800. Males had a median income of $29,840 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,000. 15% of the population and 12.6% of families were below the poverty line. 19.4% of those under the age of 18 and 16.5% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line
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