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Limestone County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabamamarker, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Areamarker. Its name comes from Limestone Creek, a local stream. In 2000, the population was 65,676. In 2008, the United States Census Bureau estimated the county's population at 76,135. Its county seat is Athensmarker.


Limestone County was established on February 6, 1818.

Local Government

Limestone County comprises the Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. The Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit was created in the early 1980s when Limestone County broke away from Morgan County to form its own circuit.

The Thirty-Ninth Judicial Circuit has two circuit judges and two district judges. The two circuit judges are Judge James W. Woodroof and Judge Robert M. Baker. The two district judges are Judge Jeanne W. Anderson and Judge Jerry L. Batts.

The current District Attorney is Kristi A. Valls.

The current Sheriff of Limestone County is Mike Blakely, who has been sheriff for 7 terms (since 1982). The term for sheriff is 4 years, and there is no term limit.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,572 km¬≤ (607 sq mi). 1,471 km¬≤ (568 sq mi) of it is land and 101 km¬≤ (39 sq mi) of it (6.43%) is water.

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National protected area


As of the 2000 census , there were 65,676 people, 24,688 households, and 18,219 families residing in the county. The population density was 45/km¬≤ (116/sq mi). There were 26,897 housing units at an average density of 18/km¬≤ (47/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 83.79% White, 13.33% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 2.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 24,688 households, out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% 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 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.80 males.

The median household income in the county was $37,405, and the median income for a family was $45,146. Males had a median income of $35,743 versus $23,389 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,782. About 9.80% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 14.60% of those age 65 or over.

Points of Interest

See the List of Registered Historic Places in Limestone County, Alabama. Limestone County is home to Swan Creek Wildlife Management area, part of the Tennessee River, and a section of the Elk River. Athens is home to the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention, an annual event that takes place each October, on the campus of Athens State University.

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See also Athens education links.


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