Calhoun County, Alabama

county in Alabama, United States

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.

Calhoun County
Calhoun County courthouse in Anniston
Calhoun County courthouse in Anniston
Map of Alabama highlighting Calhoun County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°46′10″N 85°49′15″W / 33.769444444444°N 85.820833333333°W / 33.769444444444; -85.820833333333
Country United States
State Alabama
FoundedDecember 18, 1832
as Benton County
Named forJohn C. Calhoun
Largest cityAnniston
 • Total612 sq mi (1,590 km2)
 • Land606 sq mi (1,570 km2)
 • Water6.4 sq mi (17 km2)  1.0%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density191/sq mi (74/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
  • County Number 11 on Alabama Licence Plates


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.


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.


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