Colbert County, Alabama

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Colbert County, Alabama
Colbert County Courthouse.JPG
Colbert County Courthouse in Tuscumbia
Map of Alabama highlighting Colbert County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1867
Named for George and Levi Colbert
Seat Tuscumbia
Largest city Muscle Shoals
Area
 • Total 622 sq mi (1,611 km2)
 • Land 593 sq mi (1,536 km2)
 • Water 30 sq mi (78 km2), 4.7%
Population
 • (2010) 54,428
 • Density 91/sq mi (35/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.colbertcounty.org
Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September, 2007

Colbert County (/kɒlˈbɜrt/ kol-BURT, with stress on the final syllable)[citation needed] is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the county's population was 54,428.[1] The county seat is Tuscumbia.[2] Its name is in honor of brothers George and Levi Colbert, Chickasaw Indian chiefs.[3]

Colbert County is part of the Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, also known as "The Shoals".

History[edit]

Colbert County was originally established on February 6, 1867 after it split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was abolished eight months later on November 29, 1867[4] by an Alabama constitutional convention and then reestablished on February 24, 1870.[3] It is also the location of Ivy Green, the birthplace of noted author Helen Keller.[3] Colbert County is also home of the towns Sheffield and Muscle Shoals where many popular musicians such as Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded music.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 593 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 30 square miles (78 km2) (4.7%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 12,537
1880 16,153 28.8%
1890 20,189 25.0%
1900 22,341 10.7%
1910 24,802 11.0%
1920 31,997 29.0%
1930 29,860 −6.7%
1940 34,093 14.2%
1950 39,561 16.0%
1960 46,506 17.6%
1970 49,632 6.7%
1980 54,519 9.8%
1990 51,666 −5.2%
2000 54,984 6.4%
2010 54,428 −1.0%
Est. 2013 54,520 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 54,984 people, 22,461 households, and 16,037 families residing in the county. The population density was 92 people per square mile (36/km2). There were 24,980 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 78.52% White or European American (non-Hispanic), 16.62% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2010[edit]

According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau:

There were 22,461 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 12.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,954, and the median income for a family was $39,294. Males had a median income of $32,112 versus $20,107 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,533. About 11.10% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.40% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities[edit]

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In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c "Colbert County Website". Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Alabama Counties: Colbert County". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Montgomery, AL: Alabama Department of Archives and History. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Alabama Railway Map. 2008. Alabama Department of Transportation. Accessed 2012-03-15.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 34°40′36″N 87°49′02″W / 34.67667°N 87.81722°W / 34.67667; -87.81722