Chilton County, Alabama

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Chilton County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Chilton County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the USA highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 30, 1868
Seat Clanton
Largest City Calera
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

700.76 sq mi (1,815 km²)
693.98 sq mi (1,797 km²)
6.78 sq mi (18 km²), (0.97%)
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

43,643
63/sq mi (24/km²)

Chilton County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. In 1942, the U.S. Navy commissioned a new vessel, the USS Chilton, in honor of Chilton County. In 2010, the population was 43,643. The county seat is Clanton. It is a dry county which means alcoholic drinks cannot be sold.

The county is known for its peaches and its unique landscape. It is home to swamps, prairies and mountains due to the foothills of the Appalachians. It also has the Coosa River basin and is close to the Black Belt Prairie.

History[change | edit source]

Baker County was formed on December 30, 1868. It was named for Alfred Baker, with its county seat at Grantville. Residents of the county asked the Alabama legislature for the renaming of their county. In 1874, they chose the name Chilton County. William Parish Chilton, Sr. (1810–1871), was a lawyer who became Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Later he represented Montgomery County in the Congress of the Confederate States of America. It is not known when the county seat was moved.

Geography[change | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 700.76 square miles (1,815.0 km2). 693.98 square miles (1,797.4 km2) (or 99.03%) is land and 6.78 square miles (17.6 km2) (or 0.97%) is water.[1]

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References[change | edit source]

  1. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.