Houston County, AL

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Population
104,352
0.234% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Shelby
Republican Party
US Senator
Tommy Tuberville
Republican Party
Median Age
39.8

Poverty Rate
18.3%

Median Household Income
$45,496
6.29% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$130,500
2.68% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
44,291
0.415% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Houston County, AL had a population of 104k people with a median age of 39.8 and a median household income of $45,496. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Houston County, AL grew from 104,108 to 104,352, a 0.234% increase and its median household income grew from $42,803 to $45,496, a 6.29% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Houston County, AL are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (26.7%), White (Hispanic) (2.45%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.91%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.813%). NaNk% of the people in Houston County, AL speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houston County, AL are Fortis College-Dothan (128 degrees awarded in 2017) and Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (126 degrees).

The median property value in Houston County, AL is $130,500, and the homeownership rate is 65.6%. Most people in Houston County, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Houston County, AL is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Alabama across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Houston County, AL went to Donald J. Trump with 72.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (25%), followed by Other (2.92%). The most partisan county was Winston County, AL with 89.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville are the senators currently representing the state of Alabama. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Alabama is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Houston County, AL
72.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Alabama
  1. 89.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 89.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 87.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Alabama was Winston County, AL with 89.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Alabama colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Alabama

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Richard Shelby
Senator from Alabama3
Assumed office on January 3, 1987
Tommy Tuberville
Senator from Alabama2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville are the senators currently representing Alabama.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Alabama over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Alabama

Alabama is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Alabama have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Houston County, AL is home to a population of 104k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.27% of Houston County, AL residents were born outside of the country (2.37k people).

In 2018, there were 2.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.8k people) in Houston County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 27.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.56k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Houston County, AL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    69.8k ± 37
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    27.9k ± 153
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.56k ± 152
3.29%
Hispanic Population
3.44k people

In 2018, there were 2.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.8k people) in Houston County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 27.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.56k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.29% of the people in Houston County, AL are hispanic (3.44k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Houston County, AL as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.27%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
2.37k people
2.28%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
2.37k people

As of 2018, 2.27% of Houston County, AL residents (2.37k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houston County, AL was 2.28%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Houston County, AL was 39.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Houston County, AL are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Houston County, AL residents was 40.

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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%
2018 Citizenship
98.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.8% of Houston County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Houston County, AL was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,734 ± 173
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,503 ± 177
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,291 ± 124

Houston County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Houston County, AL is $45,496. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Houston County, AL was Census Tract 402.02 with a value of $77,500, followed by Census Tract 402.01 and Census Tract 404, with respective values of $68,460 and $60,313.

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

The economy of Houston County, AL employs 44.3k people. The largest industries in Houston County, AL are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,556 people), Retail Trade (6,407 people), and Manufacturing (4,249 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($78,942), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,414).

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,496
2018 value
± $941
6.29%
1 Year Growth
± 2.8%

Households in Houston County, AL have a median annual income of $45,496, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,803 in 2017, which represents a 6.29% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Houston County, AL compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,549
Average Male Salary in Alabama
± $1,465
$40,615
Average Female Salary in Alabama
± $997

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Alabama by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Alabama
  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 in Alabama.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Houston County, AL is from Alabama.
0.46
2017 Wage GINI in Alabama
0.458
2016 Wage GINI in Alabama

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 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 402.02
  2. Census Tract 402.01
  3. Census Tract 404

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houston County, AL was Census Tract 402.02 with a value of $77,500, followed by Census Tract 402.01 and Census Tract 404, with respective values of $68,460 and $60,313.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houston County, AL (18.9k out of 103k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

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. Black
    9,368 ± 338
  2. White
    8,564 ± 414
  3. Hispanic
    948 ± 133

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

44.3k
2018 Value
± 883
0.415%
1 Year growth
± 2.73%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Houston County, AL grew at a rate of 0.415%, from 44.1k employees to 44.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houston County, AL, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,862 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,879 people), and Management Occupations (3,371 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houston County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Houston County, AL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,862 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,879 people), and Management Occupations (3,371 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houston County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.5 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.48 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Houston County, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,641), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($59,917), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($58,482).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

44.3k
2018 Value
± 883
0.415%
1 Year growth
± 2.73%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Houston County, AL grew at a rate of 0.415%, from 44.1k employees to 44.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houston County, AL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,556 people), Retail Trade (6,407 people), and Manufacturing (4,249 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houston County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Houston 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 Houston County, AL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,556 people), Retail Trade (6,407 people), and Manufacturing (4,249 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houston County, AL has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.87 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.39 times), and Retail Trade (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Houston County, AL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($78,942), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,414).

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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 in Alabama
$367B
Projected 2045 Value in Alabama
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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Education

In 2017, universities in Houston County, AL awarded 254 degrees. The student population of Houston County, AL is skewed towards men, with 404 male students and 393 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houston County, AL are White (150 and 59.1%), followed by Black or African American (69 and 27.2%), Asian (14 and 5.51%), and Two or More Races (14 and 5.51%).

The largest universities in Houston County, AL by number of degrees awarded are Fortis College-Dothan (128 and 50.4%) and Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (126 and 49.6%).

The most popular majors in Houston County, AL are Osteopathic Medicine (126 and 49.6%), Medical Assistant (70 and 27.6%), and Pharmacy Technician (31 and 12.2%).

The median tuition costs in Houston 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

Most Common
  1. 27 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 70 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 31 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Houston County, AL was HVAC Maintenance with 27 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Houston County, AL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 128 degrees awarded
  2. 126 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Houston County, AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fortis College-Dothan with 128 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

102
Degrees Awarded to Men
152
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 102 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houston County, AL, which is 0.671 times less than the 152 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Houston County, AL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    150 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    69 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    14 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Houston County, AL were to White students. These 150 degrees mean that there were 2.17 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 69 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Houston County, AL was $130,500 in 2018, which is 0.568 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $127,100 to $130,500, a 2.68% increase. The homeownership rate in Houston County, AL is 65.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Houston County, AL have an average commute time of 20.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Houston County, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$130,500
2018 Median
± $2,670
$127,100
2017 Median
± $2,585

In 2018, the median property value in Houston County, AL grew to to $130,500 from the previous year's value of $127,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Houston 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 Houston County, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

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$45,496
Median Household Income
± $941
39.3k
Number of Households
± 729

In 2018, the median household income of the 39.3k households in Houston County, AL grew to $45,496 from the previous year's value of $42,803.

The following chart displays the households in Houston 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.6%
2018 Homeownership
64.6%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 65.6% of the housing units in Houston County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 64.6%.

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

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Commute Time

20.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houston County, AL have a shorter commute time (20.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.27% of the workforce in Houston County, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    88.4%
  2. Carpooled
    7.31%
  3. Worked At Home
    2.56%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Houston County, AL was Drove Alone (88.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.31%) and those who Worked At Home (2.56%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

89.6% of the population of Houston County, AL has health coverage, with 41.4% on employee plans, 19.4% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 2.67% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Houston County, AL see 1085 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.13% decrease from the previous year (1120 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1577 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 807 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

1,085 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Houston County, AL

Primary care physicians in Houston County, AL see an average of 1,085 patients per year. This represents a 3.13% decrease from the previous year (1,120 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,281
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Alabama
$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

10.4%
Uninsured
41.4%
Employer Coverage
19.4%
Medicaid
12.5%
Medicare
13.7%
Non-Group
2.67%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houston County, AL declined by 5.81% from 11% to 10.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Houston 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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