Escambia County, Alabama

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Escambia County, Alabama
Escambia County Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Escambia County Alabama Courthouse
Location within Alabama
Location within Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
FoundedDecember 10, 1868
SeatBrewton
Largest cityAtmore
Area
 • Total952.95 sq mi (2,468 km2)
 • Land947.38 sq mi (2,454 km2)
 • Water5.57 sq mi (14 km2), (0.58%)
Population
 • (2010)38,319
 • Density40/sq mi (15.6/km2)

Escambia County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of 2010, 38,319 people lived there. Its county seat is Brewton.

History[change | change source]

Escambia County was formed after the American Civil War, on December 10, 1868. This was during the Reconstruction era. The name "Escambia" may come from the Creek name Shambia, meaning "clearwater",[1] or the Choctaw word for "cane-brake" or "reed-brake".

In September 1979, the county was declared a disaster area due to damage from Hurricane Frederic, and again in September 2004 due to damage from Hurricane Ivan.

Geography[change | change source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 952.95 square miles (2,468.1 km2). 947.38 square miles (2,453.7 km2) (or 99.42%) is land and 5.57 square miles (14.4 km2) (or 0.58%) is water.[2]

Major highways[change | change source]

  • I-65 (AL).svg Interstate 65
  • US 29.svg U.S. Highway 29
  • US 31.svg U.S. Highway 31
  • Alabama 21.svg Alabama State Route 21
  • Alabama 41.svg Alabama State Route 41
  • Alabama 113.svg Alabama State Route 113

Border counties[change | change source]

National protected area[change | change source]

Cities and towns[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Escambia County Alabama History - accessed August 18, 2009
  2. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.

Coordinates: 31°07′36″N 87°09′44″W / 31.12667°N 87.16222°W / 31.12667; -87.16222