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Coosa County, Alabama
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Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the USA highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 18, 1832
Seat Rockford
Largest City Goodwater
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

666 sq mi (1,725 km²)
651 sq mi (1,686 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 2.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

10,724
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.coosacountyal.com/
 
  • County Number 22 on Alabama Licence Plates

Coosa County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 11,539. Its county seat is Rockford. Its name derives from a town of the Creek tribe and the Coosa River, which forms one of the county borders.

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

The county was established on December 18, 1832, formed from parts of Montgomery and Shelby counties. It gained a small snippet from Montgomery County in 1837, and lost a portion to the south upon the creation of Elmore County in 1866.

Geography

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.

Major Highways

  • US 231.svg U.S. Highway 231
  • US 280.svg U.S. Highway 280
  • Alabama 9.svg Alabama State Route 9
  • Alabama 22.svg Alabama State Route 22
  • Alabama 115.svg Alabama State Route 115
  • Alabama 259.svg Alabama State Route 259

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 6,995
1850 14,543 107.9%
1860 19,273 32.5%
1870 11,945 −38.0%
1880 15,113 26.5%
1890 15,906 5.2%
1900 16,144 1.5%
1910 16,634 3.0%
1920 14,839 −10.8%
1930 12,460 −16.0%
1940 13,460 8.0%
1950 11,766 −12.6%
1960 10,726 −8.8%
1970 10,662 −0.6%
1980 11,377 6.7%
1990 11,063 −2.8%
2000 12,202 10.3%
2010 11,539 −5.4%
Est. 2015 10,724 −12.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

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. 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.

As of the census 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.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,539 people, 4,794 households, and 3,293 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 6,478 housing units at an average density of 9.7 per square mile (/km3.8). The racial makeup of the county was 66.3% White, 31.0% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,794 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,560, and the median income for a family was $47,451. Males had a median income of $40,315 versus $26,826 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,209. About 11.4% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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