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Macon County, Alabama

US county information
NameMacon County
StateAlabama
SeatTuskegee
Largest cityTuskegee
US Area
Total Area613.24 sq mi (1588.3 km2)
Land Area610.52 sq mi (1581.2 km2)
Water Area2.72 sq mi (7 km2)
Population21452 (2010)
Density13.5/km2 (35/sq mi)
FoundedDecember 18, 1832

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Macon County is a county in the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Nathaniel Macon, a member of the United States Senate from North Carolina. Developed for cotton plantation agriculture in the nineteenth century, it is one of the counties in Alabama within the Black Belt of the South.

As of 2010 the population was 21,452. Its county seat is Tuskegee. Mostly rural and with high rates of poverty, the county has a majority African American population, descendants of slaves who worked on the plantations before the American Civil War. In the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election, Macon had the third-highest number of voters in the state for the Democratic Senator John Kerry. It was the setting of the 1974 movie, Macon County Line.


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