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Blount County, Alabama
Blount County Courthouse.JPG
Blount County Courthouse in Oneonta, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Blount County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1818
Seat Oneonta
Largest city Oneonta
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

651 sq mi (1,686 km²)
645 sq mi (1,671 km²)
5.9 sq mi (15 km²), 0.9
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

59,134
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.blountcountyal.gov
Footnotes: *County Number 08 on Alabama Licence Plates

Blount County is a county located in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 59,134.[1] Its county seat is Oneonta.

Blount County is a moist county. In the November 6, 2012 elections, a countywide ballot initiative to allow alcohol sales was narrowly defeated, but Blountsville, Cleveland and Oneonta have allowed for the sale of alcohol since 2013.

Blount County has been dubbed the "Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama" since it has more historic covered bridges standing within a single county than any other in the state - with earlier covered bridges known of. This county celebrates the Covered Bridge Festival every autumn in Oneonta to commemorate its three remaining covered bridges.

History[]

Blount County was created by the Alabama Territorial Legislature on February 6, 1818, formed from land ceded to the federal government by the Creek Nation on August 9, 1814. This county was named for Governor Willie Blount of Tennessee, who provided assistance to settlers in Alabama during the Creek War. This county lies in the northeastern quadrant of the state, which is sometimes known as the mineral region of Alabama. Blount County is bordered by Cullman, Marshall, Etowah, Jefferson, Walker, and St. Clair Counties. This county is drained by the Locust and Mulberry Forks of the Black Warrior River. Blount County covers 650 square miles (1,700 km2). The Warrior coal field is located in Blount County.

Caleb Fryley and John Jones established Bear Meat Cabin in 1816. Its post office was opened in 1821, and the settlement was incorporated as Blountsville on December 13, 1827. In 1889, an election resulted in the county seat being transferred to Oneonta, Alabama.

Geography[]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 651 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 645 square miles (1,670 km2) is land and 5.9 square miles (15 km2) (0.9%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties[]

Transportation[]

Major highways[]

  • I-65 (AL).svg Interstate 65
  • US 31.svg U.S. Highway 31
  • US 231.svg U.S. Highway 231
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • Alabama 67.svg State Route 67
  • Alabama 75.svg State Route 75
  • Alabama 79.svg State Route 79
  • Alabama 132.svg State Route 132
  • Alabama 160.svg State Route 160

Rail[]

  • CSX Transportation, formerly the Louisville and Nashville Railroad

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,415
1830 4,233 75.3%
1840 5,570 31.6%
1850 7,367 32.3%
1860 10,865 47.5%
1870 9,945 −8.5%
1880 15,369 54.5%
1890 21,927 42.7%
1900 23,119 5.4%
1910 21,456 −7.2%
1920 25,538 19.0%
1930 28,020 9.7%
1940 29,490 5.2%
1950 28,975 −1.7%
1960 25,449 −12.2%
1970 26,853 5.5%
1980 36,459 35.8%
1990 39,248 7.6%
2000 51,024 30.0%
2010 57,322 12.3%
Est. 2021 59,041 [3] 15.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790–1960[5] 1900–1990[6]
1990–2000[7] 2010–2020[1]

2020 census[]

Blount County racial composition[8]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 49,764 84.15%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 826 1.4%
Native American 188 0.32%
Asian 174 0.29%
Pacific Islander 11 0.02%
Other/Mixed 2,400 4.06%
Hispanic or Latino 5,771 9.76%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 59,134 people, 20,847 households, and 14,874 families residing in the county.

2010 census[]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 57,322 people, 16,175 households, and 16,175 families residing in the county. The population density was 88.79 people per square mile. There were 23,887 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 92.6% White, 1.3% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. 8.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,175 family households, of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25% were non-families. Alternative households included: 22.2% of households were made up of those living alone and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.72.[10]

Blount County's population spread was as follows: 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,241, and the median income for a family was $41,573. Males had a median income of $31,455 versus $22,459 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,325. About 8.60% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.


