Lawrence County, Alabama
Population 34,009

Overview

Housing
Median Home Value
$94,200
Half are $53,200 - $157,400
Median Monthly Owner Costs
$1,003
With a Mortgage
Median Monthly Rent
$531
Includes Utilities
Median Year Housing Built
1980
Employment & Commute
Median Household Income
$39,000
Poverty Rate
18%
Unemployment Rate
12.7%
Average Minutes to Work
28
Education
Percent with a High School Diploma
77%
Ages 25+
Percent with a College Degree
18%
Ages 25+
Percent with a Post Grad Degree
4%
Ages 25+
Percent in Public School
90%
Ages 5-17 Enrolled in School
Demographics
Children
23%
Under 18
Young Adult Singles
14%
Ages 18-39
Middle Aged and Married
26%
Ages 40-64
Seniors
15%
Ages 65+

Lawrence County, AL is a County:
Counties (or county equivalents) subdivide each state. In most cases, they have some level of government authority. They can be especially useful when analyzing the population outside of city limits. Louisiana refers to them as parishes and Alaska refers to them as boroughs. In some cases (such as Nashville, TN), the city and county governments are combined. In others (such as Baltimore, MD), the city is completely independent of a county.

Housing

1980

Median Year Housing was BuiltAll Housing Including Owner/Renter Occupied and Unoccupied

Year Housing was BuiltAll Housing Including Owner/Renter Occupied and Unoccupied

7.0%

Estimated Abandoned Homes

This estimate includes vacant housing that is not for rent, rented, for sale, sold, for seasonal/recreational/occasional use, or for migrant workers.

Number of BedroomsOccupied Housing Units

Total

None
0.3%
1
4.0%
2
21.5%
3
59.3%
4
12.1%
5+
2.8%

Owners

None
0.1%
1
1.1%
2
17.9%
3
62.9%
4
14.6%
5+
3.4%

Renters

None
1.0%
1
15.7%
2
36.0%
3
44.9%
4
1.8%
5+
0.6%
80.1%

Home Ownership PercentageOccupied Housing Units

23

Price to Rent RatioOccupied Housing Units

The price to rent ratio compares home values to rental costs. Values over 20 indicate that it is likely more affordable to rent. Values under 15 indicate that it is likely more affordable to buy. Values between 15 and 20 indicate that extra judgment must be taken when making housing decisions. It is calculated as the median home value divided by the median annual contract rent (ie. rent without additional utilities).

$94,200

Median Owner Occupied Home Value

Owner Occupied Home Values

$1,003

Median Monthly Ownership CostsOwner Occupied Housing Units with a Mortgage

Monthly housing costs include mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance, utilities, and condo fees. When comparing to monthly rental costs, be careful to also look at the median number of bedrooms. Owner occupied homes generally include more bedrooms than rentals.

3.5

Estimated Median Bedrooms for OwnersOwner Occupied Housing Units

Owner Occupied Homes by Number of BedroomsOwner Occupied Housing Units

None
0.1%
1
1.1%
2
17.9%
3
62.9%
4
14.6%
5+
3.4%
0.3%

Average Annual Real Estate Taxes as a Percent of Home ValueOwner Occupied Housing Units

2.4

Housing Affordability (Median Multiple)

The median multiple is the ratio of median house price by the median annual household income. In other words, how many years would it take for the median income to pay off the median home price? Higher values indicate that the incomes in the area are not high enough to warrant the higher home prices. Anything under 3 is considered affordable while higher values indicate that housing is not affordable.

23%

Housing Cost Burdened Owners

Federally subsidized housing programs set the maximum affordable housing cost at 30% of income. This threshold has become a measure of housing affordability and is intended to make sure that households have enough money to for other needs including food, clothing, transportation, etc. Anyone spending more than 30% of their income on housing is considered house burdened because it becomes difficult to afford many of the other necessities of living.

$531

Median Monthly Rent and Utility CostsRenter Occupied Housing Units with Housing Costs

Monthly housing costs include rent and utilities. When comparing to monthly ownership costs, be careful to also look at the median number of bedrooms. Owner occupied homes generally include more bedrooms than rentals.

