kids encyclopedia robot

Geneva County, Alabama facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Geneva County
The Geneva County Courthouse in Geneva
The Geneva County Courthouse in Geneva
Map of Alabama highlighting Geneva County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Alabama
Founded December 26, 1868
Named for Geneva, New York
Seat Geneva
Largest city Geneva
Area
 • Total 579 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land 574 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water 4.5 sq mi (12 km2)  0.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 26,659
 • Estimate 
(2021)
26,701 Increase
 • Density 46.04/sq mi (17.777/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd
  • County Number 34 on Alabama Licence Plates

Geneva County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 26,659. Its county seat is Geneva. The county was named after its county seat, which in turn was named after Geneva, New York which was named after Geneva, Switzerland, by Walter H. Yonge, an early town resident and Swiss native. Geneva County is a dry county in certain areas. Beer and wine are sold in Geneva, Samson, and Slocomb, but it isn't sold in any capacity in Hartford.

Geneva County is part of the Dothan, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Geneva County was established on December 26, 1868.

The county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 579 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (0.8%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in Alabama by total area.

Major highways

  • Alabama 27.svg State Route 27
  • Alabama 52.svg State Route 52
  • Alabama 54.svg State Route 54
  • Alabama 85.svg State Route 85
  • Alabama 87.svg State Route 87
  • Alabama 103.svg State Route 103
  • Alabama 123.svg State Route 123
  • Alabama 153.svg State Route 153
  • Alabama 167.svg State Route 167
  • Alabama 196.svg State Route 196

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,959
1880 4,342 46.7%
1890 10,690 146.2%
1900 19,096 78.6%
1910 26,230 37.4%
1920 29,315 11.8%
1930 30,104 2.7%
1940 29,172 −3.1%
1950 25,899 −11.2%
1960 22,310 −13.9%
1970 21,924 −1.7%
1980 24,253 10.6%
1990 23,647 −2.5%
2000 25,764 9.0%
2010 26,790 4.0%
2020 26,659 −0.5%
2021 (est.) 26,701 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

2020

Geneva County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 21,654 81.23%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,231 8.37%
Native American 166 0.62%
Asian 86 0.32%
Pacific Islander 7 0.03%
Other/Mixed 1,219 4.57%
Hispanic or Latino 1,296 4.86%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 26,659 people, 10,383 households, and 6,902 families residing in the county.

2010

The 2010 United States census has the breakdown as:

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 25,764 people, 10,477 households, and 7,459 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 12,115 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.11% White, 10.65% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 1.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,477 households, out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.70 males. For every 100 women age 18 and over, there were 90.00 men.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,448, and the median income for a family was $32,563. Males had a median income of $26,018 versus $19,341 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,620. About 15.90% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.20% of those under age 18 and 21.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Black History Month on Kiddle
African-American Astronauts:
Jessica Watkins
Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.
Mae Jemison
Sian Proctor
Guion Bluford
kids search engine
Geneva County, Alabama Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.