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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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DeKalb County, Alabama

DeKalb County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Fort Payne
Year Organized: 1836
Square Miles: 778
Court House:

111 Grand Avenue, SW Suite 200
County Courthouse
Fort Payne, AL 35967-1970

Etymology - Origin of County Name

It was named for Maj. Gen. John Baron DeKalb, a hero of the American Revolution.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

DeKalb County, Alabama

Formed by the Alabama legislature on 1836 Jan. 9, from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation. It was named for Maj. Gen. John Baron DeKalb, a hero of the American Revolution. The county is located in the northeast corner of the state, and is bordered on the north by Jackson County, on the west by Marshall County, on the south by Etowah and Cherokee counties, and on the east by the State of Georgia. It currently encompasses 778 square miles. The county seat is Fort Payne. Other towns and communities include Collinsville, Crossville, Fyffe, Mentone, and Valley Head.

According to the census of 2000, there were 64,452 people, 25,113 households, and 18,432 families living in the county. The population density was 32/km˛ (83/mi˛). There were 28,051 housing units at an average density of 14/km˛ (36/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 1.68% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.10% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,113 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,137, and the median income for a family was $35,801. Males had a median income of $28,878 versus $19,103 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,818. About 11.70% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 20.50% of that age 65 or over.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Dade County, Ga.; Walker County, Ga.
  • East: Chattooga County, Ga.
  • Southeast: Cherokee County
  • Southwest: Etowah County
  • West: Marshall County
  • Northwest: Jackson County

Cities and Towns:

- Collinsville town Incorporated Area
- Crossville town Incorporated Area
- Fort Payne (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Fyffe town Incorporated Area
- Geraldine town Incorporated Area
- Hammondville town Incorporated Area
- Henagar town Incorporated Area
- Ider town Incorporated Area
- Lakeview town Incorporated Area
- Mentone town Incorporated Area
- Pine Ridge town Incorporated Area
- Powell town Incorporated Area
- Rainsville city Incorporated Area
- Shiloh town Incorporated Area
- Sylvania town Incorporated Area
- Valley Head town Incorporated Area

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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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