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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.

Lowndes County, Alabama

Lowndes County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Hayneville
Year Organized: 1830
Square Miles: 718
Court House:

P.O. Box 65
Hayneville, AL 36040-0065

Etymology - Origin of County Name

The county is named for South Carolina statesman William Lowndes.


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Lowndes County, Alabama

Formed by an act of the Alabama General Assembly on 20 Jan. 1830. It was formed from parts of Montgomery, Dallas, and Butler counties. Lowndes County is located in the south-central portion of the state, in the Black Belt. It encompasses 714 square miles.

The county is named for South Carolina statesman William Lowndes. The area has a rich aboriginal history and was a center of plantation life in Alabama. The county seat is Hayneville. Other significant towns include White Hall, Letohatchee, Lowndesboro and Fort Deposit.

According to the census of 2000, there were 13,473 people, 4,909 households, and 3,588 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km˛ (19/mi˛). There were 5,801 housing units at an average density of 3/km˛ (8/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 25.86% White, 73.37% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,909 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.90% were married couples living together, 25.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 87.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,050, and the median income for a family was $28,935. Males had a median income of $27,694 versus $20,137 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,457. About 26.60% of families and 31.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.70% of those under age 18 and 26.60% of that age 65 or over.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Autauga County
  • East: Montgomery County
  • Southeast: Crenshaw County
  • South: Butler County
  • Southwest: Wilcox County
  • Northwest: Dallas County

Cities and Towns:

- Fort Deposit town Incorporated Area
- Gordonville town Incorporated Area
- Hayneville (County Seat) town Incorporated Area
- Lowndesboro town Incorporated Area
- Mosses town Incorporated Area
- White Hall town Incorporated Area

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