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Courthouse signThe Alabama State Legislature formally recognized Pickens County on December 19, 1819 as being a county. The name "Pickens" was from General Andrew Pickens, an American Revolutionary War hero. Though the original county seat was in Pickensville, it was moved to Carrollton in 1830, where it remains.

Pickens County's western border is the Mississippi state line. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway meanders through the western portion of the county. The primary resources in the county include timber and woodlands, sand/gravel, and natural gas. Poultry production, hogs, cattle, and catfish, as well as some cotton, hay, and corn farming are prevalent in Pickens County.


Other Pickens County Facts:

State Map

Pickens County

Population: 20,401

Government: County Commission

Racial makeup: 56 percent white, 43 percent black, and 1 percent other races

Sales tax: 8 percent in incorporated areas

Incorporated Cities and Towns: Aliceville-pop. 2484; Carrollton-pop. 963; Ethelsville-pop. 79; Gordo-pop. 1610; McMullen-pop. 62; Memphis-pop. 32; Pickensville-pop. 651; Reform-pop. 1883.

County Commission:

District 1 - David Shaw

District 2 - Frederick Kennedy

District 3 - Tim Browning

District 4 - Willie Colvin

District 5 - Ted Ezelle


Pickens County Board of Education, (205)-367-2080
Superintendent Leonard Duff

Aliceville Elementary School, (205)-373-8722

Aliceville Middle School, 205-373-6900

Aliceville High School, (205)-373-6378

Carrollton Unit School, (205)-367-9021

Gordo Elementary School, (205)-364-8480

Gordo High School, (205)-364-7353

Pickens Academy, 205-367-8144

Pickens County High School, (205)-375-2344

Reform Elementary School, (205)-375-6351



City of Aliceville (205)-373-6611

City of Carrollton (205)-367-8711

City of Gordo (205)-364-7111

City of Reform (205)-375-6363

Information provided by Tuscaloosa News: Living Here 2007.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,305 km² (890 mi²). 2,283 km² (881 mi²) of it is land and 22 km² (9 mi²) of it (0.97%) is water.

Major Highways
U.S. Highway 82
State Route 14
State Route 17
State Route 32
State Route 86

Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway
Alabama Southern Railroad

Adjacent Counties
Lamar County (north)
Fayette County (northeast)
Tuscaloosa County (east)
Greene County (southeast)
Sumter County (south)
Noxubee County, Mississippi (southwest)
Lowndes County, Mississippi (northwest)

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