Monroe County, Alabama

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Monroe County, Alabama
Monroe County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
The Old Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded June 29, 1815 (Prior to Statehood)
Seat Monroeville
Largest city Monroeville
Area
 • Total 1,034.53 sq mi (2,679 km2)
 • Land 1,025.85 sq mi (2,657 km2)
 • Water 8.67 sq mi (22 km2), (0.84%)
Population
 • (2010) 23,068
 • Density 22/sq mi (8.6/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.monroecountyal.com

Monroe County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,068.[1] Its county seat is Monroeville. It is a dry county, in which the sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted or prohibited, but Frisco City and Monroeville are wet cities.

History[edit]

For thousands of years the area was inhabited by indigenous peoples. In historic times, it was primarily the territory of the Creek peoples, who became known to European-American settlers as one of the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast.

Monroe County was established by European Americans on June 29, 1815. It is known as the county older than the state. Most of the original European-American settlers were of English descent and came from the states of Virginia, Georgia and the Carolinas.[2] The prominent Upper Creek chief, Red Eagle (also known as William Weatherford) of the prominent Wind Clan, settled here after the Creek War (1813-1814), where he established a successful plantation. He was of Creek and European descent, and had adopted chattel slavery as a planter and horse breeder. Most of the Creek people were removed from Alabama to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in the 1830s. The area was settled by European Americans, who brought slave workers with them, or purchased more after acquiring land.

The county seat, Monroeville, is the home of two notable 20th-century authors, Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee, who were childhood neighbors. The novelist Mark Childress and journalist Cynthia Tucker are also Monroe County natives. In 1997 the Alabama legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County the "Literary Capital of Alabama."

The county has twice been declared a disaster area due to extensive hurricane damage: in September 1979 due to Hurricane Frederic, and in September 2004 due to Hurricane Ivan.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,034.53 square miles (2,679.4 km2), of which 1,025.85 square miles (2,656.9 km2) (or 99.16%) is land and 8.67 square miles (22.5 km2) (or 0.84%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 8,838
1830 8,782 −0.6%
1840 10,680 21.6%
1850 12,013 12.5%
1860 15,667 30.4%
1870 14,214 −9.3%
1880 17,091 20.2%
1890 18,990 11.1%
1900 23,666 24.6%
1910 27,155 14.7%
1920 28,884 6.4%
1930 30,070 4.1%
1940 29,465 −2.0%
1950 25,732 −12.7%
1960 22,372 −13.1%
1970 20,883 −6.7%
1980 22,651 8.5%
1990 23,968 5.8%
2000 24,324 1.5%
2010 23,068 −5.2%
Est. 2012 22,062 −4.4%
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 24,324 people, 9,383 households, and 6,774 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 11,343 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 57.75% White, 40.07% Black or African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,383 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 16.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,093, and the median income for a family was $34,569. Males had a median income of $31,096 versus $18,767 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,862. About 18.20% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.00% of those under age 18 and 21.40% of those age 65 or over.

Settlements[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

Monroe County is home to several attractions, such as the Alabama River Museum, the Monroe County Heritage Museum, and the Courthouse Museum which hosts the annual stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird. The county also contains Claude Kelly State Park.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1203
  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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Wasmer, Robert A., “Partisan Warfare in Monroe County, Tennessee, during the Civil War: The Murder of Joseph M. Divine,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 68 (Spring 2009), 66–97.

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Coordinates: 31°34′15″N 87°22′11″W / 31.57083°N 87.36972°W / 31.57083; -87.36972