Limestone County, Alabama
Population 85,264

Overview

Housing
Median Home Value
$134,500
Half are $81,100 - $213,500
Median Monthly Owner Costs
$1,143
With a Mortgage
Median Monthly Rent
$615
Includes Utilities
Median Year Housing Built
1988
Employment & Commute
Median Household Income
$49,000
Poverty Rate
15%
Unemployment Rate
9.1%
Average Minutes to Work
26
Education
Percent with a High School Diploma
82%
Ages 25+
Percent with a College Degree
30%
Ages 25+
Percent with a Post Grad Degree
7%
Ages 25+
Percent in Public School
88%
Ages 5-17 Enrolled in School
Demographics
Children
24%
Under 18
Young Adult Singles
14%
Ages 18-39
Middle Aged and Married
25%
Ages 40-64
Seniors
13%
Ages 65+

Limestone 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

1988

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

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

3.1%

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
1%
1
3%
2
20%
3
53%
4
18%
5+
4%

Owners

None
0.6%
1
1.3%
2
13.8%
3
58.3%
4
21.2%
5+
4.8%

Renters

None
2%
1
10%
2
42%
3
38%
4
8%
5+
1%
76.6%

Home Ownership PercentageOccupied Housing Units

26

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).

$134,500

Median Owner Occupied Home Value

Owner Occupied Home Values

$1,143

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.

3.6

Estimated Median Bedrooms for OwnersOwner Occupied Housing Units

Owner Occupied Homes by Number of BedroomsOwner Occupied Housing Units

None
0.6%
1
1.3%
2
13.8%
3
58.3%
4
21.2%
5+
4.8%
0.3%

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

2.8

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.

19%

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.

$615

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
2%
1
10%
2
42%
3
38%
4
8%
5+
1%
41%

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

$48,619

Median Household Income

Household Income

45.0

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.

15%

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.

$29,654

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

Annual Individual EarningsPopulation Ages 16+ with Earnings

62%

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 Limestone County, AL generally make around 6199% 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 34% of men and 44% of women ages 16+ that did not have earnings were not included in the calculation.

9.1%

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 Limestone County, AL, 41% 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

59%

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 Limestone County, AL, 41% 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
80%
15-34 Hours per Week
16%
1-14 Hours per Week
3%

Male

35+ Hours per Week
87%
15-34 Hours per Week
11%
1-14 Hours per Week
2%

Female

35+ Hours per Week
72%
15-34 Hours per Week
23%
1-14 Hours per Week
5%

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

Male
Female
Compared to US Avg
High Manufacturing
14%
7%
Low Health care and social assistance
2%
8%
Normal Retail trade
5%
5%
High Professional, scientific, and technical services
6%
3%
High Construction
7%
1%
High Public administration
5%
2%
Low Educational services
2%
5%
Normal Administrative, support, waste management services
3%
1%
Low Finance and insurance
1%
2%
Normal Other services, except public administration
2%
1%
High Utilities
2%
1%
Low Accommodation and food services
1%
2%
Normal Wholesale trade
2%
1%
Low Transportation and warehousing
2%
1%
Normal Information
1%
Normal Real estate, rental, leasing
1%
1%
Normal Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
1%
Normal Arts, entertainment, and recreation
Normal Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
Normal Management of companies and enterprises

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

Male
Female
Compared to US Avg
Low Office and administrative support
3%
9%
High Production
8%
3%
Low Management
7%
4%
Normal Sales and related
5%
5%
High Construction and extraction
7%
High Architecture and engineering
5%
2%
Normal Education, training, and library
2%
3%
Normal Installation, maintenance, and repair
4%
Low Business and financial operations
2%
2%
Normal Computer and mathematical
3%
1%
Normal Building, grounds cleaning, maintenance
3%
1%
Low Health diagnosing, treating practitioners, other technical
1%
2%
Normal Food preparation and serving related
1%
2%
Normal Transportation
2%
1%
Normal Material moving
2%
Normal Health technologists and technicians
2%
Normal Healthcare support
2%
Normal Personal care and service
1%
Normal Fire fighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors
1%
1%
Normal Community and social service
1%
Normal Law enforcement workers including supervisors
1%
Normal Farming, fishing, and forestry
Normal Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media
1%
Normal Life, physical, and social science
1%
Normal Legal

