Etowah County

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Etowah County, Alabama

800 Forrest Ave
Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: (256) 549-5300
Fax: (256) 549-5400
www.etowahcounty.org

In northeastern AL, northwest of Anniston; organized as Baine County Dec 7, 1866; name changed Dec 1, 1868. Name Origin: Originally for David W. Baine, Confederate officer killed in the war. County abolished Dec 3, 1867 because he was a secessionist. Recreated and renamed for the Etowah Indian mound in GA. Meaning of Cherokee itawa is unknown but may be related to Creek italwa 'town, tribe.'

Area (sq mi):: 548.75 (land 534.82; water 13.93) Population per square mile: 192.90
Population 2005: 103,189 State rank: 11 Population change: 2000-20005 -0.30%; 1990-2000 3.60% Population 2000: 103,459 (White 82.10%; Black or African American 14.70%; Hispanic or Latino 1.70%; Asian 0.40%; Other 1.90%). Foreign born: 1.60%. Median age: 38.30
Income 2000: per capita $16,783; median household $31,170; Population below poverty level: 15.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,410-$23,744
Unemployment (2004): 6.30% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.10% Median travel time to work: 24.50 minutes Working outside county of residence: 24.80%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Gadsden County seat (37,640)

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