Chambers County, Alabama facts for kids
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County Courthouse in LaFayette in 2012
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
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|Founded||December 18, 1832|
|Named for||Henry H. Chambers|
|• Total||603 sq mi (1,560 km2)|
|• Land||597 sq mi (1,550 km2)|
|• Water||6.6 sq mi (17 km2) 1.1%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||57.67/sq mi (22.265/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Chambers County is a county located in the east central portion of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census the population was 34,772. Its county seat is Lafayette. Its largest city is Valley. Its name is in honor of Henry H. Chambers, who served as a United States Senator from Alabama.
Chambers County is included in the LaGrange, GA Micropolitan Statistical Area and the Columbus-Auburn-Opelika, AL Combined Statistical Area.
Prior to contact with people of European descent, what is now Chambers County was inhabited by the Creek nation.
Chambers County was established on December 18, 1832.
Pat Garrett, the lawman famed for killing outlaw Billy the Kid, was born near the town of Cusseta in 1850.
Joe Louis "The Brown Bomber", renowned heavyweight boxing champion, was born near LaFayette, on Buckalew Mountain, May 13, 1914.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 603 square miles (1,560 km2), of which 597 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.1%) is water.
- Interstate 85
- U.S. Highway 29
- U.S. Highway 280
- U.S. Highway 431
- State Route 50
- State Route 77
- State Route 147
- Randolph County (north)
- Troup County, Georgia (east/EST Border)
- Harris County, Georgia (southeast/EST Border)
- Lee County (south)
- Tallapoosa County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||13,441||38.65%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,237||3.56%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 34,772 people, 13,448 households, and 8,553 families residing in the county.
At the 2010 census there were 34,215 people, 13,933 households, and 9,391 families living in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km2). There were 17,004 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 58.8% White (non-Hispanic), 38.7% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. 1.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 13,933 households 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 19.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 29.1% of households were one person and 12.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.
The age distribution was 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% 65 or older. The median age was 41.5 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median household income was $31,467 and the median family income was $39,475. Males had a median income of $34,176 versus $29,140 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,626. About 16.4% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.2% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.
At the 2000 census there were 36,583 people, 14,522 households, and 10,194 families living in the county. The population density was 61 people per square mile (24/km2). There were 16,256 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 56.88% White (non-Hispanic), 43.11% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 3.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 14,522 households 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 17.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 27.00% of households were one person and 12.40% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.
The age distribution was 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.30 males.
The median household income was $29,667 and the median family income was $36,598. Males had a median income of $28,771 versus $21,159 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,147. About 14.30% of families and 17.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 18.20% of those age 65 or over.
In popular culture
Chambers County has been the back drop of several movies including Mississippi Burning.
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