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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.

Hale County, Alabama

Hale County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Greensboro
Year Organized: 1867
Square Miles: 644
Court House:

1001 Main Street
County Courthouse
Greensboro, AL 36744-1572

Etymology - Origin of County Name

It was named for Lt. Col. Stephen Fowler Hale, a Confederate officer killed at Gaines' Mill, Virginia.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Hale County, Alabama

Formed by the Alabama legislature on 1867 Jan. 30. It was named for Lt. Col. Stephen Fowler Hale, a Confederate officer killed at Gaines' Mill, Virginia. Hale County is located in the west-central section of the state, and is drained by the Black Warrior River. Hale County is bordered by Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Perry, Marengo, and Greene counties. It encompasses 661 square miles. Greensboro is the county seat. Other towns and communities include Moundville, Havana, Wedgeworth, Cedarville, and Sledge.

According to the census of 2000, there were 17,185 people, 6,415 households, and 4,605 families living in the county. The population density was 10/km˛ (27/mi˛). There were 7,756 housing units at an average density of 5/km˛ (12/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 39.83% White, 58.95% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,415 households out of which 36.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.60% were married couples living together, 22.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,807, and the median income for a family was $31,875. Males had a median income of $28,493 versus $19,363 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,661. About 22.20% of families and 26.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.00% of those under age 18 and 26.70% of that age 65 or over.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Tuscaloosa County
  • Northeast: Bibb County
  • Southeast: Perry County
  • Southwest: Marengo County
  • Northwest: Greene County

Cities and Towns:

- Akron town Incorporated Area
- Greensboro (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Moundville town Incorporated Area
- Newbern town Incorporated Area

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