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Elmore County
County courthouse in Wetumpka
County courthouse in Wetumpka
Map of Alabama highlighting Elmore County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
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Alabama's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Alabama
Founded February 15, 1866
Named for John A. Elmore
Seat Wetumpka
Largest city Millbrook
Area
 • Total 657 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Land 618 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Water 39 sq mi (100 km2)  5.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 87,977
 • Estimate 
(2021)
89,304 Increase
 • Density 133.91/sq mi (51.70/km2)
Demonym(s) Elmorean
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd
  • County Number 29 on Alabama Licence Plates

Elmore 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 87,977. Its county seat is Wetumpka. Its name is in honor of General John A. Elmore.

Elmore County is part of the Montgomery, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Elmore County was established on February 15, 1866, from portions of Autauga, Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Montgomery counties.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 657 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 618 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 39 square miles (100 km2) (5.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-65 (AL).svg Interstate 65
  • US 82.svg U.S. Highway 82
  • US 231.svg U.S. Highway 231
  • Alabama 9.svg State Route 9
  • Alabama 14.svg State Route 14
  • Alabama 50.svg State Route 50
  • Alabama 63.svg State Route 63
  • Alabama 111.svg State Route 111
  • Alabama 143.svg State Route 143
  • Alabama 170.svg State Route 170
  • Alabama 212.svg State Route 212
  • Alabama 229.svg State Route 229

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 14,477
1880 17,502 20.9%
1890 21,732 24.2%
1900 26,099 20.1%
1910 28,245 8.2%
1920 28,085 −0.6%
1930 34,280 22.1%
1940 34,546 0.8%
1950 31,649 −8.4%
1960 30,524 −3.6%
1970 33,661 10.3%
1980 43,390 28.9%
1990 49,210 13.4%
2000 65,874 33.9%
2010 79,303 20.4%
2020 87,977 10.9%
2021 (est.) 89,304 12.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 79,303 people, 28,301 households, and 21,003 families living in the county. The population density was 128 people per square mile (49/km2). There were 32,657 housing units at an average density of 49.7 per square mile (19.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 76.2% White, 20.0% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 2.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 28,301 households 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 22.0% of households were one person and 7.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.04.

The age distribution was 23.6% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% 65 or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median household income was $53,128 and the median family income was $62,870. Males had a median income of $46,952 versus $31,542 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,640. About 9.1% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Elmore County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 62,540 71.09%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 18,126 20.6%
Native American 270 0.31%
Asian 669 0.76%
Pacific Islander 28 0.03%
Other/Mixed 3,551 4.04%
Hispanic or Latino 2,793 3.17%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 87,977 people, 30,712 households, and 21,146 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Economy

Over the past two decades, Elmore County has transferred from an economy based on agriculture to one of Alabama's fastest-growing counties. According to a recent report, 1110 jobs were created over the last 4 years.

Elmore County's largest employer is the manufacturing sector. The top ten manufacturers in Elmore County include: GKN Aerospace, Neptune Technologies, Frontier Yarns, Russell Corporation, Madix, Inc, Arrowhead Composites, Hanil USA, YESAC Alabama Corporation, Quality Networks, Inc., and AES Industries.

Education

The Elmore County Public School System serves the county.

See also

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