2.9

Estimated Median Bedrooms for RentersRenter Occupied Housing Units

Cost of Monthly Rent Including UtilitiesRenter Occupied Housing Units

Cost of a 1 Bedroom

Cost of a 2 Bedroom

Cost of a 3+ Bedroom

Rental Properties by Number of BedroomsRenter Occupied Housing Units

None
1.0%
1
15.7%
2
36.0%
3
44.9%
4
1.8%
5+
0.6%
31%

Housing Cost Burdened Renters

Federally subsidized housing programs set the maximum affordable housing cost at 30% of income. This threshold has become a measure of housing affordability and is intended to make sure that households have enough money to for other needs including food, clothing, transportation, etc. Anyone spending more than 30% of their income on housing is considered house burdened because it becomes difficult to afford many of the other necessities of living.

Employment

$38,551

Median Household Income

Household Income

42.5

Household Income Inequality

Income inequality is measured using the Gini coefficient. Lower values indicate that household income is spread evenly across the income groups. Higher values indicate that one income group is much more common than others.

18%

Poverty Rate

Poverty status uses the standards set by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). If a family's total income is less than a certain threshold, every person in the family is considered to be in poverty. The threshold varies based on family size, composition, and age.

$27,071

Median Annual Individual EarningsPast 12 months for the Population Ages 16+ With Earnings

Annual Individual EarningsPopulation Ages 16+ with Earnings

49%

Unadjusted Gender Pay GapPopulation Ages 16+ with Earnings

The unadjusted gender pay gap is the median indvidiual female earnings as a percentage of male earnings. In other words, women who work in Lawrence County, AL generally make around 4942% of what men do. Much of that difference is likely due to the number of hours worked (see the Full Time vs Part Time Work chart), occupations chosen (see the Employed by Occupation chart), education, and job experience. Adjusting for each of those factors to see what women with similar qualifications and jobs make compared to men is difficult, but the adjusted pay gap would be more likely to show the difference due to discrimination, difference in ability, or willingness to negotiate pay. For these reasons, differences in the gender pay shown here may be more likely to show the gender ideals in an area than the discriminatory practices. It is also worth noting that the 36% of men and 52% of women ages 16+ that did not have earnings were not included in the calculation.

12.7%

Unemployment RatePopulation Ages 16+ in the Civilian Labor Force

To classify as unemployed, people must not be in the military and must be actively looking for work (also known as the U3 measure of unemployment which is the official unemployment rate). In Lawrence County, AL, 45% of the population ages 16+ are not employed, but are also not looking for work so they are not considered in the unemployment rate. See the Labor Force Participation Rate for more information.

Unemployment by Education LevelCivilian Population Ages 25-64 in the Labor Force

55%

Labor Force Participation RatePopulation Ages 16+

People in the labor force include those in the armed forces as well as civilians who are employed or classified as unemployed. To classify as unemployed, people must be actively looking for work. Common people that are not considered in the labor force are students, homemakers, retired workers, seasonal workers not currently looking for work, and institutionalized people. In Lawrence County, AL, 45% of people are neither employed or looking for work.

Full Time vs Part Time WorkPopulation Ages 16-64 Who Worked in the Last 12 Months

Full-time employment is typically considered 35-40 hours per week. With the exception of health care coverage, federal law does not regulate the definition of full time employment for compensation and benefits purposes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) mandates that all employees working an average of 30 or more hours per week at a large employer must be eligible for health care coverage.

