Marion County, Alabama

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Marion County, Alabama
Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton, Alabama.jpg
Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton
Location within Alabama
Location within Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 13, 1818
Named forFrancis Marion
Largest cityHamilton
 • Total744 sq mi (1,927 km2)
 • Land742 sq mi (1,922 km2)
 • Water1.3 sq mi (3 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)29,883
 • Density41/sq mi (16/km2)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
  • County Number 49 on Alabama Licence Plates

Marion County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,776.[1] The county seat is Hamilton.[2] The county was named in honor of General Francis Marion (1732–1795), an American Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina who was known as "The Swamp Fox."[3]

Marion County is in the northwestern part of the state, bounded on the west by the state of Mississippi. It encompasses 743 square miles (1,920 km2).

History[change | change source]

The county was created on February 13, 1818. The county seat was originally founded in Pikeville in 1820, and moved to Hamilton in 1881.

References[change | change source]

  1. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 200.