Talladega County, Alabama (population 80,242) is located near the center of the state and encompasses over 750 square miles. The county was established in 1832 from land ceded by the Creek Indians. The name Talladega was derived from the Creek Native American word meaning "border town." The City of Talladega is the county seat. The Talladega County courthouse, constructed in 1838, is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state of Alabama, according to the Alabama Historical Society.
Talladega County is home to the Talladega Superspeedway and the state's highest mountain. The county lies in the Coosa River Valley at the southern end of the Appalachian mountain range and includes long stretches of upland forests. The Coosa River and its tributaries run through the county and provide business and recreational opportunities for residents. Some of the county's largest employers include Honda, the Talladega County Board of Education, Nemak Aluminum Components, the Coosa Valley Medical Center, New South Express, and Bowater Newsprint.