About Marshall County
Marshall County was created by an act of the Alabama Legislature on Jan. 9, 1836. It was named in honor of John Marshall, the famous supreme court justice. Marshall County is the most densely populated rural area in the Eastern United States.
The population of Marshall County is 97,760, with about 94 percent white, 2.3 percent black, and 12.9 percent Hispanic. There are 32 educational outlets in the county, including 15 elementary schools, nine middle schools, six high schools, one technical school and one two-year college.
Corn and soybeans are the major agricultural crops grown in the county. Poultry is the major agricultural industry in Marshall County. The county has some well known tourist attractions, including Guntersville Lake and State Park, Cathedral Caverns and Boaz Outlet Mall.
The Marshall County Extension Office has four full-time and one part-time employees. About 315 volunteers help with various Extension programs. Some of the more popular programs include Master Gardener, fruit and vegetable programs, financial management, food preservation, teen pregnancy prevention, and Hispanic health programs. There are more than 1,200 youth involved in 4-H.