Walker County, Alabama
|Walker County, Alabama|
Walker County Courthouse in Jasper, Alabama
Location in the state of Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 26, 1823|
|Named for||John Williams Walker|
|• 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%|
|• Density||84/sq mi (32.5/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Walker County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of John Williams Walker, a member of the United States Senate. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,023. Its county seat is Jasper.
Walker County was established on December 26, 1823, and formed from sections of Marion and Tuscaloosa counties. It was named after Senator John Walker, who represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1822. Jasper is the county seat, named after William Jasper, a Red Stick War hero from South Carolina.
National Register of Historic Places
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.
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.
- U.S. Highway 78
- State Route 5
- State Route 13
- State Route 18
- State Route 69
- State Route 102
- State Route 118
- State Route 124
- State Route 195
- State Route 269
Walker County will be served by Interstate 22 when completed.
- Winston County (north)
- Cullman County (northeast)
- Blount County (east)
- Jefferson County (southeast)
- Tuscaloosa County (southwest)
- Fayette County (west)
- Marion County (northwest)
As of the census 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.
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.
- Major League Baseball pitcher Doyle Alexander (Cordova)
- Major League Baseball pitcher Ivy Andrews (Dora)
- Major League Baseball pitcher Dan Bankhead (Empire)
- U.S. Senator John H. Bankhead II (Jasper)
- House Speaker William B. Bankhead (Jasper)
- U.S. Representative Tom Bevill (Jasper)
- U.S. Representative Carl Elliott (Jasper)
- Rock musician Eric Dover (Jasper)
- U.S. Navy Admiral James Shepherd Freeman (Jasper)
- Investor James Stanley Freeman (Jasper)
- Actress Polly Holliday (Jasper)
- Actor George Lindsey (Jasper)
- Rock musician Marc Phillips (Jasper)
- Singer Sandy Posey (Jasper)
- Actor Glenn Shadix (Jasper)
- Country Music Star Jimmy Westbrook Little Big Town (Sumiton, Alabama)
- Professional Boxer Butterbean (Eric Esch)
- Actor Michael Rooker (Jasper)
- Tennis Professional Cody Wall (Thatch)
Cities and towns
- Carbon Hill
- Nauvoo (part - part of Nauvoo is in Winston County)
- Spring Hill
- Union Chapel
Places of interest
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Walker County, Alabama
- Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Walker County, Alabama
- "ACES Winston County Office" (links/history), Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), 2007, webpage: ACES-Walker.
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
||Marion County||Winston County||Cullman County|
|Fayette County||Blount County|
|Tuscaloosa County||Jefferson County|