Perry County, Alabama facts for kids
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Perry County courthouse in Marion
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 13, 1819|
|Named for||Oliver Hazard Perry|
|• Total||724 sq mi (1,880 km2)|
|• Land||720 sq mi (1,900 km2)|
|• Water||4.2 sq mi (11 km2) 0.6%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||11.756/sq mi (4.539/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Perry County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 8,511. Its county seat is Marion. The county was established in 1819 and is named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry of Rhode Island and the United States Navy.
The Perry County town of Marion was the site of a 1965 killing of an unarmed black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, by a white state trooper, James Bonard Fowler, which sparked the Selma to Montgomery marches. In 2008, the county voted to establish a Barack Obama Day, a legal holiday, every second Monday of November.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 724 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 720 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (0.6%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 80
- State Route 5
- State Route 14
- State Route 61
- State Route 175
- State Route 183
- State Route 219
- State Route 289
- Bibb County (north)
- Chilton County (northeast)
- Dallas County (east)
- Marengo County (southwest)
- Hale County (west)
National protected area
- Talladega National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||5,914||69.49%|
|Hispanic or Latino||89||1.05%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,511 people, 3,070 households, and 1,476 families residing in the county.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,591 people living in the county. 68.7% were Black or African American, 30.3% White, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% of some other race and 0.4% of two or more races. 1.1% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
Places of interest
Perry County is home to Perry Lakes Park, part of the Talladega National Forest, and the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame located at Judson College. Perry County is home to Marion Military Institute and Judson College.
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