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Lawrence County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabamamarker, and is included in the Decatur Metropolitan Areamarker, as well as the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Areamarker. Its name is in honor of James Lawrence, a captain in the United States Navy from New Jerseymarker. As of the 2006 census estimates, the population was 34,321. Its county seat is Moultonmarker and it's a prohibition or dry county.

History

Lawrence County was established on February 6, 1818.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km¬≤), of which, 693 square miles (1,796 km¬≤) of it is land and 25 square miles (64 km¬≤) of it (3.44%) is water.

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Education

Lawrence County is home to four high schools. They include East Lawrence High School (4A), Hatton High School (2A), Lawrence County High School (4A), and R.A. Hubbard High School (1A). Lawrence County also has six elementary schools and two middle schools. Other educational facilities include the Lawrence County Center of Technology and the Judy Jester Learning Center.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,803 people, 13,538 households, and 10,194 families residing in the county. The population density was 50 people per square mile (19/km¬≤). There were 15,009 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km¬≤). The racial makeup of the county was 77.77% White, 13.36% Black or African American, 5.36% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,538 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,549, and the median income for a family was $38,565. Males had a median income of $31,519 versus $20,480 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,515. About 13.10% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.80% of those under age 18 and 24.50% of those age 65 or over.

Municipalities



Communities

  • Caddomarker
  • Chalybeate
  • Five Points
  • Hatton
  • Landersville
  • Mallard Creek
  • Langtown
  • Mount Hope
  • Oakvillemarker
  • Pittsburgmarker
  • Red Bank
  • Speake
  • Wheeler
  • Wren


Places of Interest

Lawrence County is home to part of the William B.marker Bankhead National Forestmarker, Oakville Indian Mounds, and Jesse Owens Memorial Park.

Events

Every year Lawrence County hosts numerous events, including the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival in Moulton, the AHSAA Cross Country state championships at the Oakville Indian Mounds, and the state renown Lawrence County Basketball Tournament in Moulton.

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