Thursday, October 17, 2019

Population loss in Alabama: Wilcox County/Camden

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Wilcox County, Camden)

Camden is the county seat of Wilcox County.  

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 12.0% - Wilcox County
  • 24.5% - Alabama
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 19.4% - Wilcox County
  • 16.9% - Alabama
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 32.0% - Wilcox County
  • 16.8% - Alabama
  • 11.8% - U.S.

The last time Wilcox County voted for a Republican presidential candidate was in 1964, when LBJ wasn't on the ballot here.  Clinton received 70.9% of the vote in 2016.  George Wallace received 57.3% of the vote in 1968.

Wilcox County Library, Camden
(shared space with other county offices)
Related reading:
Legacy of School Segregation Endures, Separate but Legal.  (The New York Times, 9/30/2007)
Wilcox County, a place of privilege and deprivation, of restored antebellum houses and dilapidated mobile homes, had its own Little Rock experience, though much later than most. Slow to come around, you might say. 
The history provided by the Chamber of Commerce makes no mention of those days, but that’s all right. Ms. Shamburger, 56, has not forgotten.

Other Alabama population loss posts:
Sumter County/Livingston.  (10/13/2019)
Marengo County/Linden.  (10/14/2019)
Greene County/Eutaw.  (10/15/2019)
Hale County/Greensboro.  (10/15/2019)
Perry County/Marion.  (10/16/2019)

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