Decatur, AL

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
152,321
0.0328% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Shelby
Republican Party
US Senator
Tommy Tuberville
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
40.9
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
15.3%
0.581% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$51,842
2.82% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$137,600
5.04% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Decatur, AL had a population of 152k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $51,842. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Decatur, AL grew from 152,271 to 152,321, a 0.0328% increase and its median household income grew from $50,422 to $51,842, a 2.82% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Decatur, AL are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.1%), Other (Hispanic) (3.19%), White (Hispanic) (2.96%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.9%).

None of the households in Decatur, AL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.3% of the residents in Decatur, AL are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Decatur, AL was $137,600, and the homeownership rate was 73.5%.

Most people in Decatur, AL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Decatur, AL was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Decatur, AL is home to a population of 152k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 3.53% of Decatur, AL residents were born outside of the country (5.37k people).

In 2020, there were 6.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in Decatur, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.87k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.3%
2020 Citizenship
97.3%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.3% of Decatur, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Decatur, AL was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Decatur, AL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    115k ± 171
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    18.5k ± 532
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    4.87k ± 802
7.09%
Hispanic Population
10.8k people

In 2020, there were 6.23 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in Decatur, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.87k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.09% of the people in Decatur, AL are hispanic (10.8k people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

3.53%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
5.37k people
3.5%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
5.33k people

As of 2018, 3.53% of Decatur, AL residents (5.37k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Decatur, AL was 3.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,536 ± 307
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,113 ± 361
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    988 ± 254

Decatur, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.2 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of Decatur, AL employs 64.7k people. The largest industries in Decatur, AL are Manufacturing (14,259 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,687 people), and Retail Trade (7,524 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,704), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,226), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,492).

Occupations

64.7k
2020 Value
± 2,050
0.559%
1 Year growth
± 4.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Decatur, AL grew at a rate of 0.559%, from 64.3k employees to 64.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Decatur, AL, are Production Occupations (8,643 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,724 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,412 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Decatur, AL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

64.7k
2020 Value
± 2,050
0.559%
1 Year growth
± 4.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Decatur, AL grew at a rate of 0.559%, from 64.3k employees to 64.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Decatur, AL, are Manufacturing (14,259 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,687 people), and Retail Trade (7,524 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Decatur, AL, though some of these residents may live in Decatur, AL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,001
Median earning men ± $1,181
$26,799
Median earning women ± $849

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,008), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,590), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($52,527).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Wholesale Trade ($43,322), Public Administration ($39,219), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($36,821).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Alabama. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Alabama.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,165
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 795
    Manufacturing
  3. 778
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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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. $52.4B
  2. $22.9B
  3. $20.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Alabama product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $52.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($22.9B) and Base metals ($20.4B).

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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$282B
2020 Value in Alabama
$539B
Projected 2050 Value in Alabama
91.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Alabama trade was $282B. This is expected to increase 91.3% to $539B by 2050.

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. $31.7B
  2. $21.3B
  3. $14.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Alabama domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $31.7B, followed by Florida with $21.3B and Tennessee and $14.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alabama shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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.

US Senators from Alabama

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Richard Shelby
Senator from Alabama3
Assumed office on January 3, 1987
Until 1994, Richard Shelby won election to the Senate as a member of the Democratic Party.
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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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.875% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.825% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (900k), and Secondary Education (638k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Decatur, AL was $137,600 in 2020, which is 0.599 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $131,000 to $137,600, a 5.04% increase. The homeownership rate in Decatur, AL is 73.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Decatur, AL have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Decatur, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Decatur, AL is $51,842. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Decatur, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $78,889, followed by Madison County, AL and Limestone County, AL, with respective values of $66,887 and $64,270.

Property

$137,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$4,600
$43,338
Median Property Taxes
±$1,500

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Decatur, AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Decatur, AL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

73.5%
Homeownership
2020
66.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 73.5% of the housing units in Decatur, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Decatur, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $78,889, followed by Madison County, AL and Limestone County, AL, with respective values of $66,887 and $64,270.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$51,842
Median Household Income
± $2,058
58.9k
Number of Households
± 1,960

In 2020, the median household income of the 58.9k households in Decatur, AL grew to $51,842 from the previous year's value of $50,422.

The following chart displays the households in Decatur, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Decatur, AL is from Alabama.
0.458
2020 Wage GINI in Alabama
0.459
2019 Wage GINI in Alabama

In 2020, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.458 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.32% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Alabama was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (88.7%)
  2. Carpooled (7.45%)
  3. Worked At Home (1.98%)

In 2018, 88.7% of workers in Decatur, AL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.45%) and those who worked at home (1.98%).

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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Commute Time

24.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Decatur, AL have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.48% of the workforce in Decatur, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

15.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Decatur, AL (22.9k out of 150k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Decatur, 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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90% of the population of Decatur, AL has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 15.5% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.48% 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 Alabama see 1534 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.583% decrease from the previous year (1543 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2005 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 923 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Alabama, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,534 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alabama

Primary care physicians in Alabama see an average of 1,534 patients per year. This represents a 0.583% decrease from the previous year (1,543 patients).

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

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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.1% under 18 years, 18.9% between 18 and 34 years, 39.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.1% were men and 51.9% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

9.95%
Uninsured
46.8%
Employer Coverage
15.5%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
1.48%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Decatur, AL grew by 4.85% from 9.49% to 9.95%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Decatur, AL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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