Coosa County, Alabama

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Coosa County, Alabama
Coosa County Alabama Courthouse.JPG
County courthouse in Rockford
Map of Alabama highlighting Coosa County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1832
Seat Rockford
Largest city Goodwater
Area
 • Total 666.36 sq mi (1,726 km2)
 • Land 652.44 sq mi (1,690 km2)
 • Water 13.91 sq mi (36 km2), 2.09%
Population
 • (2010) 11,539
 • Density 18/sq mi (6.8/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Coosa County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name derives from a town of the Creek tribe. As of the 2010 census the population was 11,539,[1] but since that time it has lost the most population by percentage of any Alabama county. Its county seat is Rockford.

Coosa is part of the Alexander City micropolitan area.

History[edit]

It was established on December 18, 1832. The county was formed from parts of Montgomery County and Shelby County. It gained a small snippet from Montgomery County in 1837, and lost a portion to the south upon the creation of Elmore County.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 666.36 square miles (1,725.9 km2), of which 652.44 square miles (1,689.8 km2) (or 97.91%) is land and 13.91 square miles (36.0 km2) (or 2.09%) is water.[2]

Major Highways[edit]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,995
1850 14,543 107.9%
1860 19,273 32.5%
1870 11,945 −38.0%
1880 15,113 26.5%
1890 15,906 5.2%
1900 16,144 1.5%
1910 16,634 3.0%
1920 14,839 −10.8%
1930 12,460 −16.0%
1940 13,460 8.0%
1950 11,766 −12.6%
1960 10,726 −8.8%
1970 10,662 −0.6%
1980 11,377 6.7%
1990 11,063 −2.8%
2000 12,202 10.3%
2010 11,539 −5.4%
Est. 2012 10,966 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

From 2000 to 2003, Coosa County's growth rate of -5.8% made it the biggest percentage population loser among the state's 67 counties.[5] Annette Jones Watters of the University of Alabama's Alabama State Data Center cited Coosa as one of eight counties to lose greater than 6% of its population from 2000 to early 2007.[6] As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 12,202 people, 4,682 households, and 3,408 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 6,142 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 63.94% White, 34.19% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 1.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,682 households out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 104.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,873, and the median income for a family was $36,082. Males had a median income of $25,390 versus $18,171 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,875. About 11.80% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Population growth - Alabama counties". U.S. Census Bureau, ePodunk. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Shelby County Continues to Set the Pace for County Growth; Black Belt Counties Lose Population, According to UA’s State Data Center". University of Alabama. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2007-05-15. [dead link]
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 32°56′11″N 86°14′47″W / 32.93639°N 86.24639°W / 32.93639; -86.24639