Huntsville, AL

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Population

455,448

1.27% growth

Median Age

38.8


Median Household Income

$61,331

5.31% growth

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Number of Employees

217,599

0.505% growth

Median Property Value

$176,500

2.5% growth

About

In 2017, Huntsville, AL had a population of 455k people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $61,331. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Huntsville, AL grew from 449,720 to 455,448, a 1.27% increase and its median household income grew from $58,238 to $61,331, a 5.31% increase.

The population of Huntsville, AL is 66.9% White Alone, 22% Black or African American Alone, and 5.15% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Huntsville, AL speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Huntsville, AL are John C Calhoun State Community College (1,757 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Alabama in Huntsville (1,680 degrees), and Athens State University (793 degrees).

The median property value in Huntsville, AL is $176,500, and the homeownership rate is 67.8%. Most people in Huntsville, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Huntsville, AL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Huntsville, AL employs 218k people. The largest industries in Huntsville, AL are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (29,603 people), Manufacturing (26,747 people), and Retail Trade (26,482 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($92,809), Utilities ($79,903), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,637).

Median household income in Huntsville, AL is $61,331. Males in Huntsville, AL have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,415. The income inequality in Huntsville, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,331

2017 value

± $2,029

5.31%

1 Year Growth

± 5.95%

Households in Huntsville, AL have a median annual income of $61,331, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,238 in 2016, which represents a 5.31% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,128

Average Male Salary

± $1,487

$41,415

Average Female Salary

± $1,053

In 2017, full-time male employees in Huntsville, AL made 1.43 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

    $55,342 ± $9,359

  2. White

    $49,497 ± $1,108

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

    $40,310 ± $17,163

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Huntsville, AL workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 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 Huntsville, AL is from Alabama.

0.459

2017 Wage GINI

0.463

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.912% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Huntsville, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $73,031, followed by Madison County, AL and Elmore County, AL, with respective values of $62,312 and $60,558.

The following map shows all of the counties in Huntsville, 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

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Huntsville, AL (60.1k out of 433k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    32,093 ± 1,424

  2. Black

    22,684 ± 1,214

  3. Hispanic

    7,053 ± 570

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Huntsville, 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

218k

2017 Value

± 8,550

0.505%

1 Year growth

± 5.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Huntsville, AL grew at a rate of 0.505%, from 217k employees to 218k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Huntsville, AL, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,290 people), Engineers (12,465 people), and Software Developers & Programmers (7,220 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Huntsville, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Huntsville, AL, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (14,290 people), Engineers (12,465 people), and Software Developers & Programmers (7,220 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Huntsville, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Engineers (4.28 times higher than expected), First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (3.36 times), and Fishing & Hunting, & Forest, Conservation, & Logging Workers (3.25 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Huntsville, AL, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($102,690), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,416), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($89,172).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

218k

2017 Value

± 8,550

0.505%

1 Year growth

± 5.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Huntsville, AL grew at a rate of 0.505%, from 217k employees to 218k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Huntsville, AL, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (29,603 people), Manufacturing (26,747 people), and Retail Trade (26,482 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Huntsville, AL, though some of these residents may live in Huntsville, 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 Huntsville, AL, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (29,603 people), Manufacturing (26,747 people), and Retail Trade (26,482 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Huntsville, AL has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.83 times higher than expected), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.82 times), and Manufacturing (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Huntsville, AL, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($92,809), Utilities ($79,903), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,637).

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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 with $28B and Coal-n.e.c. and $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

91.2% of the population of Huntsville, AL has health coverage, with 49.5% on employee plans, 12.7% on Medicaid, 9.95% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 3.97% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Huntsville, AL see 1535 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1552 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2139 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1185 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

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1,535 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alabama see an average of 1,535 patients per year. This represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1,552 patients).

