Marengo County, Alabama

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Marengo County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Marengo County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of USA AL
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded January 20, 1830
Seat Linden
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

983 sq mi (2,546 km²)
977 sq mi (2,530 km²)
6 sq mi (16 km²), (0.59%)
 - (2000)
 - Density

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Marengo County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of a battlefield near Turin, Italy, where the French defeated the Austrians on June 14, 1800. As of 2000 the population was 22,539. Its county seat is Linden.

History Edit

Marengo County was created by the Alabama Territorial legislature on February 6, 1818, from land acquired from the Choctaw Indians by treaty in 1816. The name of the county was suggested by Judge Abner Lipscombe, and was given as a compliment to the first white settlers, expatriated French citizens and commemorative of Napoleon's great victory at Marengo over the Austrian armies on June 14, 1800. The county seat was originally known as "Town of Marengo." In 1823 the name was changed to Linden, a shortened version of "Hohenlinden," scene of a French victory in Bavaria in 1800. [1]

  • Courthouse fires occurred in 1848 and 1965.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,546 km² (983 sq mi). 2,531 km² (977 sq mi) of it is land and 15 km² (6 sq mi) of it (0.59%) is water. The entire western county border is formed by the Tombigbee River and a small northwestern portion is formed by the Black Warrior River.

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As of the census² of 2000, there were 22,539 people, 8,767 households, and 6,277 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (23/sq mi). There were 10,127 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 47.28% White, 51.71% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,767 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.40% were married couples living together, 19.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% 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 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,025, and the median income for a family was $35,475. Males had a median income of $36,053 versus $19,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,308. About 22.20% of families and 25.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.70% of those under age 18 and 25.30% of those age 65 or over.

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32°14′31″N 87°47′22″W / 32.24194, -87.78944

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