Colbert County, AL

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Population

54,435

0.107% growth

Median Age

42.5


Median Household Income

$45,477

3.86% growth

Poverty Rate

16.8%


Number of Employees

22,180

0.562% growth

Median Property Value

$108,500

5.85% growth

About

In 2017, Colbert County, AL had a population of 54.4k people with a median age of 42.5 and a median household income of $45,477. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Colbert County, AL grew from 54,377 to 54,435, a 0.107% increase and its median household income grew from $43,786 to $45,477, a 3.86% increase.

The population of Colbert County, AL is 78.8% White Alone, 15.9% Black or African American Alone, and 2.41% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Colbert County, AL speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Colbert County, AL are Northwest-Shoals Community College (830 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Colbert County, AL is $108,500, and the homeownership rate is 72.8%. Most people in Colbert County, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Colbert County, AL is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Overlooking the Tennessee River from Muscle Shoals, Al.

Economy

The economy of Colbert County, AL employs 22.2k people. The largest industries in Colbert County, AL are Manufacturing (4,233 people), Retail Trade (3,121 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,896 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,525), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($60,720), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,576).

Median household income in Colbert County, AL is $45,477. Males in Colbert County, AL have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,615. The income inequality in Colbert County, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,477

2017 value

± $1,959

3.86%

1 Year Growth

± 7.32%

Households in Colbert County, AL have a median annual income of $45,477, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $43,786 in 2016, which represents a 3.86% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,549

Average Male Salary

± $1,465

$40,615

Average Female Salary

± $997

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alabama made 1.44 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,018 ± $10,489

  2. White

    $47,885 ± $1,063

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $45,909 ± $38,465

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alabama workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Colbert County, AL is from Alabama.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.458

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.343% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alabama was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alabama in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alabama across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 207.01

  2. Census Tract 204

  3. Census Tract 205

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Colbert County, AL was Census Tract 207.01 with a value of $61,775, followed by Census Tract 204 and Census Tract 205, with respective values of $55,388 and $54,918.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Colbert County, AL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Colbert County, AL (9.06k out of 53.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    6,196 ± 537

  2. Black

    2,133 ± 316

  3. Two Or More

    387 ± 165

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Colbert County, AL is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

22.2k

2017 Value

± 1,035

0.562%

1 Year growth

± 6.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Colbert County, AL grew at a rate of 0.562%, from 22.1k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Colbert County, AL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,179 people), Production Occupations (2,618 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,591 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Colbert County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Colbert County, AL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,179 people), Production Occupations (2,618 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,591 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Colbert County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.04 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.82 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.6 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Colbert County, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($90,816), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($85,485), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($83,839).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22.2k

2017 Value

± 1,035

0.562%

1 Year growth

± 6.5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Colbert County, AL grew at a rate of 0.562%, from 22.1k employees to 22.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Colbert County, AL, are Manufacturing (4,233 people), Retail Trade (3,121 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,896 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Colbert County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Colbert County, AL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Colbert County, AL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,233 people), Retail Trade (3,121 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,896 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Colbert County, AL has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.16 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.89 times), and Retail Trade (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Colbert County, AL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($70,525), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($60,720), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,576).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alabama to other states, or from other states to Alabama.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.7B

  2. $28B

  3. $21.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Alabama product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $40.7B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($21.5B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$243B

2015 Value

$367B

Projected 2045 Value

50.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alabama trade was $243B. This is expected to increase 50.7% to $367B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alabama trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alabama to other states, or from other states to Alabama.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.3B

  2. $16.7B

  3. $14.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Alabama domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $25.3B, followed by Florida with $16.7B and Tennessee and $14.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alabama shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.4% of the population of Colbert County, AL has health coverage, with 48.3% on employee plans, 12.6% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 2.01% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Colbert County, AL was $7,281 in 2014. This is a 4.07% increase from the previous year ($6,996).

