Ashland, Alabama

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Ashland is a town[2] in Clay County, Alabama, United States. The population was 1,965 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a city; according to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population was 1,885.[3] The town is the county seat of Clay County.



Ashland draws its name from the plantation home of Henry Clay,[citation needed] a nineteenth-century American statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Fifteen Clay counties in the United States are named for "The Great Compromiser," known for his ability to bring others to agreement during a most contentious era of American politics.

The century-old Clay County Courthouse on the town square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976.[4]


Ashland is located at 33°16′20″N 85°50′13″W / 33.27222°N 85.83694°W / 33.27222; -85.83694 (33.272206, -85.836925)[5].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 7.3 square miles (19 km2), of which 7.2 square miles (19 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.41%) is water.

At 1,130 feet (340 m), Ashland is Alabama's highest elevated county seat[6].


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,965 people, 854 households, and 519 families residing in the city. The population density was 271.5 inhabitants per square mile (104.8 /km2). There were 975 housing units at an average density of 134.7 per square mile (52.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.74% White, 25.29% Black or African American, 0.10% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 2.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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