Coosa County, Alabama

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Coosa County, Alabama
Coosa County Alabama Courthouse.JPG
County courthouse in Rockford
Map of Alabama highlighting Coosa County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 18, 1832
SeatRockford
Largest cityGoodwater
Area
 • Total666 sq mi (1,725 km2)
 • Land651 sq mi (1,686 km2)
 • Water15 sq mi (39 km2), 2.3%
Population
 • (2010)11,539
 • Density18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district6th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
 
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Coosa County, Alabama
Coosa County Alabama Courthouse.JPG
County courthouse in Rockford
Map of Alabama highlighting Coosa County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 18, 1832
SeatRockford
Largest cityGoodwater
Area
 • Total666 sq mi (1,725 km2)
 • Land651 sq mi (1,686 km2)
 • Water15 sq mi (39 km2), 2.3%
Population
 • (2010)11,539
 • Density18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district6th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

Coosa County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 11,539.[1] Its county seat is Rockford.[2] Its name derives from a town of the Creek tribe.

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]

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

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. 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]

Major Highways[edit]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
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%
Est. 201310,898−5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[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.[8] 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.[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 12,202 people, 4,682 households, and 3,408 families residing 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.

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

CDPs[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population growth - Alabama counties". U.S. Census Bureau, ePodunk. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  9. ^ "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. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2007-05-15. [dead link]
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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