Rural Poverty Stricken County Of Hale County

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Hale County

Hale County, considered one of the most poverty stricken rural counties in Alabama. Located in the west section of Alabama. Hale County shares borders with Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Perry, Marengo, and Greene counties. Hale County once referred to as the Black Belt was once known for its rich soil and crop production. Currently the cash produce is catfish. The county has a lot of catfish ponds. The switch to catfish farms allowed the county to move away from producing cotton. The county is named after Confederate Officer Stephen Hale who died during the Civil War. The county was established in 1867. The goal of this essay is to inform readers about rural poverty stricken county of Hale.

According to the 2013 Census, there were 15,760 people residing in Hale County. Breakdown consist of 59.0% were African American, 39.8% Caucasian, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% of unknown race and 0.6% of mixed race 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino (www.archives.state.al.us). Census information from 2000 is higher, the population then was 17,185. The county is losing community members due to the lack of jobs. Many articles suggest jobs are the only thing causing people to leave Hale County. Research shows that many enjoy the communities, the schools and their neighbors. The thought of relying on neighbors is somewhat comforting but, a practice of the past. Many feel they should leave and seek higher goals.

"The median income for a household in the county was $25,807,…
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