Dallas County, Alabama

county in Alabama, United States

Dallas County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. The county seat is Selma.

Dallas County
Dallas County Courthouse in Selma. Built in 1901, it was given an extensive modern makeover in 1960
Dallas County Courthouse in Selma. Built in 1901, it was given an extensive modern makeover in 1960
Map of Alabama highlighting Dallas County
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°19′29″N 87°06′19″W / 32.324722222222°N 87.105277777778°W / 32.324722222222; -87.105277777778
Country United States
State Alabama
FoundedFebruary 9, 1818
Named forAlexander J. Dallas
SeatSelma
Largest citySelma
Area
 • Total994 sq mi (2,570 km2)
 • Land979 sq mi (2,540 km2)
 • Water15 sq mi (40 km2)  1.5%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2017)
39,215
 • Density45/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.dallascounty-al.org
 
  • County Number 27 on Alabama Licence Plates

HistoryEdit

Dallas County was formed on February 9, 1818. It was named for U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander J. Dallas of Pennsylvania. At first the county seat was at Cahaba. In 1865, the county seat was moved to Selma.

GeographyEdit

Dallas County is in the Black Belt region. The Alabama River is in the county.

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 993.37 square miles (2,572.8 km2). 980.71 square miles (2,540.0 km2) (or 98.73%) is land and 12.66 square miles (32.8 km2) (or 1.27%) is water.[1]

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EducationEdit

Areas not in Selma are served by Dallas County Schools. Areas in Selma are served by Selma City Schools.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  2. Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963.

Coordinates: 32°19′29″N 87°06′19″W / 32.32472°N 87.10528°W / 32.32472; -87.10528