Communities[]

Cities[]

Towns[]

Census-designated places[]

  • Remlap
  • Smoke Rise

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Bangor
  • Blount Springs
  • Bright Star
  • Brooksville
  • Hopewell
  • Little Warrior
  • Mount High
  • Sky Ball
  • Summit

Government[]

Blount County is a stronghold for Republicans. Since 2004, it has voted for the Republican presidential nominee with at least eighty percent of the vote every time. It was Hubert Humphrey's weakest county in the nation in 1968 with only 3.64 percent of the vote.[11]

United States presidential election results for Blount County, Alabama[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 24,711 89.57% 2,640 9.57% 237 0.86%
2016 22,859 89.33% 2,156 8.43% 573 2.24%
2012 20,757 86.27% 2,970 12.34% 333 1.38%
2008 20,389 84.02% 3,522 14.51% 356 1.47%
2004 17,386 80.85% 3,938 18.31% 180 0.84%
2000 12,667 70.48% 4,977 27.69% 329 1.83%
1996 9,056 59.09% 5,061 33.02% 1,210 7.89%
1992 8,882 53.81% 5,433 32.92% 2,190 13.27%
1988 8,754 64.61% 4,485 33.10% 309 2.28%
1984 8,508 68.16% 3,738 29.95% 236 1.89%
1980 6,819 53.59% 5,656 44.45% 249 1.96%
1976 4,233 38.56% 6,645 60.53% 100 0.91%
1972 6,486 79.36% 1,582 19.36% 105 1.28%
1968 2,013 22.15% 331 3.64% 6,742 74.20%
1964 4,442 64.67% 0 0.00% 2,427 35.33%
1960 2,557 42.80% 3,404 56.98% 13 0.22%
1956 2,628 44.38% 3,208 54.17% 86 1.45%
1952 1,720 35.19% 3,161 64.67% 7 0.14%
1948 771 30.08% 0 0.00% 1,792 69.92%
1944 998 31.73% 2,134 67.85% 13 0.41%
1940 855 23.25% 2,784 75.71% 38 1.03%
1936 744 20.88% 2,788 78.23% 32 0.90%
1932 582 20.34% 2,232 77.99% 48 1.68%
1928 1,745 52.06% 1,607 47.94% 0 0.00%
1924 1,518 40.92% 2,083 56.15% 109 2.94%
1920 3,465 49.15% 3,535 50.14% 50 0.71%
1916 1,229 44.71% 1,488 54.13% 32 1.16%
1912 567 24.65% 1,121 48.74% 612 26.61%
1908 973 45.34% 1,133 52.80% 40 1.86%
1904 910 37.51% 1,383 57.01% 133 5.48%
1900 1,134 40.44% 1,484 52.92% 186 6.63%
1896 2,619 51.24% 2,422 47.39% 70 1.37%
1892 58 1.75% 1,944 58.80% 1,304 39.44%
1888 375 16.63% 1,873 83.06% 7 0.31%



Places of interest[]

Blount County is home to an abundance of outdoor activities, such as Rickwood Caverns State Park and the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River that are used by canoeists and kayakers. The county is also home to the picturesque covered bridges mentioned below: the Swann Covered Bridge, the Horton Mill Covered Bridge, and the Easley Covered Bridge. As of summer 2009, all three bridges were closed due to safety concerns at the recommendation of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Restorations were completed from 2011 through 2013 and they are once again open.

See also[]

  • List of Alabama covered bridges
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Blount County, Alabama
  • Properties on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in Blount County, Alabama

References[]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/blountcountyalabama/PST045221. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www2.census.gov/geo/docs/maps-data/data/gazetteer/counties_list_01.txt. 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Counties: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021". https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/popest/2020s-counties-total.html. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  6. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/al190090.txt. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?g=0500000US01009&tid=DECENNIALPL2020.P2. 
  9. ^ "Community Facts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  10. ^ "American Fact Finder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. 
  11. ^ Dave Leip's U.S. Election Atlas; 1968 Presidential Election Statistics
  12. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/. 

External links[]

Template:NRHP in Blount County, Alabama

Coordinates: 33°58′N 86°35′W / 33.967, -86.583


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