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Shelby County, Alabama
Seal of Shelby County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Shelby County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Seat Columbiana
Largest city Alabaster
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

810 sq mi (2,098 km²)
795 sq mi (2,059 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 1.83%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

143,293
215/sq mi (83/km²)
Founded February 7, 1818
OldShelbyCountyCourthouse.jpg
Old Shelby County Courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama
Website www.shelbycountyalabama.com

Shelby County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama and is named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky. The county seat of Shelby County is Columbiana. As of 2005 U.S. Census estimated the population was 171,465. Shelby County ranks among the 100 highest-income counties in the United States. Shelby County's growth has accompanied the decline of Birmingham and Jefferson County. The county's newspaper is the Shelby County Reporter.

Contents

History

Shelby County was established on February 7, 1818, and named for Governor Isaac Shelby (1750–1826), of Kentucky.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 810 square miles (2,097 km²), of which, 795 square miles (2,058 km²) of it is land and 15 square miles (38 km²) of it (1.83%) is water.

Transportation

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Major highways

Rail

Airport

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 23,684
1910 26,949 13.8%
1920 27,097 0.5%
1930 27,576 1.8%
1940 28,962 5.0%
1950 30,362 4.8%
1960 32,132 5.8%
1970 38,037 18.4%
1980 66,298 74.3%
1990 99,358 49.9%
2000 143,293 44.2%
Est. 2008 187,784 31.0%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 143,293 people, 54,631 households, and 40,590 families residing in the county. The population density was 180 people per square mile (70/km²). There were 59,302 housing units at an average density of 75 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.80% White, 7.40% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 54,631 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.60% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 33.70% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 8.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,440, and the median income for a family was $64,105. Males had a median income of $45,798 versus $31,242 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,176. About 4.60% of families and 6.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Shelby County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 76.4% 68,945 22.8% 20,575 0.9% 772
2004 80.4% 63,435 18.8% 14,850 0.8% 621
2000 76.7% 47,651 21.2% 13,183 2.1% 1,294
1996 73.1%% 37,090 22.2% 11,280 4.7% 2,403
1992 68.0% 32,736 21.4% 10,317 10.6% 5,112

Municipalities and census-designated places

Places of interest

Shelby County is home to Oak Mountain State Park, the Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area, and American Village.

References

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 33°15′55″N 86°40′04″W / 33.26528°N 86.66778°W / 33.26528; -86.66778


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Shelby County, Alabama
Seal of Shelby County, Alabama
Map
File:Map of Alabama highlighting Shelby County.png
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the USA highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded February 7, 1818
Seat Columbiana
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.83%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

171465
Website: www.shelbycountyalabama.com

Shelby County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama and is named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky. The county seat of Shelby County is Columbiana. As of 2005 U.S. Census estimated the population was 171,465.

Contents

History

Shelby County was established on February 7, 1818.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,097 km² (810 sq mi). 2,058 km² (795 sq mi) of it is land and 38 km² (15 sq mi) of it (1.83%) is water.

Transportation

Major Highways

Rail

Airport

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 143,293 people, 54,631 households, and 40,590 families residing in the county. The population density was 70/km² (180/sq mi). There were 59,302 housing units at an average density of 29/km² (75/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.80% White, 7.40% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 2.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 54,631 households out of which 36.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.60% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 33.70% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 8.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,440, and the median income for a family was $64,105. Males had a median income of $45,798 versus $31,242 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,176. About 4.60% of families and 6.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.10% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Municipalities and census-designated places

External links

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 33°15′55″N, 86°40′04″WLatitude: 33°15′55″N
Longitude: 86°40′4″W

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