Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Population loss in Alabama: Greene County/Eutaw

It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. The first in a series.

Source:  Wikipedia (Greene County, Eutaw)

Eutaw is the county seat of Greene County.  

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 11.4% - Greene County
  • 24.5% - Alabama
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.3% - Greene County
  • 16.9% - Alabama
  • 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
  • 33.2% - Greene County
  • 16.8% - Alabama
  • 11.8% - U.S.

The last time Greene County voted for a Republican presidential candidate was in 1964, when LBJ wasn't on the ballot.  Clinton received 82.2% of the vote in 2016.  George Wallace received 39.3% of the vote in 1968.
Related reading:
A Small County's Hopes Dissolve in Accusations.  (The New York Times, 11/29/1996)
Twenty-seven years ago, Greene County became only the second county in the South where a black majority wrested power from segregationist whites.  
Today, in this sparsely populated land of rolling pastures, clapboard churches and rusty house trailers, blacks and whites alike are wondering what has become of that legacy. 
Federal and state officials are investigating allegations of blatant misspending and voting fraud as the western Alabama county totters on the brink of fiscal collapse.

Other Alabama population loss posts:
Sumter County/Livingston.  (10/13/2019)
Marengo County/Linden.  (10/14/2019)

Population loss series:

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