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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

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

8.8%

Uninsured

49.5%

Employer Coverage

12.7%

Medicaid

9.95%

Medicare

15.1%

Non-Group

3.97%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Huntsville, AL grew by 6.78% from 8.25% to 8.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Huntsville, 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

Huntsville, AL is home to a population of 455k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.04% of Huntsville, AL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Huntsville, AL is composed of 305k White Alone residents (66.9%), 100k Black or African American Alone residents (22%), 23.5k Hispanic or Latino residents (5.15%), 11.8k Asian Alone residents (2.6%), 10.7k Two or More Races residents (2.35%), 3.26k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.715%), 1.03k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.226%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Huntsville, AL was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Huntsville, AL are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Huntsville, AL residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.04%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.2%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.04% of Huntsville, AL residents 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 Huntsville, AL was 5.2%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    49,351 ± 5,426 people

  2. Guatemala

    13,867 ± 2,887 people

  3. Korea

    10,864 ± 2,556 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Huntsville, AL was Mexico, the natal country of 49,351 Huntsville, AL residents, followed by Guatemala with 13,867 and Korea with 10,864.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Huntsville, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Huntsville, AL was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    305k ± 1.37k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    100k ± 2k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    23.5k ± 3.29k

In 2017, there were 3.04 times more White Alone residents (305k people) in Huntsville, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 100k Black or African American Alone and 23.5k 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 Huntsville, 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 Huntsville, AL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Huntsville, AL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Huntsville, 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. Gulf War (2001-)

    13,684 ± 2,111

  2. Vietnam

    9,943 ± 1,322

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,680 ± 1,508

Huntsville, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.38 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Huntsville, AL awarded 6,064 degrees. The student population of Huntsville, AL is skewed towards women, with 14,257 male students and 16,508 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Huntsville, AL are White (3,440 and 58.6%), followed by Black or African American (1,803 and 30.7%), Hispanic or Latino (156 and 2.66%), and Unknown (142 and 2.42%).

The largest universities in Huntsville, AL by number of degrees awarded are John C Calhoun State Community College (1,757 and 29%), University of Alabama in Huntsville (1,680 and 27.7%), and Athens State University (793 and 13.1%).

The most popular majors in Huntsville, AL are General Studies (761 and 12.5%), General Business Administration & Management (526 and 8.67%), and Registered Nursing (479 and 7.9%).

The median tuition costs in Huntsville, AL are $9,957 for private four year colleges, and $8,130 and $16,260 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 244 degrees awarded

  2. 222 degrees awarded

  3. 176 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Huntsville, AL was General Business Administration & Management with 244 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,757 degrees awarded

  2. 1,680 degrees awarded

  3. 793 degrees awarded

$8,130

Median In-State Public

$9,957

Median Private

In 2016, the Huntsville, AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was John C Calhoun State Community College with 1,757 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,569

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,495

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,569 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Huntsville, AL, which is 0.735 times less than the 3,495 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

    3,440 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,803 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    156 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Huntsville, AL were to White students. These 3,440 degrees mean that there were 1.91 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,803 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Huntsville, AL was $176,500 in 2017, which is 0.811 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $172,200 to $176,500, a 2.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Huntsville, AL is 67.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Huntsville, AL have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Huntsville, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$61,331

Median Household Income

± $2,029

181k

Number of Households

± 7,127

In 2017, the median household income of the 181k households in Huntsville, AL grew to $61,331 from the previous year's value of $58,238.

The following chart displays the households in Huntsville, 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

$176,500

2017 Median

± $6,262

$172,200

2016 Median

± $5,337

In 2017, the median property value in Huntsville, AL grew to to $176,500 from the previous year's value of $172,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Huntsville, 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 Huntsville, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67.8%

2017 Homeownership

68.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.8% of the housing units in Huntsville, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.9%.

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

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Huntsville, AL have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.3% of the workforce in Huntsville, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88.1%

  2. Carpooled

    5.74%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.45%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Huntsville, AL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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