Escambia County is the southernmost county in the Coastal Gateway region, located due south of Conecuh County and south-southeast of Monroe County. Once a part of Conecuh and Baldwin counties, Escambia County became its own entity in 1868. Most attribute its name to "Shambia," the Creek Indian word for "clear water."
The county had, until the 20th century, a largely agricultural economy. Farming and timber provided much of the employment for Escambia County residents. In recent decades, other industries have been added to Escambia's economic portfolio.
As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 38,319. Brewton is the county seat. The county is home to Escambia County High School, Flomaton High School, W.S Neal High School, Escambia Academy, Atmore Christian School, Temple Christian Academy and T.R. Miller High School, as well as Jefferson Davis Community College. Notable cities and towns are Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Foshee, Pollard and Riverview.
While agricultural and timber industries are still prominent in modern-day Escambia County, textiles, oil and gas production, concrete and heavy machinery parts production help round out the mix. The county also boasts a plentiful water supply.
The county is served by two airports, Atmore Municipal Airport and Brewton Municipal Airport. Atmore Municipal Airport features a single, 4,952-foot runway, while Brewton Municipal Airport features three runways in a triangle formation. The lengths of Brewton's three runways are 5,135 feet, 5,066 feet and 4,100 feet.
The county is served by several notable state highways, along with U.S. Highway 29, U.S. Highway 31 and multiple exits along Interstate 65.
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