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The Morgan County Courthouse in Decatur
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|Founded||February 6, 1818|
|Named for||Daniel Morgan|
|• Total||599 sq mi (1,550 km2)|
|• Land||579 sq mi (1,500 km2)|
|• Water||20 sq mi (50 km2) 3.3%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||206.05/sq mi (79.55/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Morgan County is a county in the north central part of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census the population was 123,421. The county seat is Decatur. The county was created by the Alabama Territorial legislature on February 6, 1818, from land acquired from the Cherokee Indians in the Treaty of Turkeytown, and was originally called Cotaco County. On June 14, 1821, it was renamed in honor of American Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan of Virginia. It is a prohibition or dry county, although alcohol sales are allowed in the cities of Decatur, Hartselle, and Priceville. Morgan County is included in the Decatur, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL Combined Statistical Area. It is a part of the North, Northwest, and North-Central regions of Alabama.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 599 square miles (1,550 km2), of which 579 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (3.3%) is water.
- Madison County (northeast)
- Marshall County (east)
- Cullman County (south)
- Lawrence County (west)
- Limestone County (northwest)
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2010 census there were 119,490 people, 47,030 households, and 33,135 families living in the county. The population density was 206.4 people per square mile (79.7/km2). There were 51,193 housing units at an average density of 88 per square mile (34/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 79.8% White, 11.9% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.8% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. 7.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 47,030 households 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.9% of households were one person and 9.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.
The age distribution was 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.
The median household income was $44,349 and the median family income was $54,653. Males had a median income of $43,455 versus $29,270 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,090. About 10.9% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.9% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||15,307||12.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino||12,377||10.03%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 123,421 people, 46,470 households, and 31,752 families residing in the county.
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