Total

35+ Hours per Week
78%
15-34 Hours per Week
19%
1-14 Hours per Week
3%

Male

35+ Hours per Week
85%
15-34 Hours per Week
13%
1-14 Hours per Week
2%

Female

35+ Hours per Week
69%
15-34 Hours per Week
27%
1-14 Hours per Week
4%

Employed by IndustryFull-time, Year-Round Civilians Ages 16+

Male
Female
Compared to US Avg
High Manufacturing
24%
6%
Low Health care and social assistance
1%
9%
High Construction
9%
Low Retail trade
4%
5%
Low Educational services
2%
5%
Normal Transportation and warehousing
4%
1%
Low Public administration
2%
3%
Normal Other services, except public administration
2%
2%
Low Professional, scientific, and technical services
3%
1%
High Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
2%
1%
Normal Wholesale trade
2%
1%
Low Administrative, support, waste management services
2%
1%
Low Accommodation and food services
2%
Low Finance and insurance
2%
Normal Utilities
1%
Normal Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
1%
Low Information
1%
Normal Arts, entertainment, and recreation
1%
Low Real estate, rental, leasing

Employed by OccupationFull-time, Year-Round Civilians Ages 16+

Male
Female
Compared to US Avg
High Production
15%
4%
Low Office and administrative support
2%
9%
Low Management
6%
3%
High Construction and extraction
8%
Low Sales and related
3%
4%
High Transportation
6%
High Installation, maintenance, and repair
5%
Normal Education, training, and library
5%
High Material moving
4%
1%
High Building, grounds cleaning, maintenance
3%
1%
Normal Architecture and engineering
2%
Low Health diagnosing, treating practitioners, other technical
2%
Normal Healthcare support
2%
Low Business and financial operations
1%
1%
Low Food preparation and serving related
2%
Normal Personal care and service
2%
Low Computer and mathematical
2%
Normal Community and social service
1%
1%
Normal Farming, fishing, and forestry
1%
1%
Normal Law enforcement workers including supervisors
1%
Normal Health technologists and technicians
1%
Normal Legal
1%
Normal Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media
1%
Normal Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors

Means Of Transportation To WorkWorkers Ages 16+

Car, truck, etc.
97.2%
Public transportation
0.3%
Taxi
0.0%
Bicycle, Walked, or Other Means
1.2%
Worked at Home
1.3%
28

Average Commute Time to WorkIn Minutes for Workers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Travel Time to WorkIn Minutes for Workers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Time Leaving for WorkWorkers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Average Commute by Time Leaving for WorkIn Minutes for Workers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Time Arriving at WorkWorkers Ages 16+ Who Did Not Work at Home

Education

Educational AttainmentPopulation Ages 25+

Less than High School Diploma
22.9%
High School Graduate
58.8%
Associate's degree
6.3%
Bachelor's degree
8.1%
Master's degree
2.9%
Professional school degree
0.6%
Doctorate degree
0.3%
77%

Percent with a High School DiplomaPopulation Ages 25+

High school diplomas include equivalencies, but do not include those who reported completing grade 12 without a diploma.

18%

Percent with a College DegreePopulation Ages 25+

College degrees include those with an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional school, or Doctorate degree.

4%

Percent with a Post Graduate DegreePopulation Ages 25+

Post graduate degrees include those with a Master's, Professional school, or Doctorate degree.

School EnrollmentPopulation Ages 5-17

Not being enrolled in school does not necessarily mean that the student dropped out. Only schools that lead to a high school diploma or college degree are included. Home schoolers were instructed to select private school. Ages 3-4 are not included because preschool programs are not usually mandated by law and only 33% of children in this age range were enrolled in Lawrence County, AL.

Enrolled in Public School
86%
Enrolled in Private School
10%
Not Enrolled in School
4%
2%

Percent Not Enrolled in SchoolPopulation Ages 16-19 without a High School Diploma

90%

Percent Enrolled in Public SchoolPopulation Ages 5-17 Enrolled in School

Demographics

34,009

Total Population

Historical Population

The historical population of Lawrence County, AL in each census year since 1790 is derived from census records. Historical populations are based on the present-day geographic area of Lawrence County, AL and do not account for boundary changes over time. Learn more about the US population migrations and historical populations.

Total Population By Age

Life Stages

Children Under 10
13%
Children 10-17
10%
Young Adult Singles
14%
Middle Aged and Married
26%
Seniors
15%
Other
22%
13%

Children Under 10

10%

Children Ages 10-17

14%

Young Adult Singles (Ages 18-39)

26%

Middle Aged and Married (Ages 40-64)

15%

Seniors (Ages 65+)

Marital Status of MalesPopulation Ages 15+

Marital Status of FemalesPopulation Ages 15+

Household Composition

Single female/male families do not necessarily denote single parent households. Single householders living with siblings, their aging parents, or any other relatives would be included.

