Lowndes County, AL

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Population

10,362

1.92% decline

Median Age

40.7


Median Household Income

$29,785

6.7% growth

Poverty Rate

30.2%


Number of Employees

3,533

0.814% decline

Median Property Value

$63,000

8.56% decline

About

In 2017, Lowndes County, AL had a population of 10.4k people with a median age of 40.7 and a median household income of $29,785. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lowndes County, AL declined from 10,565 to 10,362, a -1.92% decrease and its median household income grew from $27,914 to $29,785, a 6.7% increase.

The population of Lowndes County, AL is 74.4% Black or African American Alone, 24.3% White Alone, and 0.685% Hispanic or Latino. 0.669% of the people in Lowndes County, AL speak a non-English language, and 99.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Lowndes County, AL is $63,000, and the homeownership rate is 73.4%. Most people in Lowndes County, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Lowndes County, AL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lowndes County, AL employs 3.53k people. The largest industries in Lowndes County, AL are Manufacturing (752 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (539 people), and Retail Trade (434 people), and the highest paying industries are Educational Services ($50,466), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,000), and Wholesale Trade ($41,471).

Median household income in Lowndes County, AL is $29,785. Males in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$29,785

2017 value

± $4,076

6.7%

1 Year Growth

± 15.5%

Households in Lowndes County, AL have a median annual income of $29,785, 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 $27,914 in 2016, which represents a 6.7% 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 Lowndes County, AL 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 Lowndes County, AL 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 Lowndes 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 7808

  2. Census Tract 7812

  3. Census Tract 7810

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lowndes County, AL was Census Tract 7808 with a value of $31,106, followed by Census Tract 7812 and Census Tract 7810, with respective values of $26,563 and $25,735.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

30.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lowndes County, AL (3.1k out of 10.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 45 - 54.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    2,943 ± 265

  2. White

    126 ± 83

  3. Two Or More

    26 ± 85

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

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

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

3.53k

2017 Value

± 327

-0.814%

1 Year decline

± 13.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lowndes County, AL declined at a rate of -0.814%, from 3.56k employees to 3.53k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lowndes County, AL, are Production Occupations (610 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (428 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (336 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lowndes County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lowndes County, AL, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (610 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (428 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (336 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lowndes County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.94 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.98 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (2.12 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lowndes County, AL, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($70,977), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,898), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($64,963).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.53k

2017 Value

± 327

-0.814%

1 Year decline

± 13.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lowndes County, AL declined at a rate of -0.814%, from 3.56k employees to 3.53k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lowndes County, AL, are Manufacturing (752 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (539 people), and Retail Trade (434 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lowndes County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, AL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (752 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (539 people), and Retail Trade (434 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lowndes County, AL has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.42 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.1 times), and Public Administration (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lowndes County, AL, by median earnings, are Educational Services ($50,466), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,000), and Wholesale Trade ($41,471).

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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.

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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

87.7% of the population of Lowndes County, AL has health coverage, with 28.3% on employee plans, 31.4% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.01% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, AL see 10458 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 10358 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 0 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

10,458 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lowndes County, AL see an average of 10,458 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

12.3%

Uninsured

28.3%

Employer Coverage

31.4%

Medicaid

12.7%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

2.01%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lowndes County, AL declined by 2.73% from 12.7% to 12.3%.

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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

Lowndes County, AL is home to a population of 10.4k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.328% of Lowndes County, AL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lowndes County, AL is composed of 7.71k Black or African American Alone residents (74.4%), 2.52k White Alone residents (24.3%), 71 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.685%), 59 Two or More Races residents (0.569%), 9 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0869%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lowndes County, AL are Spanish or Spanish Creole (41 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (13 speakers), and Japanese (7 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

55

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 25.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lowndes County, AL was 40.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 55. But people in Lowndes County, AL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lowndes County, AL residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.328%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.303%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.328% of Lowndes County, 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 Lowndes County, AL was 0.303%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Lowndes County, AL was Mexico, the natal country of 51,837 Lowndes County, AL residents, followed by Guatemala with 11,080 and India with 9,229.

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Citizenship

99.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.9% of Lowndes County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lowndes County, AL was 99.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    7.71k ± 61

  2. White Alone

    2.52k ± 18

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    71 ± 57.5

In 2017, there were 3.06 times more Black or African American Alone residents (7.71k people) in Lowndes County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.52k White Alone and 71 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. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    41 speakers (0.41%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    13 speakers (0.13%)

  3. Japanese

    7 speakers (0.0699%)

0.669% of Lowndes County, AL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lowndes County, AL was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.41% of the overall population of Lowndes County, AL are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.13% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.0699% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    113 ± 46

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    76 ± 42

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    49 ± 37

Lowndes County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lowndes County, AL was $63,000 in 2017, which is 0.29 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $68,900 to $63,000, a 8.56% decrease. The homeownership rate in Lowndes County, AL is 73.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lowndes County, AL have an average commute time of 29.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lowndes 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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$29,785

Median Household Income

± $4,076

4.31k

Number of Households

± 358

In 2017, the median household income of the 4.31k households in Lowndes County, AL grew to $29,785 from the previous year's value of $27,914.

The following chart displays the households in Lowndes 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 range.

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Housing

Property Value

$63,000

2017 Median

± $7,922

$68,900

2016 Median

± $11,476

In 2017, the median property value in Lowndes County, AL declined from to $63,000 from the previous year's value of $68,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.4%

2017 Homeownership

73.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.4% of the housing units in Lowndes County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lowndes 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 Lowndes County, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lowndes County, AL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

29.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lowndes County, AL have a longer commute time (29.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.1% of the workforce in Lowndes 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

    11.1%

  3. Other

    1.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lowndes County, AL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Other.

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