Lauderdale County, AL

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Population

92,590

0.0551% decline

Median Age

41.5


Median Household Income

$44,888

2.82% growth

Poverty Rate

16.3%


Number of Employees

39,857

1.48% growth

Median Property Value

$126,800

2.18% growth

About

In 2017, Lauderdale County, AL had a population of 92.6k people with a median age of 41.5 and a median household income of $44,888. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lauderdale County, AL declined from 92,641 to 92,590, a -0.0551% decrease and its median household income grew from $43,657 to $44,888, a 2.82% increase.

The population of Lauderdale County, AL is 84.9% White Alone, 9.83% Black or African American Alone, and 2.47% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lauderdale County, AL speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lauderdale County, AL are University of North Alabama (1,398 degrees awarded in 2016) and Heritage Christian University (21 degrees).

The median property value in Lauderdale County, AL is $126,800, and the homeownership rate is 68.4%. Most people in Lauderdale County, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Lauderdale County, AL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lauderdale County, AL employs 39.9k people. The largest industries in Lauderdale County, AL are Manufacturing (5,397 people), Retail Trade (5,274 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,169 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,413), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,641), and Public Administration ($45,206).

Median household income in Lauderdale County, AL is $44,888. Males in Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,888

2017 value

± $1,370

2.82%

1 Year Growth

± 4.44%

Households in Lauderdale County, AL have a median annual income of $44,888, 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 $43,657 in 2016, which represents a 2.82% 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 Lauderdale 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 116.04

  2. Census Tract 115.02

  3. Census Tract 111.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lauderdale County, AL was Census Tract 116.04 with a value of $73,784, followed by Census Tract 115.02 and Census Tract 111.01, with respective values of $66,618 and $59,418.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lauderdale County, AL (14.7k out of 90.3k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 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

    12,100 ± 782

  2. Black

    2,103 ± 326

  3. Hispanic

    633 ± 176

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lauderdale County, AL is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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

39.9k

2017 Value

± 1,428

1.48%

1 Year growth

± 5.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lauderdale County, AL grew at a rate of 1.48%, from 39.3k employees to 39.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lauderdale County, AL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,483 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,256 people), and Production Occupations (3,358 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lauderdale County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lauderdale County, AL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,483 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,256 people), and Production Occupations (3,358 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lauderdale County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.45 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.28 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.25 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lauderdale County, AL, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($75,694), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,875), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,363).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

39.9k

2017 Value

± 1,428

1.48%

1 Year growth

± 5.02%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lauderdale County, AL grew at a rate of 1.48%, from 39.3k employees to 39.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lauderdale County, AL, are Manufacturing (5,397 people), Retail Trade (5,274 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,169 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lauderdale County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, AL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,397 people), Retail Trade (5,274 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (5,169 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lauderdale County, AL has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.73 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.34 times), and Retail Trade (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lauderdale County, AL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($61,413), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,641), and Public Administration ($45,206).

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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).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alabama products.

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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

89.7% of the population of Lauderdale County, AL has health coverage, with 45.5% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 1.61% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lauderdale County, AL see 1816 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.42% decrease from the previous year (1900 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1923 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 727 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

1,816 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lauderdale County, AL see an average of 1,816 patients per year. This represents a 4.42% decrease from the previous year (1,900 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lauderdale 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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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

10.3%

Uninsured

45.5%

Employer Coverage

13.9%

Medicaid

14.1%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

1.61%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lauderdale County, AL declined by 6.92% from 11% to 10.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lauderdale 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%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alabama by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lauderdale County, AL is home to a population of 92.6k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.01% of Lauderdale County, AL residents were born outside of the country (1.86k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lauderdale County, AL is composed of 78.6k White Alone residents (84.9%), 9.1k Black or African American Alone residents (9.83%), 2.29k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.47%), 1.42k Two or More Races residents (1.53%), 626 Asian Alone residents (0.676%), 339 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.366%), 189 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.204%), and 23 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0248%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lauderdale County, AL was 41.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Lauderdale County, AL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lauderdale County, AL residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.01%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.86k people

2.05%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.9k people

As of 2017, 2.01% of Lauderdale County, AL residents (1.86k 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 Lauderdale County, AL was 2.05%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

98.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Lauderdale County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lauderdale County, AL was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    78.6k ± 72

  2. Black or African American Alone

    9.1k ± 271

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    2.29k ± 291

In 2017, there were 8.64 times more White Alone residents (78.6k people) in Lauderdale County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.1k Black or African American Alone and 2.29k 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 Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, AL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lauderdale 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

    2,181 ± 264

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,147 ± 259

  3. Korea

    708 ± 152

Lauderdale County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.9 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lauderdale County, AL awarded 1,419 degrees. The student population of Lauderdale County, AL is skewed towards women, with 3,039 male students and 4,376 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lauderdale County, AL are White (1,069 and 79.2%), followed by Black or African American (166 and 12.3%), Unknown (36 and 2.67%), and Two or More Races (34 and 2.52%).

The largest universities in Lauderdale County, AL by number of degrees awarded are University of North Alabama (1,398 and 98.5%) and Heritage Christian University (21 and 1.48%).

The most popular majors in Lauderdale County, AL are General Business Administration & Management (192 and 13.5%), Registered Nursing (190 and 13.4%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (93 and 6.55%).

The median tuition costs in Lauderdale County, AL are $8,952 for private four year colleges, and $6,336 and $12,672 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 71 degrees awarded

  2. 63 degrees awarded

  3. 161 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Lauderdale County, AL was General Business Administration & Management with 71 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Lauderdale County, AL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,398 degrees awarded

  2. 21 degrees awarded

$6,336

Median In-State Public

$8,952

Median Private

In 2016, the Lauderdale County, AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Alabama with 1,398 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

538

Degrees Awarded to Men

881

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 538 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lauderdale County, AL, which is 0.611 times less than the 881 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

    1,069 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    166 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    36 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lauderdale County, AL were to White students. These 1,069 degrees mean that there were 6.44 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 166 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lauderdale County, AL was $126,800 in 2017, which is 0.583 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $124,100 to $126,800, a 2.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Lauderdale County, AL is 68.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lauderdale County, AL have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lauderdale 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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$44,888

Median Household Income

± $1,370

38.6k

Number of Households

± 1,307

In 2017, the median household income of the 38.6k households in Lauderdale County, AL grew to $44,888 from the previous year's value of $43,657.

The following chart displays the households in Lauderdale 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$126,800

2017 Median

± $4,507

$124,100

2016 Median

± $4,669

In 2017, the median property value in Lauderdale County, AL grew to to $126,800 from the previous year's value of $124,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, AL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lauderdale County, AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.4%

2017 Homeownership

68.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.4% of the housing units in Lauderdale County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lauderdale 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 Lauderdale County, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lauderdale County, AL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

23.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lauderdale County, AL have a shorter commute time (23.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.45% of the workforce in Lauderdale County, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88%

  2. Carpooled

    7.67%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lauderdale County, AL was Drove Alone (88%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.67%) and those who Worked At Home (1.8%).

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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