Married Couples
53%
Single Female Families
14%
Single Male Families
4%
Householder Living Alone
26%
Householder Living with Non-Relative
3%

Race and Ethnicity

The Office of Management Budget (OMB) and Census Bureau consider race and ethnicity as two distinct concepts. A person's race and whether they are of Hispanic origing are self reported to the Census Bureau according to which group they most closely identify. In 1997, the OMB revised the racial classification to include categories for two or more races. Because of criticism for treating these as separate questions and because many residents consider race and ethnicity to be the same, the Race and Ethnicity chart below shows those that consider themselves to be Non-Hispanic for each race with those that consider themselves Hispanic as a separate group.

Race

White
77.6%
Black
11.0%
American Indian or Alaskan
5.6%
Asian
0.2%
Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other
0.5%
Two Plus Races
5.3%

Hispanic and Latino Races

White
50.7%
Black
0.6%
American Indian and Alaskan
2.8%
Asian
0.0%
Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other
22.4%
Two Plus Races
23.4%

Race and Ethnicity

White
76.6%
Black
10.9%
American Indian or Alaskan
5.6%
Asian
0.2%
Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other
0.1%
Two Plus Races
4.8%
Hispanic
1.9%

Hispanic and Latino Origins

Mexican
67.5%
Puerto Rican
0.6%
Cuban
0.0%
Dominican
0.0%
Central American
15.3%
South American
16.6%
Other
0.0%
33

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The racial and ethnic diversity index measures the probability that any two people chose at random from Lawrence County, AL are of different races or ethnicities where higher numbers represent more diversity. It was developed by the University of North Carolina and USA Today in 1991 and adapted in 2000 to account for differences in Census questions. It uses the same calculation methods as the Gini Index used by the Census Bureau to determine household income inequality.

Climate

The climate estimates use Lawrence County, AL weather from 1971 to 2000 at the nearest official weather station which is located at MOULTON 2.

Average Daily Temperatures by Month (°F)

Average Monthly Precipitation (Inches)

Summer High Temps

This weather station's average summer high temps are higher than 66% of other weather stations.

Winter Low Temps

This weather station's average winter low temps are higher than 78% of other weather stations.

Precipitation Levels

This weather station's average precipitation levels are higher than 93% of other weather stations.

Entity Info

PropertySourceValue
State2013 ACSAL
Summary Level2013 ACS050 (county)
Logical Record Number2010 Census0142397
Logical Record Number2013 ACS0000052
Region2013 ACS3
Division2013 ACS6
State FIPS2013 ACS01
County FIPS2013 ACS079
Metro Micro Politan Statistical Area2013 ACS19460
Metro Micro Politan Statistical Area Size Code2010 Census18
Metropolitan Division2010 Census99999
Combined Statistical Area2013 ACS290
Name2010 CensusLawrence County
Name2013 ACSLawrence County, Alabama
Functional Status Code2010 CensusA
Legal Statistical Area Description Code2010 Census06
State ANSI2010 Census01779775
County ANSI2010 Census00161565
Combined Statistical Area Size Code2010 Census20
Metropolitan Micropolitan Indicator2010 Census1
Full GEOID2013 ACS05000US01079
GEOID2013 ACS01079
Population2010 Census34,339
Population2013 ACS34,009
Housing Units2010 Census15,229
Housing Units2013 ACS15,164
Land Area2013 ACS690.7 square miles
Water Area2013 ACS26.5 square miles
Population Density2013 ACS49.2 people per sq. mile
Minimum Bounding Rectangle Or Bounding Box2013 ACS[34.299153,-87.53069], [34.804992,-87.105073],
Centroid Or Center Coordinates2013 ACS34.521680846508, -87.311000538696
FIPS County Class Code2010 CensusH1
County Size Code2010 Census16