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Walker 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 26, 1823
Seat Jasper
Largest City Jasper
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

805 sq mi (2,085 km²)
791 sq mi (2,049 km²)
14 sq mi (36 km²), 1.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

65,294
85/sq mi (33/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.walkercounty.com
Named for: John Williams Walker
 
  • County Number 64 on Alabama Licence Plates

Walker County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,023. Its county seat is Jasper. Its name is in honor of John Williams Walker, a member of the United States Senate.

Walker County is included in the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Walker County was established on December 26, 1823, and formed from sections of Marion and Tuscaloosa counties. It was named after Senator John Walker, who represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate from 1819 to 1822. The county was greatly reduced in size on February 12, 1850, when its northern half became the county Winston. Jasper is the county seat, named after William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina.

National Register of Historic Places

Walker County has sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They include the Bankhead House, Boshell's Mill, the First United Methodist Church of Jasper, the Gilchrist House, the Jasper Downtown Historic District, the Stephenson House, and Walker County Hospital.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 805 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 791 square miles (2,050 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,202
1840 4,032 83.1%
1850 5,124 27.1%
1860 7,980 55.7%
1870 6,543 −18.0%
1880 9,479 44.9%
1890 16,078 69.6%
1900 25,162 56.5%
1910 37,013 47.1%
1920 50,593 36.7%
1930 59,445 17.5%
1940 64,201 8.0%
1950 63,769 −0.7%
1960 54,211 −15.0%
1970 56,246 3.8%
1980 68,660 22.1%
1990 67,670 −1.4%
2000 70,713 4.5%
2010 67,023 −5.2%
Est. 2015 65,294 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 70,713 people, 28,364 households, and 20,478 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km2). There were 32,417 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.15% White, 6.17% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Nearly 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000 the largest reported ancestry groups in Walker County, AL were:

There were 28,364 households, out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 56.30% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46, and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,076, and the median income for a family was $35,221. Males had a median income of $31,242 versus $20,089 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,546. About 13.20% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 67,023 people, 26,571 households, and 18,741 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 people per square mile (33/km2). There were 30,816 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.2% White, 5.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.0% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Nearly 2.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 26,571 households, out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 52.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,191, and the median income for a family was $45,788. Males had a median income of $43,671 versus $27,662 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,516. About 14.7% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-22.svg Interstate 22
  • US 78.svg U.S. Highway 78
  • Alabama 5.svg State Route 5
  • Alabama 13.svg State Route 13
  • Alabama 18.svg State Route 18
  • Alabama 69.svg State Route 69
  • Alabama 102.svg State Route 102
  • Alabama 118.svg State Route 118
  • Alabama 124.svg State Route 124
  • Alabama 195.svg State Route 195
  • Alabama 257.svg State Route 257
  • Alabama 269.svg State Route 269

Rail

  • BNSF Railway
  • Norfolk Southern Railway

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Places of interest

Walker County is home to the William B. Bankhead National Forest and Lewis Smith Lake, in addition to the Alabama Mining Museum.


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