Coosa County, Alabama

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Coosa County
County courthouse in Rockford
County courthouse in Rockford
Map of Alabama highlighting Coosa County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°56′11″N 86°14′47″W / 32.936388888889°N 86.246388888889°W / 32.936388888889; -86.246388888889
Country United States
State Alabama
FoundedDecember 18, 1832
SeatRockford
Largest cityGoodwater
Area
 • Total666 sq mi (1,720 km2)
 • Land651 sq mi (1,690 km2)
 • Water15 sq mi (40 km2)  2.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,387
 • Estimate 
(2021)
10,450 Increase
 • Density16/sq mi (6.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district6th
Websitewww.coosacountyal.com
  • County Number 22 on Alabama Licence Plates

Coosa County is located in the east central portion of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census the population was 10,387.[1] Its county seat is Rockford.[2] Its name derives from a town of the Creek tribe and the Coosa River, which forms one of the county borders.

Coosa County is included in the Talladega-Sylacauga, AL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county was established on December 18, 1832, formed from parts of Montgomery and Shelby counties. It gained a small snippet from Montgomery County in 1837 and lost a portion to the south upon the creation of Elmore County in 1866.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 666 square miles (1,720 km2), of which 651 square miles (1,690 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (2.3%) is water.[3] The county is located in the Piedmont region of the state.

Major Highways[edit]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18406,995
185014,543107.9%
186019,27332.5%
187011,945−38.0%
188015,11326.5%
189015,9065.2%
190016,1441.5%
191016,6343.0%
192014,839−10.8%
193012,460−16.0%
194013,4608.0%
195011,766−12.6%
196010,726−8.8%
197010,662−0.6%
198011,3776.7%
199011,063−2.8%
200012,20210.3%
201011,539−5.4%
202010,387−10.0%
2021 (est.)10,450[4]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2020[1]

From 2000 to 2003, Coosa County's growth rate of -5.8% made it the biggest percentage population loser among the state's 67 counties.[9] Annette Jones Watters of the University of Alabama's Alabama State Data Center cited Coosa as one of eight counties to lose greater than 6% of its population from 2000 to early 2007.[10]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 12,202 people, 4,682 households, and 3,408 families living in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 6,142 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 63.94% White, 34.19% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 1.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,682 households, out of which 30.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,873, and the median income for a family was $36,082. Males had a median income of $25,390 versus $18,171 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,875. About 11.80% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 11,539 people, 4,794 households, and 3,293 families living in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 6,478 housing units at an average density of 9.7 per square mile (/km3.8). The racial makeup of the county was 66.3% White, 31.0% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,794 households, out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% 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 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,560, and the median income for a family was $47,451. Males had a median income of $40,315 versus $26,826 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,209. About 11.4% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census[edit]

Coosa County racial composition[13]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 6,807 65.53%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,000 28.88%
Native American 25 0.24%
Asian 8 0.08%
Other/Mixed 346 3.33%
Hispanic or Latino 201 1.94%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 10,387 people, 4,032 households, and 2,657 families residing in the county.

Government[edit]

Coosa County is reliably Republican at the presidential level. The last Democrat to win the county in a presidential election is Bill Clinton, who won it by a slim majority in 1996.

United States presidential election results for Coosa County, Alabama[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,631 66.27% 1,796 32.78% 52 0.95%
2016 3,381 64.38% 1,782 33.93% 89 1.69%
2012 3,049 57.72% 2,191 41.48% 42 0.80%
2008 3,248 58.39% 2,273 40.86% 42 0.75%
2004 2,905 58.09% 2,055 41.09% 41 0.82%
2000 2,382 52.16% 2,104 46.07% 81 1.77%
1996 1,721 41.66% 2,121 51.34% 289 7.00%
1992 1,973 41.12% 2,330 48.56% 495 10.32%
1988 2,405 56.15% 1,860 43.43% 18 0.42%
1984 2,585 58.95% 1,781 40.62% 19 0.43%
1980 1,714 40.72% 2,383 56.62% 112 2.66%
1976 1,196 31.76% 2,533 67.26% 37 0.98%
1972 2,672 77.20% 773 22.33% 16 0.46%
1968 330 8.66% 623 16.35% 2,858 74.99%
1964 1,978 72.77% 0 0.00% 740 27.23%
1960 1,073 41.67% 1,493 57.98% 9 0.35%
1956 1,070 42.48% 1,411 56.01% 38 1.51%
1952 788 34.40% 1,501 65.52% 2 0.09%
1948 275 24.47% 0 0.00% 849 75.53%
1944 394 26.60% 1,079 72.86% 8 0.54%
1940 317 18.90% 1,347 80.32% 13 0.78%
1936 239 14.78% 1,346 83.24% 32 1.98%
1932 250 16.34% 1,265 82.68% 15 0.98%
1928 1,078 60.63% 699 39.31% 1 0.06%
1924 508 38.66% 790 60.12% 16 1.22%
1920 741 42.01% 1,007 57.09% 16 0.91%
1916 485 34.92% 867 62.42% 37 2.66%
1912 109 9.04% 763 63.27% 334 27.69%
1908 447 35.93% 717 57.64% 80 6.43%
1904 472 30.99% 933 61.26% 118 7.75%


Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Population growth - Alabama counties". U.S. Census Bureau, ePodunk. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2007.
  10. ^ "Shelby County Continues to Set the Pace for County Growth; Black Belt Counties Lose Population, According to UA's State Data Center". University of Alabama. March 21, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2007.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  14. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 16, 2016.

Coordinates: 32°56′11″N 86°14′47″W / 32.93639°N 86.24639°W / 32.93639; -86.24639