Choctaw County is a county of the State of Alabama. It is named for the Choctaw tribe of American Indians. As of 2000 the population was 15,922. Its county seat is Butler.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,385 km▓ (921 mi▓). 2,366 km▓ (914 mi▓) of it is land and 19 km▓ (7 mi▓) of it is water. The total area is 0.80% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 15,922 people, 6,363 households, and 4,574 families residing in the county. The population density is 7/km▓ (17/mi▓). There are 7,839 housing units at an average density of 3/km▓ (9/mi▓). The racial makeup of the county is 55.14% White, 44.13% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,363 households out of which 32.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% are married couples living together, 16.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% are non-families. 26.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 2.99.
In the county the population is spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 88.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $24,749, and the median income for a family is $31,870. Males have a median income of $32,316 versus $18,760 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,635. 24.50% of the population and 20.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 34.80% of those under the age of 18 and 26.10% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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