Jackson County, Alabama

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Jackson County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. Its name is in honor of Andrew Jackson, general in the United States Army and President of the United States of America. As of 2000, the population was 53,926. Its county seat is Scottsboro and it's a prohibition or dry county. However, three cities within the county (Bridgeport, Scottsboro, and Stevenson) are wet. Jackson County covers parts of former Decatur County.




Jackson County was established on December 13, 1819.


While most of North Alabama has become solidly Republican, Jackson County remains a strong-hold of the Democratic Party (which is not to say the residents are liberals; see Dixiecrat and Southern Democrat). There are no elected Republicans in local Jackson County Government. In the, 2004 Presidential Election, Jackson County voted for Republican George W. Bush over Democrat John Kerry. It was the first time Jackson County voters chose a Republican presidential candidate over a Democrat since 1972.

The trending Republican has continued since 2004. In 2008 John McCain won the county with 67.7% of the vote.[1] In 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert J. Bentley received 56% of the vote[2], Republican House candidate Mo Brooks received 55% of the vote[3], and incumbent Senator Richard Shelby received 70% in the county[4]. Although in 2010 Democratic politicians continued to win in Jackson on some of the more local races.[5]

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