Cullman County, Alabama
|Cullman County, Alabama|
The Cullman County Courthouse
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 24, 1877|
|Named for||John G. Cullmann|
|• Total||755 sq mi (1,955 km2)|
|• Land||735 sq mi (1,904 km2)|
|• Water||20 sq mi (52 km2), 2.7%|
|• Density||109/sq mi (42/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Cullman County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 80,406. Its county seat is Cullman. Its name is in honor of Colonel John G. Cullmann. It is a "moist" county in terms of availability of alcoholic beverages; the cities of Cullman, Good Hope and Hanceville allow sale of alcohol and are "wet" and the rest of the county is dry.
As of February 16, 2015, same-sex marriage licenses started at the courthouse, but marriage ceremonies had been stopped. February 9, probate judges were able to give out licenses, but most counties were in a state of confusion because of rulings between the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and a Federal Judge. On March 4, 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered all probate judges in all 67 counties to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses creating more confusion between the Alabama Supreme Court and a Federal Judge. According to sources, Cullman County has stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses until further notice.
Cullman is served by TV stations and FM radio stations from both Huntsville and Birmingham. Cullman County is a part of the designated market area, or "DMA," of Birmingham. Electricity in Cullman County is provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority and by the Alabama Power Company. For a long time, telephone service in this county was provided by the Southern Bell Company.
There is no commercial air transportation service in Cullman County, and this county is no longer served by intercity commercial buses.
This area was inhabited for thousands of years by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. The historic Cherokee and Choctaw lived here at the time of European encounter, with the Cherokee moving in after the American Revolutionary War and in response to pressures from northern area. Their settlements in Alabama were known as the Lower Towns.
People claiming descent from Cherokee who remained in the county after Indian Removal in the 1830s, organized as the "Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama" in the 1980s. The tribe was recognized by the state in 1984 but is not federally recognized. It claims 22,000 members in the state, mostly in northern Alabama.
Cullman County was organized in 1877 primarily by German American immigrants who had moved down from Cincinnati, Ohio. They founded an agricultural community and sought to create an agricultural revolution in what had been a frontier area, in the best traditions of innovation in the New South. However, hard geographical and social realities clashed with the often impractical vision of colonizer John G. Cullmann. His Germans, with their traditional work ethic and willingness to experiment with such new products as wine and strawberries, tried to make practical changes in southern farming. The Germans were outnumbered by more traditional families from neighboring regions, who replicated the traditional southern cotton culture.
- Morgan County (north)
- Marshall County (northeast)
- Blount County (east)
- Walker County (southwest)
- Winston County (west)
- Lawrence County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 77,483 people, 30,706 households, and 22,476 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile (41/km2). There were 35,233 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (18/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.81% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 2.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 30,706 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,256, and the median income for a family was $39,341. Males had a median income of $30,444 versus $20,436 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,922. About 9.50% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or over.
Public education in Cullman County is provided by two systems: the Cullman City School Board and the Cullman County School Board, which governs all municipalities except the City of Cullman.
- Cullman High School - under the governance of the Cullman City School Board
Private educational institutions in the county include:
- Christ Covenant School - located in Cullman (Grades K-2)
- Cullman Christian School - located in Cullman (Grades K-12)
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School - located in Cullman (Grades PreK-6)
- St. Bernard Preparatory School - located in Cullman (Grades 7-12)
- St. Paul's Lutheran School - located in Cullman (Grades K-6)
- Vinemont Christian Academy - located in South Vinemont (Grades PreK-12)
Cullman is also the home of the state-owned and operated Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. It was named for the former Governor of Alabama, George C. Wallace. His father and his wife, Governor Lurleen B. Wallace, also had junior colleges named for them.
- Dodge City
- Garden City (partly in Blount County)
- Holly Pond
- South Vinemont
- West Point
Census-designated places (CDPs)
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cullman County, Alabama
- Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Cullman County, Alabama
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||Lawrence County||Morgan County||Marshall County|
|Winston County||Blount County|