Rutledge, Alabama

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Rutledge is a town in Crenshaw County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the town is 476.

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Geography

Rutledge is located at 31°43′59″N 86°18′35″W / 31.73306°N 86.30972°W / 31.73306; -86.30972 (31.733103, -86.309619)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²), all of it land.

History

Rutledge began as Barber's Crossroads. It was originally settled by Jared Phelps Barber. It was renamed Rutledge in 1867.[2] Rutledge was the first county seat of Crenshaw County and held that position from March 1867 to May 1893. Originally called Barber’s Cross Roads, it was briefly named Crenshaw; but June 10, 1867, it was changed to Rutledge in honor of Captain Henry Rutledge, Company H. 59th Alabama Infantry, CSA.[3]

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 476 people, 201 households, and 127 families residing in the town. The population density was 143.4 people per square mile (55.4/km²). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 79.5/sq mi (30.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.01% White, 28.36% Black or African American, and 0.63% from two or more races.

There were 201 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $22,500. Males had a median income of $25,179 versus $18,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,226. About 30.9% of families and 30.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.6% of those under age 18 and 26.5% of those age 65 or over.

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