Pike County, Alabama
|Pike County, Alabama|
Pike County Courthouse in Troy
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 17, 1821|
|Named for||Zebulon Pike|
|• Total||673 sq mi (1,743 km2)|
|• Land||672 sq mi (1,740 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2 km2), (0.1%)|
|• Density||49/sq mi (19/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Pike County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 32,899. Its county seat is Troy. Its name is in honor of General Zebulon Pike, of New Jersey, an explorer who led an expedition to southern Colorado and discovered Pikes Peak in 1806.
Pike County comprises the Troy, AL Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Between the years of 1763 and 1783 the area that is now Pike County was part of the colony of British West Florida. After 1783 the region fell under the jurisdiction of the newly created United States of America. In 1819 the State of Alabama was admitted to the Union and was soon organized into counties. Named after General Zebulon Montgomery Pike of New Jersey, Pike County was one of the oldest in the state, organized on December 17, 1821. The temporary county seat was established at the house of Andrew Townsend. Pike County comprised a large tract of country, so large that it was called the State of Pike, including a part of what are now Crenshaw, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, and Barbour counties, and extended to the Chattahoochie River on the east.
- Bullock County (northeast)
- Barbour County (east)
- Dale County (southeast)
- Coffee County (south)
- Crenshaw County (west)
- Montgomery County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 29,605 people, 11,933 households, and 7,649 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 13,981 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 60.77% White, 36.60% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 11,933 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.60% were married couples living together, 16.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 15.80% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 89.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,551, and the median income for a family was $34,132. Males had a median income of $27,094 versus $18,758 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,904. About 18.50% of families and 23.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.90% of those under age 18 and 21.90% of those age 65 or over.
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Pike County, Alabama
- Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Pike County, Alabama
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||Montgomery County||Bullock County|
|Crenshaw County||Barbour County|
|Coffee County||Dale County|