Houston County, Alabama

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Houston County, Alabama
Houston County Courthouse.jpg
Houston County courthouse in Dothan
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.
FoundedFebruary 9, 1903
Named forGeorge S. Houston
SeatDothan
Largest cityDothan
Area
 • Total582 sq mi (1,507 km2)
 • Land580 sq mi (1,502 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (5 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010)101,547
 • Density175/sq mi (67.5/km²)
Congressional district2nd
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.houstoncounty.org
 
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Houston County, Alabama
Houston County Courthouse.jpg
Houston County courthouse in Dothan
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.
FoundedFebruary 9, 1903
Named forGeorge S. Houston
SeatDothan
Largest cityDothan
Area
 • Total582 sq mi (1,507 km2)
 • Land580 sq mi (1,502 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (5 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010)101,547
 • Density175/sq mi (67.5/km²)
Congressional district2nd
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.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.[2]

Houston County is part of the Dothan, Alabama metropolitan 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 U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 580 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.3%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
191032,414
192037,33415.2%
193045,93523.0%
194045,665−0.6%
195046,5221.9%
196050,7189.0%
197056,57411.5%
198074,63231.9%
199081,3319.0%
200088,7879.2%
2010101,54714.4%
Est. 2013103,6682.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[8] 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.

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Ardilla
  • Barber
  • Big Creek
  • Brannon Stand
  • Crosby
  • Dupree
  • Enon
  • Garretts Crossroads
  • Harmon
  • Hodgesville
  • Keytons
  • Lucy
  • Merritts Crossroads
  • Pansey
  • Peterman
  • Southern Junction
  • Terry Crossroads
  • Wilson Quarters

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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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