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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.


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Lawrence County, Alabama

Lawrence County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Moulton
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 693
Court House:

PO Box 307
Moulton, AL 35650-1553

Etymology - Origin of County Name

The county is named for Capt. James Lawrence (Vermont), a naval hero of the War of 1812.

Demographics:

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County History

Lawrence County, Alabama

Formed by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly, on 6 Feb. 1818. It was formed from former Cherokee Indian land. It currently encompasses 693 square miles. The county is located in the northwestern part of the state and is bounded on the north by the Tennessee River.

The county is named for Capt. James Lawrence (Vermont), a naval hero of the War of 1812. The county seat was established in Moulton in 1820. Other towns of note include Courtland and Town Creek

According to the census of 2000, there were 34,803 people, 13,538 households, and 10,194 families residing in the county. The population density was 19/km˛ (50/mi˛). There were 15,009 housing units at an average density of 8/km˛ (22/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 77.77% White, 13.36% Black or African American, 5.36% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,538 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,549, and the median income for a family was $38,565. Males had a median income of $31,519 versus $20,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,515. About 13.10% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.80% of those under age 18 and 24.50% of that age 65 or over.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Limestone County
  • East: Morgan County
  • Southeast: Cullman County
  • South: Winston County
  • West: Franklin County
  • Northwest: Colbert County; Lauderdale County
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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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