Houston County, Alabama

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Houston County, Alabama
Houston County Courthouse.jpg
Houston County courthouse in Dothan, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Houston County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded February 9, 1903
Seat Dothan
Largest city Dothan
Area
 • Total 581.65 sq mi (1,506 km2)
 • Land 580.36 sq mi (1,503 km2)
 • Water 1.29 sq mi (3 km2), 0.22%
Population
 • (2010) 101,547
 • Density 175/sq mi (67.5/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.houstoncounty.org

Houston County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 101,547.[1] Its county seat is Dothan.

Houston County is part of the Dothan Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Houston County was established on February 9, 1903, from parts of Dale County, Geneva County and Henry County. It was named after George Smith Houston, the 24th Governor of Alabama.

Government[edit]

As of 2011, the County Chairman is held by Mark Culver, while William Dempsey is the Chief Administrative Officer. The County Commission is District 1, Curtis Harvey; District 2, Doug Sinquefield; District 3, Jackie Battles; and District 4, Melinda McClendon. Andy Hughes serves as Sheriff, Probate Judge is Patrick Davenport, Revenue Commissioner is Starla Matthews, Coroner is Robert Byrd. The county engineer is Barkley Kirkland. Houston County is located in Alabama's Second Congressional District; its current Representative (as of 2011) is Martha Roby (R).

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 581.65 square miles (1,506.5 km2), of which 580.36 square miles (1,503.1 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 1.29 square miles (3.3 km2) (or 0.22%) is water.[2]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 32,414
1920 37,334 15.2%
1930 45,935 23.0%
1940 45,665 −0.6%
1950 46,522 1.9%
1960 50,718 9.0%
1970 56,574 11.5%
1980 74,632 31.9%
1990 81,331 9.0%
2000 88,787 9.2%
2010 101,547 14.4%
Est. 2012 103,402 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 88,787 people, 35,834 households, and 25,119 families residing in the county. The population density was 153 people per square mile (59/km2). There were 39,571 housing units at an average density of 68 per square mile (26/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 73.08% White, 24.60% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 35,834 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,431, and the median income for a family was $42,437. Males had a median income of $32,092 versus $21,409 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,759. About 11.80% of families and 15.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.10% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 31°09′08″N 85°17′36″W / 31.15222°N 85.29333°W / 31.15222; -85.29333