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Chilton County, Alabama

Chilton County Alabama
US county information
NameChilton County
StateAlabama
SeatClanton
Largest cityClanton
US Area
Total Area700.76 sq mi (1815 km2)
Land Area693.98 sq mi (1797.4 km2)
Water Area6.78 sq mi (17.6 km2)
Population43643 (2010)
Density24.3/km2 (63/sq mi)
FoundedDecember 30, 1868

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Chilton County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of William Parish Chilton, Sr. (1810 1871), a lawyer who became Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and later represented Montgomery County in the Congress of the Confederate States of America. On February 4, 1861, Chilton gaveled the Confederacy into existence, as acting leader of the Provisional Congress. In 1942, the U.S. Navy commissioned a new vessel, the USS Chilton, in honor of Chilton County. In 2010, the population was 43,643. The county seat is Clanton and it is a prohibition, or dry county.

The center of population of Alabama is located in Chilton County, outside of the town of Jemison, an area known as Jemison Division.

The county is known for its peaches and its unique landscape. It is home to swamps, prairies and mountains due to the foothills of the Appalachians which end in the county, the Coosa River basin, and its proximity to the Black Belt Prairie.


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