Decatur, AL

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
156,218
0.335% 1-year growth
US Senator
Tommy Tuberville
Republican Party
US Senator
Katie Britt
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.1
0.489% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.2%
3.97% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$60,036
8.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$166,400
13% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Decatur, AL had a population of 156k people with a median age of 41.1 and a median household income of $60,036. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Decatur, AL grew from 155,697 to 156,218, a 0.335% increase and its median household income grew from $55,232 to $60,036, a 8.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Decatur, AL are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.56%), Other (Hispanic) (3.31%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.77%).

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.

96.9% of the residents in Decatur, AL are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Decatur, AL was $166,400, and the homeownership rate was 74.2%.

Most people in Decatur, AL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Decatur, AL was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Decatur, AL is home to a population of 156k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.28% of Decatur, AL residents were born outside of the country (6.69k people).

In 2022, there were 6.06 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (117k people) in Decatur, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.57k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.9%
2022 Citizenship
97.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.9% of Decatur, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Decatur, AL was 97.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Decatur, AL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    117k ± 244
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    19.3k ± 488
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    5.57k ± 589
7.47%
Hispanic Population
11.7k people

In 2022, there were 6.06 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (117k people) in Decatur, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 19.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.57k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.47% of the people in Decatur, AL are hispanic (11.7k 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

4.28%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.69k people
3.68%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.72k people

As of 2022, 4.28% of Decatur, AL residents (6.69k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Decatur, AL was 3.68%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,709 ± 374
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,649 ± 428
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,038 ± 223

Decatur, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Decatur, AL employs 68.9k people. The largest industries in Decatur, AL are Manufacturing (14,400 people), Retail Trade (8,616 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (7,317 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,414), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,784), and Utilities ($62,368).

Occupations

68.9k
2022 Value
± 2,146
2.37%
1 Year growth
± 4.31%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Decatur, AL grew at a rate of 2.37%, from 67.3k employees to 68.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Decatur, AL, are Production Occupations (8,933 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,023 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,352 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

68.9k
2022 Value
± 2,146
2.37%
1 Year growth
± 4.31%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Decatur, AL grew at a rate of 2.37%, from 67.3k employees to 68.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Decatur, AL, are Manufacturing (14,400 people), Retail Trade (8,616 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (7,317 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

$47,370
Median earning men ± $2,023
$31,374
Median earning women ± $1,741

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($67,292), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($58,839).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($53,558), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($51,500), and Public Administration ($43,862).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.1%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.13M people employed in Alabama. This represents a 2.1% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.2%.

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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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Alabama went to Donald J. Trump with 62% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.08%).

Tommy Tuberville and Katie Britt 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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Tommy Tuberville
Senator from Alabama2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021
Katie Britt
Senator from Alabama3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Tommy Tuberville and Katie Britt 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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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.905% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.822% 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 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.23M), Some college (913k), and Secondary Education (625k).

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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Decatur, AL was $166,400 in 2022, which is 0.59 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $147,300 to $166,400, a 13% increase. The homeownership rate in Decatur, AL is 74.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Decatur, AL have an average commute time of 24.9 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 $60,036. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Decatur, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $90,618, followed by Limestone County, AL and Madison County, AL, with respective values of $80,146 and $78,058.

Property

$166,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,876
$45,113
Median Property Taxes
±$1,496

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

74.2%
Homeownership
2022
66.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 74.2% of the housing units in Decatur, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Decatur, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $90,618, followed by Limestone County, AL and Madison County, AL, with respective values of $80,146 and $78,058.

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.
$60,036
Median Household Income
± $2,168
60.8k
Number of Households
± 2,011

In 2022, the median household income of the 60.8k households in Decatur, AL grew to $60,036 from the previous year's value of $55,232.

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
2022 Wage GINI in Alabama
0.458
2021 Wage GINI in Alabama

In 2022, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.458 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0777% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 2022
  1. Drove Alone (86.2%)
  2. Carpooled (7.45%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.43%)

In 2022, 86.2% of workers in Decatur, AL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.45%) and those who worked at home (4.43%).

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

24.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Decatur, AL have a shorter commute time (24.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.52% 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

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Decatur, AL (21.8k out of 154k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males 25 - 34.

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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Health

89.4% of the population of Decatur, AL has health coverage, with 45.2% on employee plans, 15.9% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.5% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Alabama see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.978% decrease from the previous year (1534 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2026 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 846 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alabama

Primary care physicians in Alabama see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.978% decrease from the previous year (1,534 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.1% under 18 years, 18.9% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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

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Uninsured People

10.6%
Uninsured
45.2%
Employer Coverage
15.9%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
12.2%
Non-Group
1.5%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Decatur, AL grew by 1.32% from 10.4% to 10.6%.

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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