Marion County, Alabama

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Marion County
Map of Alabama highlighting Marion County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°08′11″N 87°53′03″W / 34.136388888889°N 87.884166666667°W / 34.136388888889; -87.884166666667
Country United States
State Alabama
FoundedFebruary 13, 1818
Named forFrancis Marion
Largest cityHamilton
 • Total744 sq mi (1,930 km2)
 • Land742 sq mi (1,920 km2)
 • Water1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%
 • Total29,341
 • Density39/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)

Marion County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 29,341.[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. 1.0 1.1 "QuickFacts: Marion County, Alabama". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2023.
  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.