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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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Perry County, Alabama

Perry County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Marion
Year Organized: 1819
Square Miles: 720
Court House:

P.O. Box 478
County Courthouse
Marion, AL 36756-0478

Etymology - Origin of County Name

It was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (Rhode Island), hero of the War of 1812.

Demographics:

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County History

Perry County, Alabama


Formed by the Alabama legislature on 1819 Dec. 13. It was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (Rhode Island), hero of the War of 1812. In 1822 the courthouse was established at Muckle's Ridge, now known as Marion. The county is located in the west-central part of the state, in the Black Belt region. It encompasses 719 square miles. Notable towns include Marion, Uniontown, Heiberger, Perryville and Sprott.

According to the census of 2000, there were 11,861 people, 4,333 households, and 3,046 families living in the county. The population density was 6/km˛ (16/mi˛). There were 5,406 housing units at an average density of 3/km˛ (8/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 30.86% White, 68.38% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,333 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.40% were married couples living together, 25.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 27.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% 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 3.23.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.80% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 83.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $20,200, and the median income for a family was $26,150. Males had a median income of $26,272 versus $16,839 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,948. About 31.20% of families and 35.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.90% of those under age 18 and 25.80% of that age 65 or over.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Bibb County; Chilton County
  • Southeast: Dallas County
  • Southwest: Marengo County
  • Northwest: Hale 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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