Means Of Transportation To WorkWorkers Ages 16+

Car, truck, etc.
97.0%
Public transportation
0.3%
Taxi
0.0%
Bicycle, Walked, or Other Means
0.8%
Worked at Home
1.9%
26

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
18.5%
High School Graduate
51.7%
Associate's degree
7.1%
Bachelor's degree
15.5%
Master's degree
6.1%
Professional school degree
0.6%
Doctorate degree
0.5%
82%

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.

30%

Percent with a College DegreePopulation Ages 25+

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

7%

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 35% of children in this age range were enrolled in Limestone County, AL.

Enrolled in Public School
84%
Enrolled in Private School
11%
Not Enrolled in School
5%
13%

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

88%

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

Demographics

85,264

Total Population

Historical Population

The historical population of Limestone County, AL in each census year since 1790 is derived from census records. Historical populations are based on the present-day geographic area of Limestone 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
25%
Seniors
13%
Other
24%
13%

Children Under 10

10%

Children Ages 10-17

14%

Young Adult Singles (Ages 18-39)

25%

Middle Aged and Married (Ages 40-64)

13%

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
56%
Single Female Families
12%
Single Male Families
4%
Householder Living Alone
25%
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
81.4%
Black
12.8%
American Indian or Alaskan
0.5%
Asian
1.2%
Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other
2.3%
Two Plus Races
1.8%

Hispanic and Latino Races

White
57.5%
Black
0.9%
American Indian and Alaskan
0.6%
Asian
0.3%
Pacific Islander
0.3%
Other
37.6%
Two Plus Races
2.9%

Race and Ethnicity

White
78.2%
Black
12.7%
American Indian or Alaskan
0.5%
Asian
1.2%
Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other
0.2%
Two Plus Races
1.6%
Hispanic
5.6%

Hispanic and Latino Origins

Mexican
91.0%
Puerto Rican
2.3%
Cuban
2.3%
Dominican
0.0%
Central American
1.5%
South American
0.7%
Other
2.1%
34

Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The racial and ethnic diversity index measures the probability that any two people chose at random from Limestone 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 Limestone County, AL weather from 1971 to 2000 at the nearest official weather station which is located at ATHENS 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 65% of other weather stations.

Winter Low Temps

This weather station's average winter low temps are higher than 73% 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 Census0149228
Logical Record Number2013 ACS0000054
Region2013 ACS3
Division2013 ACS6
State FIPS2013 ACS01
County FIPS2013 ACS083
Metro Micro Politan Statistical Area2013 ACS26620
Metro Micro Politan Statistical Area Size Code2010 Census19
Metropolitan Division2010 Census99999
Combined Statistical Area2013 ACS290
Name2010 CensusLimestone County
Name2013 ACSLimestone County, Alabama
Functional Status Code2010 CensusA
Legal Statistical Area Description Code2010 Census06
State ANSI2010 Census01779775
County ANSI2010 Census00161567
Combined Statistical Area Size Code2010 Census20
Metropolitan Micropolitan Indicator2010 Census1
Full GEOID2013 ACS05000US01083
GEOID2013 ACS01083
Population2010 Census82,782
Population2013 ACS85,264
Housing Units2010 Census34,977
Housing Units2013 ACS34,959
Land Area2013 ACS559.9 square miles
Water Area2010 Census47.3 square miles
Water Area2013 ACS47.2 square miles
Population Density2013 ACS152.3 people per sq. mile
Minimum Bounding Rectangle Or Bounding Box2013 ACS[34.55079,-87.278483], [34.999024,-86.783609],
Centroid Or Center Coordinates2013 ACS34.810095969805, -86.981394919885
FIPS County Class Code2010 CensusH1
County Size Code2010 Census17