DeKalb County, Alabama

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DeKalb County, Alabama
DeKalb County Alabama Courthouse 20120329.jpg
DeKalb County courthouse in Fort Payne, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting DeKalb County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1836
Named for Johan DeKalb
Seat Fort Payne
Largest city Fort Payne
Area
 • Total 778.65 sq mi (2,017 km2)
 • Land 777.91 sq mi (2,015 km2)
 • Water 0.74 sq mi (2 km2), 0.10%
Population
 • (2010) 71,109
 • Density 91/sq mi (35/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.dekalbcountyal.us/joomla1/

DeKalb County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Major General Baron Johan DeKalb. As of the 2010 census, the population was 71,109.[1] Its county seat is Fort Payne.

History[edit]

DeKalb County was created by the Alabama legislature on January 9, 1836,[2] from land ceded to the Federal government by the Cherokee Nation. It was named for Major General Baron Johann de Kalb, a hero of the American Revolution.[3]

DeKalb County was the one time home of the famous Cherokee Sequoyah.

The county's eastern edge, along the state line, was also the epicenter of an earthquake on April 29, 2003, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale. Power was knocked out in the area, mirrors and pictures thrown to the floor, foundations cracked, and one chimney fell to the ground. It was felt over a significant portion of the southeastern states, including quite strongly in northeastern Alabama and neighboring northwestern Georgia, and nearby eastern Tennessee (especially near Chattanooga). It was also felt slightly in western upstate South Carolina, far west-southwestern North Carolina, south and southeastern Kentucky, and east-northeastern Mississippi.

On the whole, DeKalb County is a dry county. In 2005, a change in local laws enabled Fort Payne to become the only location in the county to allow the legal sale of alcohol.[4] Collinsville later allowed alcohol sales.

DeKalb County saw the highest death toll in Alabama during a massive tornadic system in late April 2011 April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak, with 31 deaths reported in the county.

Geography[edit]

The "Old Union" or "Tallahatchie" covered bridge crosses the Little River.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 778.65 square miles (2,016.7 km2), of which 777.91 square miles (2,014.8 km2) (or 99.90%) is land and 0.74 square miles (1.9 km2) (or 0.10%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 5,929
1850 8,245 39.1%
1860 10,705 29.8%
1870 7,126 −33.4%
1880 12,675 77.9%
1890 21,106 66.5%
1900 23,558 11.6%
1910 28,261 20.0%
1920 34,426 21.8%
1930 40,104 16.5%
1940 43,075 7.4%
1950 45,048 4.6%
1960 41,417 −8.1%
1970 41,981 1.4%
1980 53,658 27.8%
1990 54,651 1.9%
2000 64,452 17.9%
2010 71,109 10.3%
Est. 2012 71,080 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 64,452 people, 25,113 households, and 18,432 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km2). There were 28,051 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White(non-Hispanic), 1.68% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.10% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census[8] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in DeKalb County were English 78.31%, Scotch-Irish 8.29%, Scottish 3.33%, Irish 3.31%, Welsh 1.22%, and African 1.68%

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alabama Counties". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 103. 
  4. ^ "Alcohol laws are changed," The Times-Journal, December 17, 2004
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 34°27′26″N 85°48′24″W / 34.45722°N 85.80667°W / 34.45722; -85.80667