Counties in Alabama

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Alabama has 67 counties.[1] The oldest is Washington County (created June 4, 1800) and the youngest is Houston County (created February 9, 1903). According to 2006 U. S. Census estimates, the average population of Alabama's sixty-seven counties is 68,642, with Jefferson County as the most populous (656,700), and Greene County (9,374) the least. Two counties, Shelby and Baldwin, have been granted home rule status by special acts of the state legislature.[2]

County website evaluations

Main article: Evaluation of Alabama county websites

Websites of the five largest counties in Alabama were last reviewed in November 2012. All other county websites were last reviewed in 2009.

  • Only three Alabama counties post budgets on their website.
  • Eight counties include information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • Twenty include information about the county's elected officials.
  • Fifteen include information about the county's administrative officials.
  • Three give information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • Five of the counties put information on their websites about audits that the county government has had performed.
  • Only one county (St. Clair) provides information about its contracts with county vendors.
  • None of the county websites disclose whether or not they belong to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • The county websites uniformly do not provide information on how to request public records using the Alabama Public Records Law.
  • 32 county websites provide some information about county taxes.

Counties without websites

As of August 30, 2009, 28 of Alabama's 67 counties had no website.

Laws governing local ballot measures

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Alabama

Counties have very limited powers of initiative and referendum for the establishment or repeal of certain ordinances and powers that are established in State Code 11-3A. These powers are restricted to issues of Public Health and Safety only to include:

(1) Abatement of weeds as a public nuisance as defined in Section 11-67-60.

(2) Subject to the provisions of Section 6-5-127, control of animals and animal nuisances.
(3) Control of litter as defined in subsection (b) of Section 13A-7-29, or rubbish as defined in subdivision (4) of Section 22-27-2.
(4) Junkyard control of areas which create a public nuisance because of an accumulation of items described in the definition of a junkyard under Section 11-80-10.
(5) Subject to the provisions of Section 6-5-127, abatement of noise, unsanitary sewage, or pollution creating a public nuisance as defined in Sections 6-5-120 and 6-5-121.[3][4]

List of counties

County County Seat
Autauga County Pratville
Baldwin County Bay Minette
Barbour County Clayton
Bibb County Centreville
Blount County Oneonta
Bullock County Union Springs
Butler County Butler
Calhoun County Anniston
Chambers County LaFayette
Cherokee County Centre
Chilton County Clanton
Choctaw County Butler
Clarke County Grove Hill
Clay County Ashland
Cleburne County Heflin
Coffee County Elba
Colbert County Tuscumbia
Conecuh County Evergreen
Coosa County Rockford
Covington County Anadalusia
Crenshaw County Luverne
Cullman County Cullman
Dale County Ozark
Dallas County Selma
DeKalb County Fort Payne
Elmore County Wetumpka
Escambia County Brewton
Etowah County Gadsden
Fayette County Fayette
Franklin County Russellville
Geneva County Geneva
Greene County Eutaw
Hale County Greensboro
Henry County Abbeville
Houston County Dothan
Jackson County Scottsboro
Jefferson County Birmingham
Lamar County Vernon
Lauderdale County Florence
Lawrence County Moulton
Lee County Opelika
Limestone County Athens
Lowndes County Hayneville
Macon County Tuskegee
Madison County Huntsville
Marengo County Linden
Marion County Hamilton
Marshall County Guntersville
Mobile County Mobile
Monroe County Monroeville
Montgomery County Montgomery
Morgan County Decatur
Perry County Marion
Pickens County Carrollton
Pike County Troy
Randolph County Wedowee
Russell County Phenix City
St. Clair County Ashville
Shelby County Columbiana
Sumter County Livingston
Talladega County Talladega
Tallapoosa County Dadeville
Tuscaloosa County Tuscaloosa
Walker County Jasper
Washington County Chatom
Wilcox County Camden
Winston County Double Springs

See also

External links


  1. "Alabama Department of Archives and History: Alabama Counties," August 16, 2013
  2. Alabama Constitution, Amendments 707 and 783
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  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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