Walker County, Alabama

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Walker County, Alabama
Walker County Courthouse.jpg
Walker County Courthouse in Jasper, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Walker County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded December 26, 1823[1]
Named for John Williams Walker
Seat Jasper
Largest city Jasper
Area
 • Total 805.30 sq mi (2,086 km2)
 • Land 794.39 sq mi (2,057 km2)
 • Water 10.91 sq mi (28 km2), 1.35%
Population
 • (2010) 67,023
 • Density 84/sq mi (32.5/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.walkercounty.com

Walker County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama.[1] Its name is in honor of John Williams Walker, a member of the United States Senate.[1] As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,023.[2] Its county seat is Jasper.

History[edit]

Walker County was established on December 26, 1823, and formed from sections of Marion and Tuscaloosa counties.[1] It was named after Senator John Walker, who represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1822.[1] Jasper is the county seat, named after William Jasper, a Red Stick War hero from South Carolina.[1]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Walker County has sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They include the Bankhead House, Boshell's Mill, the First United Methodist Church of Jasper, the Gilchrist House, the Jasper Downtown Historic District, the Stephenson House, and Walker County Hospital.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 805.30 square miles (2,085.7 km2), of which 794.39 square miles (2,057.5 km2) (or 98.65%) is land and 10.91 square miles (28.3 km2) (or 1.35%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Walker County will be served by I-22.svg Interstate 22 when completed.

Rail[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,202
1840 4,032 83.1%
1850 5,124 27.1%
1860 7,980 55.7%
1870 6,543 −18.0%
1880 9,479 44.9%
1890 16,078 69.6%
1900 25,162 56.5%
1910 37,013 47.1%
1920 50,593 36.7%
1930 59,445 17.5%
1940 64,201 8.0%
1950 63,769 −0.7%
1960 54,211 −15.0%
1970 56,246 3.8%
1980 68,660 22.1%
1990 67,670 −1.4%
2000 70,713 4.5%
2010 67,023 −5.2%
Est. 2012 66,221 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 70,713 people, 28,364 households, and 20,478 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km2). There were 32,417 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.15% White, 6.17% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Nearly 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census[7] of 2000 the largest reported ancestry groups in Walker County, AL were:

There were 28,364 households, out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 56.30% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46, and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,076, and the median income for a family was $35,221. Males had a median income of $31,242 versus $20,089 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,546. About 13.20% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

Walker County is home to the William B. Bankhead National Forest and Lewis Smith Lake, in addition to the Alabama Mining Museum.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "ACES Winston County Office" (links/history), Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), 2007, webpage: ACES-Walker.
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°48′13″N 87°17′52″W / 33.80361°N 87.29778°W / 33.80361; -87.29778