Vernon, Alabama is a city in Lamar County, Alabama. The city is the county seat of Lamar County, and previously served as the seat of its two predecessors, Jones County (not to be confused with Covington County), which briefly existed in 1867, and for Sanford County from 1868 until it was renamed Lamar in 1877.
It incorporated in 1870. At the 2010 census the population was 2,000, down from 2,143 in 2000. It is the largest city in Lamar County as of 2010, and previously held the distinction in 1880 and from 1960-1990, falling to 2nd place in 2000 behind Sulligent, but since reclaiming the title.
Vernon Alabama Demographics
At the 2000 census there were 2,143 people in 953 households, including 630 families, in the city. The population density was 362.2 people per square mile. There were 1,070 housing units at an average density of 180.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 86.19% White, 12.65% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.05% Asian, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Vernon Alabama History
The city of Vernon was originally known as Swayne Courthouse; it was named for the head of the Freedman’s Bureau, General Wager Swayne, who served in the Chattahoochee District of the state. The name of the town was changed in 1868 to Vernon after Edmund Vernon.
Vernon is located at (33.756414, -88.111409).