Calhoun County, Alabama

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Calhoun County, Alabama
Calhoun County, Alabama Courthouse.JPG
Calhoun County courthouse in Anniston
Map of Alabama highlighting Calhoun County
Location in the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 18, 1832
as Benton County
Named forJohn C. Calhoun
SeatAnniston
Largest cityAnniston
Area
 • Total612 sq mi (1,585 km2)
 • Land606 sq mi (1,570 km2)
 • Water6.4 sq mi (17 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)114,728
 • Density191/sq mi (74/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.calhouncounty.org
Footnotes:  
  • County Number 11 on Alabama Licence Plates

Calhoun County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2010 the population was 118,572. It is included in the Anniston-Oxford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Anniston.

History[change | change source]

Benton County was formed on December 18, 1832. It was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a member of the United States Senate from Missouri. The first county seat was at Jacksonville.

An F4 tornado struck here on Palm Sunday March 27, 1994. It destroyed Piedmont's Goshen United Methodist Church twelve minutes after the National Weather Service of Birmingham issued a tornado warning for northern Calhoun, southeastern Etowah, and southern Cherokee.

Geography[change | change source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 612.32 square miles (1,585.9 km2). 608.46 square miles (1,575.9 km2) (or 99.37%) is land and 3.86 square miles (10.0 km2) (or 0.63%) is water.[1]

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Calhoun County is home to the Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum of World History. It also contains a part of the Talladega National Forest.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.