Cleburne County, Alabama
|Cleburne County, Alabama|
Cleburne County Courthouse in Heflin in 2012
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 6, 1866|
|Named for||Patrick Cleburne|
|• Total||561 sq mi (1,453 km2)|
|• Land||560 sq mi (1,450 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2 km2), (0.2%)|
|• Density||27/sq mi (10/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Cleburne County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,972. Its county seat is Heflin. Its name is in honor of Major General Patrick R. Cleburne, of Arkansas. The eastern side of the county borders the state of Georgia.
Cleburne County was established on December 6, 1866, by an act of the state legislature. The county was made from territory in Benton (now Calhoun), Randolph, and Talladega counties. In 1867, Edwardsville was made the county seat. An election was held in 1905 to move the county seat to Heflin. The result of that election, which agreed to move the seat, was appealed to the Supreme Court, who decided on July 1, 1906, to uphold the election results. Heflin is still the county seat. Heflin was at one point thought of as a hub for nearby farmers to send their cotton. Shortly after the Civil War, a group of northern investors created the town of Fruithurst in Cleburne County as part of a wine-growing project. Fruithurst became a boomtown shortly thereafter.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 561 square miles (1,450 km2), of which 560 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the fourth-smallest county in Alabama by land area and second-largest by total area. Cleburne County is home to Alabama's highest natural point on Cheaha Mountain which is part of the southernmost mountain range in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Cherokee County, Alabama – north
- Polk County, Georgia – northeast (EST)
- Haralson County, Georgia – east (EST)
- Carroll County, Georgia – southeast (EST)
- Randolph County, Alabama – south (Lanett and Valley are jointed by Columbus in the EST)
- Clay County, Alabama – southwest
- Talladega County, Alabama – southwest
- Calhoun County, Alabama – west
National protected area
- Talladega National Forest (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,123 people, 5,590 households, and 4,125 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 6,189 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.74% White (non-Hispanic), 7.70% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 3.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,590 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,820, and the median income for a family was $35,579. Males had a median income of $29,752 versus $18,840 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,762. About 10.90% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 20.10% of those age 65 or over.
Census-designated place (CDP)
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cleburne County, Alabama
- Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Cleburne County, Alabama
- Shoal Creek Church
- Cleburne County School District
- Chamber of Commerce web site
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||Cherokee County||Polk County, Georgia|
|Calhoun County||Haralson County, Georgia|
|Clay County and Talladega County||Randolph County||Carroll County, Georgia|