Walker County, Alabama facts for kids
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Walker County Courthouse in Jasper
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 26, 1823|
|Named for||John Williams Walker|
|• Total||805 sq mi (2,080 km2)|
|• Land||791 sq mi (2,050 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 1.7%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||81.17/sq mi (31.340/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Walker County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 65,342. 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.
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.
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.
- Winston County (north)
- Cullman County (northeast)
- Blount County (east)
- Jefferson County (southeast)
- Tuscaloosa County (southwest)
- Fayette County (west)
- Marion County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2010 census there were 67,023 people, 26,571 households, and 18,741 families living 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, 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 households were made up of individuals, and 11.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 2.97.
The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $37,191 and the median family income 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.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||3,889||5.95%|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,152||3.29%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 65,342 people, 25,153 households, and 17,410 families residing in the county.
- Interstate 22
- U.S. Highway 78
- State Route 5
- State Route 13
- State Route 18
- State Route 69
- State Route 102
- State Route 118
- State Route 124
- State Route 195
- State Route 257
- State Route 269
- BNSF Railway
- Norfolk Southern Railway
- Carbon Hill
- Dora (partly in Jefferson county)
- Jasper (county seat)
- Sumiton (partly in Jefferson County)
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.
Local officials have described coal mining as "literally at the core" of the county's economy.