Primary care physicians in Colbert County, AL see 1599 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.312% decrease from the previous year (1604 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2357 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3873 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Greene County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.1%). Additionally, Macon County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,599 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Colbert County, AL see an average of 1,599 patients per year. This represents a 0.312% decrease from the previous year (1,604 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Colbert County, AL in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,281

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,641

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,042

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,267

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alabama (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.07%, from $6,996 to $7,281.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.63%

Uninsured

48.3%

Employer Coverage

12.6%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

13.6%

Non-Group

2.01%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Colbert County, AL declined by 5.65% from 9.14% to 8.63%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Colbert County, AL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 21.1% prevalence

  2. 20.9% prevalence

  3. 20.4% prevalence

Greene County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alabama, at 21.1%.

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Diversity

Colbert County, AL is home to a population of 54.4k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.76% of Colbert County, AL residents were born outside of the country (959 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Colbert County, AL is composed of 42.9k White Alone residents (78.8%), 8.68k Black or African American Alone residents (15.9%), 1.31k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.41%), 869 Two or More Races residents (1.6%), 404 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.742%), 246 Asian Alone residents (0.452%), 31 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0569%), and 19 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0349%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Colbert County, AL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Colbert County, AL was 42.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Colbert County, AL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Colbert County, AL residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.76%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

959 people

1.56%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

849 people

As of 2017, 1.76% of Colbert County, AL residents (959 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Colbert County, AL was 1.56%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    51,837 ± 5,560 people

  2. Guatemala

    11,080 ± 2,581 people

  3. India

    9,229 ± 2,356 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alabama was Mexico, the natal country of 51,837 Alabama residents, followed by Guatemala with 11,080 and India with 9,229.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Colbert County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Colbert County, AL was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    42.9k ± 49

  2. Black or African American Alone

    8.68k ± 249

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.31k ± 345

In 2017, there were 4.94 times more White Alone residents (42.9k people) in Colbert County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.68k Black or African American Alone and 1.31k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Colbert County, AL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Colbert County, AL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Colbert County, AL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Colbert County, AL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,377 ± 225

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    524 ± 172

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    496 ± 154

Colbert County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Colbert County, AL awarded 830 degrees. The student population of Colbert County, AL is skewed towards women, with 1,600 male students and 2,152 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Colbert County, AL are White (697 and 84.1%), followed by Black or African American (81 and 9.77%), Hispanic or Latino (21 and 2.53%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (14 and 1.69%).

The largest universities in Colbert County, AL by number of degrees awarded are Northwest-Shoals Community College (830 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Colbert County, AL are Welding Technology (247 and 29.8%), General Studies (88 and 10.6%), and Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (69 and 8.31%).

The median tuition costs in Colbert County, AL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Colbert County, AL was Welding Technology with 239 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Colbert County, AL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

830 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Colbert County, AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northwest-Shoals Community College with 830 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

528

Degrees Awarded to Men

302

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 528 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Colbert County, AL, which is 1.75 times more than the 302 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    697 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    81 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    21 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Colbert County, AL were to White students. These 697 degrees mean that there were 8.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 81 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Colbert County, AL was $108,500 in 2017, which is 0.499 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $102,500 to $108,500, a 5.85% increase. The homeownership rate in Colbert County, AL is 72.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Colbert County, AL have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Colbert County, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$45,477

Median Household Income

± $1,959

22k

Number of Households

± 993

In 2017, the median household income of the 22k households in Colbert County, AL grew to $45,477 from the previous year's value of $43,786.

The following chart displays the households in Colbert County, AL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$108,500

2017 Median

± $5,071

$102,500

2016 Median

± $5,271

In 2017, the median property value in Colbert County, AL grew to to $108,500 from the previous year's value of $102,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Colbert County, AL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Colbert County, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Colbert County, AL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Colbert County, AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.8%

2017 Homeownership

72.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.8% of the housing units in Colbert County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Colbert County, AL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Colbert County, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Colbert County, AL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Colbert County, AL have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.2% of the workforce in Colbert County, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    89.1%

  2. Carpooled

    7.31%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.97%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Colbert County, AL was Drove Alone (89.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.31%) and those who Worked At Home (1.97%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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