Washington County is a county of the U. S. state of Alabama. The county was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. As of 2000, the population was 18,097. Its county seat is Chatom. Washington County is a dry county.
Washington County was where the major league baseball player Wilmer David "Vinegar Bend" Mizell (1930-1999) played ball. Mizell served as a Republican congressman from North Carolina from 1969-1975.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,089 square miles (2,819 km²), of which, 1,081 square miles (2,799 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (0. 72%) is water. The Tombigbee River borders Washington County to the east.
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,097 people, 6,705 households, and 5,042 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 8,123 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64. 98% White, 26. 89% Black or African American, 7. 12% Native American, 0. 06% Asian, 0. 03% Pacific Islander, 0. 05% from other races, and 0. 87% from two or more races. 0. 88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,705 households out of which 37. 90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59. 10% were married couples living together, 12. 50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24. 80% were non-families. 22. 80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10. 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 69 and the average family size was 3. 17.
In the county the population was spread out with 28. 70% under the age of 18, 8. 60% from 18 to 24, 27. 40% from 25 to 44, 22. 90% from 45 to 64, and 12. 40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96. 10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91. 10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,815, and the median income for a family was $37,881. Males had a median income of $35,237 versus $18,337 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,081. About 14. 80% of families and 18. 50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21. 50% of those under age 18 and 22. 70% of those age 65 or over.
Probate Judge Charles Singleton
The Washington County School system includes:
Washington County is home to St. Stephens, the territorial capitol of Alabama. It also contains Washington County State Lake, The Washington County Public Library (www. wcpls. org) and the Washington County Museum.
This county information was provided courtesy of Wikipedia