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Houston County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Houston County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded February 9, 1903
Seat Dothan
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

582 sq mi (1,507 km²)
580 sq mi (1,502 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.22%
 - (2000)
 - Density

67/sq mi (26/km²)

Houston County is a county of the State of Alabama. As of 2000 the population was 88,787. Its county seat is Dothan.


Houston County was established on February 9, 1903 from parts of Dale County, Geneva County and Henry County. It was named after George Smith Houston, a Governor of Alabama.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,507 km² (582 sq mi). 1,503 km² (580 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.22%) is water.

Major Highways[]

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census² of 2000, there were 88,787 people, 35,834 households, and 25,119 families residing in the county. The population density was 59/km² (153/sq mi). There were 39,571 housing units at an average density of 26/km² (68/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 73.08% White, 24.60% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 35,834 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,431, and the median income for a family was $42,437. Males had a median income of $32,092 versus $21,409 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,759. About 11.80% of families and 15.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.10% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Houston County Courthouse in Dothan.

External links[]

31°09′08″N 85°17′36″W / 31.15222, -85.29333

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