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Butler County
Butler County courthouse in Greenville
Butler County courthouse in Greenville
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Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
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Country  United States
State  Alabama
Founded December 13, 1819
Named for William Butler
Seat Greenville
Largest city Greenville
Area
 • Total 778 sq mi (2,020 km2)
 • Land 777 sq mi (2,010 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 19,051
 • Estimate 
(2021)
18,884 Decrease
 • Density 24.487/sq mi (9.455/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd
  • County Number 10 on Alabama Licence Plates

Butler County is a county located in the south central portion of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 19,051. Its county seat is Greenville. Its name is in honor of Captain William Butler, who was born in Virginia and fought in the Creek War, and who was killed in May 1818.

History

Butler County was formed from Conecuh County, Alabama, and Monroe County, Alabama, by an act passed December 13, 1819, by the Legislature while in session at Huntsville. This was the first session of the Legislature of Alabama as a State. The name of Fairfield was first proposed for this county, but was changed on the passage of the bill to Butler, in honor of Captain William Butler.

The exact date of the first settlement made by white people in the limits of Butler County is not exactly known. Some records have it as early as 1814, but the earliest settler of no dispute is James K. Benson, who settled in the Flat in 1815, and built the first house ever erected in Butler County. It was built near where Pine Flat Methodist Church now stands, and was made of logs. Shortly after, William Ogly and John Dickerson came with their families and made a settlement on the Federal Road, about 3 miles (5 km) south of where Fort Dale was later erected. In the fall of 1816, a party from the state of Georgia came to settle in Pine Flat, including Thomas Hill, Warren A. Thompson, Captain John Watts, and Benjamin Hill. In 1817, many more settlers arrived, since the hardest work had already been done by these brave original souls.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,020 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-65 (AL).svg Interstate 65
  • US 31.svg U.S. Highway 31
  • Alabama 10.svg State Route 10
  • Alabama 106.svg State Route 106
  • Alabama 185.svg State Route 185
  • Alabama 245.svg State Route 245
  • Alabama 263.svg State Route 263

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,405
1830 5,650 302.1%
1840 8,685 53.7%
1850 10,836 24.8%
1860 18,122 67.2%
1870 14,981 −17.3%
1880 19,649 31.2%
1890 21,641 10.1%
1900 25,761 19.0%
1910 29,030 12.7%
1920 29,531 1.7%
1930 30,195 2.2%
1940 32,447 7.5%
1950 29,228 −9.9%
1960 24,560 −16.0%
1970 22,007 −10.4%
1980 21,680 −1.5%
1990 21,892 1.0%
2000 21,399 −2.3%
2010 20,947 −2.1%
2020 19,051 −9.1%
2021 (est.) 18,884 −9.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2020 census

Butler County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 9,679 50.81%
Black or African American 8,389 44.03%
Native American 23 0.12%
Asian 143 0.75%
Pacific Islander 5 0.03%
Other/Mixed 552 2.9%
Hispanic or Latino 250 1.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,051 people, 6,506 households, and 4,331 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 20,947 people living in the county. 54.4% were White, 43.4% Black or African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

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Notable people

See also

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