Geneva County, Alabama

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Geneva County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Geneva County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded December 26, 1868
Named for Geneva, New York
Seat Geneva
Largest city Geneva
Area
 • Total 578.90 sq mi (1,499 km2)
 • Land 576.28 sq mi (1,493 km2)
 • Water 2.62 sq mi (7 km2), 0.45%
Population
 • (2010) 26,790
 • Density 46/sq mi (17.9/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.genevacounty.us

Geneva County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,790.[1] Its county seat is Geneva. Geneva County is a prohibition or dry county.

The county was named after its county seat, which in turn was named after Geneva, New York which was named after Geneva, Switzerland, by Walter H. Yonge, an early town resident and Swiss native.[2]

Geneva County is part of the Dothan, Alabama, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

  • Geneva County was established on December 26, 1868.
  • The county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic.
  • On March 10, 2009, a gunman named Michael McLendon went on a mass shooting spree at 9 locations in Geneva County from the town of Samson to the city of Geneva killing 11 people and wounding over 15. McLendon entered his former place of employment, Reliable Metal Products on the northeastern side of Geneva, where he took his own life.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 578.90 square miles (1,499.3 km2), of which 576.28 square miles (1,492.6 km2) (or 99.55%) is land and 2.62 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.45%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,959
1880 4,342 46.7%
1890 10,690 146.2%
1900 19,096 78.6%
1910 26,230 37.4%
1920 29,315 11.8%
1930 30,104 2.7%
1940 29,172 −3.1%
1950 25,899 −11.2%
1960 22,310 −13.9%
1970 21,924 −1.7%
1980 24,253 10.6%
1990 23,647 −2.5%
2000 25,764 9.0%
2010 26,790 4.0%
Est. 2012 26,931 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

2010[edit]

Whereas according to the 2010 census Bureau:

2000[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 25,764 people, 10,477 households, and 7,459 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 12,115 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.11% White, 10.65% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 1.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,477 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,448, and the median income for a family was $32,563. Males had a median income of $26,018 versus $19,341 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,620. About 15.90% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.20% of those under age 18 and 21.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Bailey Crossroads (north of Slocomb)
  • Bald Hill
  • Bellwood (east of Coffee Springs)
  • Chancellor (northeast of Coffee Springs)
  • Dundee (northeast of Hartford)
  • Earlytown
  • Eunola (northeast of Geneva)
  • Fadette
  • Hacoda (southwest of Earlytown)
  • High Bluff (northwest of Hartford)
  • Highfalls
  • Highnote (South of Hartford near the florida line)
  • Kellys Crossroads

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Geneva County". Alabama Department of Archives and History. June 4, 2009. Retrieved Aug 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°05′32″N 85°50′18″W / 31.09222°N 85.83833°W / 31.09222; -85.83833