Lamar County, AL

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Population

14,021

0.32% decline

Median Age

44.5


Median Household Income

$36,016

5.01% growth

Poverty Rate

23.1%


Number of Employees

5,376

4.43% growth

Median Property Value

$71,500

0.563% growth

About

In 2017, Lamar County, AL had a population of 14k people with a median age of 44.5 and a median household income of $36,016. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lamar County, AL declined from 14,066 to 14,021, a -0.32% decrease and its median household income grew from $34,298 to $36,016, a 5.01% increase.

The population of Lamar County, AL is 86% White Alone, 10.8% Black or African American Alone, and 1.51% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lamar County, AL speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Lamar County, AL is $71,500, and the homeownership rate is 75.8%. Most people in Lamar County, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Lamar County, AL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lamar County, AL employs 5.38k people. The largest industries in Lamar County, AL are Manufacturing (1,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (552 people), and Educational Services (479 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($110,966), Information ($62,292), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,000).

Median household income in Lamar County, AL is $36,016. Males in Lamar 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 Lamar County, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,016

2017 value

± $2,778

5.01%

1 Year Growth

± 11.4%

Households in Lamar County, AL have a median annual income of $36,016, 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 $34,298 in 2016, which represents a 5.01% 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 Lamar 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 301

  2. Census Tract 302

  3. Census Tract 300

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lamar County, AL was Census Tract 301 with a value of $41,064, followed by Census Tract 302 and Census Tract 300, with respective values of $39,183 and $29,671.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lamar County, AL (3.19k out of 13.8k 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 6 - 11, followed by Males < 5 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. White

    2,544 ± 320

  2. Black

    595 ± 140

  3. Hispanic

    68 ± 105

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

5.38k

2017 Value

± 485

4.43%

1 Year growth

± 12.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar County, AL grew at a rate of 4.43%, from 5.15k employees to 5.38k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lamar County, AL, are Production Occupations (853 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (653 people), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (431 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lamar County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lamar County, AL, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (853 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (653 people), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (431 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lamar County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.74 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.59 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lamar County, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,750), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($77,596), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($64,142).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.38k

2017 Value

± 485

4.43%

1 Year growth

± 12.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lamar County, AL grew at a rate of 4.43%, from 5.15k employees to 5.38k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lamar County, AL, are Manufacturing (1,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (552 people), and Educational Services (479 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lamar County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Lamar 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 Lamar County, AL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,104 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (552 people), and Educational Services (479 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lamar County, AL has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.26 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.76 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lamar County, AL, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($110,966), Information ($62,292), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,000).

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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

89.4% of the population of Lamar County, AL has health coverage, with 40.2% on employee plans, 19.8% on Medicaid, 16.2% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.78% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lamar County, AL see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4639 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 6959 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

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lamar County, AL see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 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

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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

10.6%

Uninsured

40.2%

Employer Coverage

19.8%

Medicaid

16.2%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.78%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lamar County, AL declined by 16.3% from 12.7% to 10.6%.

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

Lamar County, AL is home to a population of 14k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.628% of Lamar County, AL residents were born outside of the country (88 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lamar County, AL is composed of 12.1k White Alone residents (86%), 1.52k Black or African American Alone residents (10.8%), 212 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.51%), 100 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.713%), 83 Two or More Races residents (0.592%), 45 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.321%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 12.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lamar County, AL was 44.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Lamar County, AL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lamar County, AL residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.628%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

88 people

0.846%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

119 people

As of 2017, 0.628% of Lamar County, AL residents (88 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 Lamar County, AL was 0.846%, 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

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Lamar County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lamar County, AL was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.1k ± 16

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.52k ± 120

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    212 ± 48.3

In 2017, there were 7.93 times more White Alone residents (12.1k people) in Lamar County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.52k Black or African American Alone and 212 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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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 Lamar 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 Lamar County, AL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lamar 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

    250 ± 94

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    161 ± 89

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    110 ± 62

Lamar County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.55 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lamar County, AL was $71,500 in 2017, which is 0.329 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $71,100 to $71,500, a 0.563% increase. The homeownership rate in Lamar County, AL is 75.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lamar County, AL have an average commute time of 27.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lamar 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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$36,016

Median Household Income

± $2,778

6.02k

Number of Households

± 490

In 2017, the median household income of the 6.02k households in Lamar County, AL grew to $36,016 from the previous year's value of $34,298.

The following chart displays the households in Lamar 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 $10k - $15k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$71,500

2017 Median

± $5,038

$71,100

2016 Median

± $4,706

In 2017, the median property value in Lamar County, AL grew to to $71,500 from the previous year's value of $71,100.

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

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Rent vs Own

75.8%

2017 Homeownership

73.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.8% of the housing units in Lamar County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.1%.

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

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Commute Time

27.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lamar County, AL have a longer commute time (27.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.48% of the workforce in Lamar County, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.4%

  2. Carpooled

    13.8%

  3. Worked At Home

    0.978%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lamar County, AL was Drove Alone (84.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (13.8%) and those who Worked At Home (0.978%).

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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