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Luverne is a city in Crenshaw Countymarker, Alabamamarker, United Statesmarker. At the 2000 census the population was 2,635. The city is the county seat of Crenshaw Countymarker.


The town of Luverne was founded in 1889 in the central part of Crenshaw County. The site of the town is on land purchased by M. P. Legrand, S. D. Hubbard and George A. Folmar, which was sold to the Montgomery and Florida Railroad Company. The railroad was the primary contributor to the town's establishment.


Luverne is located at .

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.4 square miles (32.2 km²), of which, 12.4 square miles (32.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,635 people, 1,107 households, and 710 families residing in the city. The population density was 212.7 people per square mile (82.1/km²). There were 1,249 housing units at an average density of 100.8/sq mi (38.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.25% White, 28.43% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,107 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 77.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,457, and the median income for a family was $30,950. Males had a median income of $30,680 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,244. About 19.2% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

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