Marengo County, AL

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Population

19,743

1.61% decline

Median Age

42.1


Median Household Income

$32,255

5.02% growth

Poverty Rate

25.6%


Number of Employees

6,645

0.136% growth

Median Property Value

$88,100

0.228% growth

About

In 2017, Marengo County, AL had a population of 19.7k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $32,255. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Marengo County, AL declined from 20,066 to 19,743, a -1.61% decrease and its median household income grew from $30,713 to $32,255, a 5.02% increase.

The population of Marengo County, AL is 54.1% Black or African American Alone, 45.1% White Alone, and 0.446% Hispanic or Latino. 1.77% of the people in Marengo County, AL speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Marengo County, AL is $88,100, and the homeownership rate is 71.3%. Most people in Marengo County, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Marengo County, AL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Marengo County, AL employs 6.65k people. The largest industries in Marengo County, AL are Manufacturing (1,144 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (941 people), and Retail Trade (916 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,875), Manufacturing ($60,821), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,558).

Median household income in Marengo County, AL is $32,255. Males in Marengo 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 Marengo County, AL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,255

2017 value

± $3,045

5.02%

1 Year Growth

± 12.3%

Households in Marengo County, AL have a median annual income of $32,255, 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 $30,713 in 2016, which represents a 5.02% 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 Marengo County, AL made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Marengo County, AL 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

  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 Marengo 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 Marengo 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 9734

  2. Census Tract 9733

  3. Census Tract 9730

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Marengo County, AL was Census Tract 9734 with a value of $47,686, followed by Census Tract 9733 and Census Tract 9730, with respective values of $35,509 and $32,549.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Marengo County, AL (5k out of 19.5k 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 55 - 64, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    3,745 ± 457

  2. White

    1,186 ± 233

  3. Other

    43 ± 96

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

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

6.65k

2017 Value

± 549

0.136%

1 Year growth

± 11.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Marengo County, AL grew at a rate of 0.136%, from 6.64k employees to 6.65k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Marengo County, AL, are Production Occupations (800 people), Sales & Related Occupations (694 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (667 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Marengo County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Marengo County, AL, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (800 people), Sales & Related Occupations (694 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (667 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Marengo County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.23 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.16 times), and Production Occupations (2.08 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Marengo County, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,000), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($70,969), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($63,355).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.65k

2017 Value

± 549

0.136%

1 Year growth

± 11.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Marengo County, AL grew at a rate of 0.136%, from 6.64k employees to 6.65k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Marengo County, AL, are Manufacturing (1,144 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (941 people), and Retail Trade (916 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Marengo County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Marengo 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 Marengo County, AL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,144 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (941 people), and Retail Trade (916 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Marengo County, AL has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.71 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.13 times), and Manufacturing (1.7 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Marengo County, AL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,875), Manufacturing ($60,821), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,558).

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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

89.3% of the population of Marengo County, AL has health coverage, with 37.3% on employee plans, 22.2% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 0.86% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Marengo County, AL see 2861 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.418% decrease from the previous year (2873 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3935 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3279 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

2,861 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Marengo County, AL see an average of 2,861 patients per year. This represents a 0.418% decrease from the previous year (2,873 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,281

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,641

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,042

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,267

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alabama (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.07%, from $6,996 to $7,281.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.7%

Uninsured

37.3%

Employer Coverage

22.2%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

0.86%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Marengo County, AL declined by 12.8% from 12.2% to 10.7%.

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

Marengo County, AL is home to a population of 19.7k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.451% of Marengo County, AL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Marengo County, AL is composed of 10.7k Black or African American Alone residents (54.1%), 8.91k White Alone residents (45.1%), 88 Hispanic or Latino residents (0.446%), 37 Two or More Races residents (0.187%), 11 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0557%), 9 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0456%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Marengo County, AL are Spanish or Spanish Creole (297 speakers), Vietnamese (14 speakers), and German (8 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 38.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Marengo County, AL was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Marengo County, AL are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Marengo County, AL residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.451%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.907%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.451% of Marengo 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 Marengo County, AL was 0.907%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Marengo County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Marengo County, AL was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    10.7k ± 109

  2. White Alone

    8.91k ± 14

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    88 ± 107

In 2017, there were 1.2 times more Black or African American Alone residents (10.7k people) in Marengo County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.91k White Alone and 88 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 Marengo County, AL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    297 speakers (1.55%)

  2. Vietnamese

    14 speakers (0.0733%)

  3. German

    8 speakers (0.0419%)

1.77% of Marengo 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 Marengo County, AL was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.55% of the overall population of Marengo County, AL are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.0733% speak Vietnamese and 0.0419% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    268 ± 84

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    181 ± 86

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    149 ± 92

Marengo County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Marengo County, AL was $88,100 in 2017, which is 0.405 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $87,900 to $88,100, a 0.228% increase. The homeownership rate in Marengo County, AL is 71.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Marengo County, AL have an average commute time of 24.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Marengo 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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$32,255

Median Household Income

± $3,045

7.98k

Number of Households

± 576

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.98k households in Marengo County, AL grew to $32,255 from the previous year's value of $30,713.

The following chart displays the households in Marengo 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

$88,100

2017 Median

± $8,989

$87,900

2016 Median

± $7,212

In 2017, the median property value in Marengo County, AL grew to to $88,100 from the previous year's value of $87,900.

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

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Rent vs Own

71.3%

2017 Homeownership

69.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.3% of the housing units in Marengo County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.7%.

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

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Commute Time

24.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Marengo County, AL have a shorter commute time (24.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.04% of the workforce in Marengo County, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88%

  2. Carpooled

    5.67%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.81%

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

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