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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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Winston County, Alabama

Winston County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Double Springs
Year Organized: 1858
Square Miles: 614
Court House:

P.O. Box 147
County Courthouse
Double Springs, AL 35553-0147

Etymology - Origin of County Name

It was named for Gov. John Hancock of Massachusetts.

Demographics:

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County History

Winston County, Alabama


Formed as Hancock County in Feb 12, 1850, the territory formerly in Walker County. It was named for Gov. John Hancock of Massachusetts. On January 22, 1858, the name was changed to honor Alabama Gov. John A. Winston.

The county is located in the northwestern part of the state, in the Appalachian foothills. It currently encompasses 614 square miles. The county contains rich mineral deposits. Today a large portion of the county is part of the William B. Bankhead National Forest. The county seat is located in Double Springs. The county gained notoriety during the Civil War due to its reluctance to support the Confederacy.

According to the census of 2000, there were 24,843 people, 10,107 households, and 7,287 families living in the county. The population density was 16/km˛ (40/mi˛). There were 12,502 housing units at an average density of 8/km˛ (20/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county was 97.32% White, 0.38% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 1.5% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,107 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,435, and the median income for a family was $32,628. Males had a median income of $26,206 versus $17,760 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,738. 17.1% of the population and 12.9% of families were below the poverty line. 21.8% of those under the age of 18 and 23% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Lawrence County
  • East: Cullman County
  • South: Walker County
  • West: Marion County
  • Northwest: Franklin County
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