2015

ALABAMA POVERTY DATA SHEET
Lauderdale

Limestone

17.1%

Madison

15.9%

Jackson
16.9%

13.9%

Colbert

ALABAMA IS THE NATION’S
SIXTH POOREST STATE.

POVERTY RATE IN ALABAMA

16.3%

Lawrence

Franklin

Morgan

17.4%

23.1%

Marion

Winston

20.8%

DeKalb

Marshall

17.4%

20.0%

18.1%

Alabama Possible is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to reduce

Cherokee

Cullman

21.9%

Nearly 900,000 of our neighbors – including
300,000 children – live below the poverty line.

16.4%

systemic poverty and its root causes by inspiring Alabamians to pursue a state in which

20.1%

Etowah

no individual’s quality of life is diminished by poverty. Our work includes increasing

19.6%

Blount

college access and success for low-income and first generation college-going students,

17.2%

Lamar

Fayette

23.0%

disrupting misperceptions about poverty, and advocating for fact-based policy making.

Walker

Calhoun

22.0%

14.0%

JeffersonLauderdale
17.1%
16.3%

Tuscaloosa

23.8%

Marion

19.9%

22.0%

Elmore
18.9%

Pickens

38.0%

Marengo
31.5%

Choctaw

35.0%

37.0%

28.8%

Coosa

31.3%

Crenshaw

Pike

25.3%
Lowndes

30.5%

19.7%

Washington

Escambia

19.7%

28.8%

Coffee

Monroe

19.2%

27.8%

38.3%

19.8%

22.1%

Conecuh

Escambia
27.8%

Covington
Geneva
19.2%

23.6%

15.7%

23.9%

0
WHITE 12

BLACK OR
AFRICAN AMERICAN 12

Barbour
PikeHenry 28.2%

25.3%18.2%

Coffee

30.5%

16.4%

10

Russell

35.2%

22.2%
20.1%

Dale

20.1%

Henry

MEDIAN
HOUSEHOLD INCOME

18.2%

18.1%

Geneva
23.6%

$56,300
$49,606

40

Houston

$42,042

18.1%

$28,750

20.3%

20

Under 10% in poverty

Under
10% in poverty
10% - 19.9% in poverty
Baldwin
Baldwin
14.2%

14.2%

10% - 19.9% in

10

20% - 24.9% in poverty
poverty

25% and above in poverty

0

20% - 24.9% in poverty

WHITE 3

BLACK OR
AFRICAN AMERICAN 3

25% and above in poverty

POVERTY RATE BY STATE
POVERTY RATE BY STATE

$35,781

$35,415
30

Mobile

20.3%

HISPANIC OR
LATINO 12

60
50

Houston

18.5%

27.4%

20

Bullock

Dale
Crenshaw

30.4%

Lee

Macon
Barbour
Montgomery
28.2%33.8%

18.5%

29.7%

Covington

23.9%22.5%
22.2%

37.0%

Butler

Clarke
25.4%

47.2%

30

32.4%

Conecuh

50

40

Talapoosa Chambers

19.9%

Autauga

Wilcox
22.2%

Monroe

CHILD POVERTY RATE

Russell

35.2%Elmore
13.4%

13.5%

29.7%

Mobile

Macon

Chilton

38.0%

22.4%

Clay

33.8%

Perry

36.4%

Marengo
31.5%
Choctaw Butler

HISPANIC OR
LATINO 3

18.9%

Bullock

Dallas

BLACK OR
AFRICAN AMERICAN 3

Cleburne

19.6% Randolph
23.4%

20.3%

Sumter

Clarke

Washington

22.1%

Hale

Lowndes
25.7%
32.4%

25.4%

Montgomery
23.1%

Greene

22.4%

Wilcox

8.3%

Bibb

31.3%

19.8%

Shelby

17.2%

Dallas

0

Talladega
19.8%

Tuscaloosa
13.5%

23.8%

13.4%

WHITE 3

Lee

13.4%

Autauga

Sumter

12.5%

10

21.4%

14.0%

Jefferson

36.4%

20.1%

Calhoun

St. Clair

24.7%

20

22.5%

22.2%

32.6%

31.4%
27.1%

19.6%
Blount
Talapoosa
Chambers
17.2%

20.7%

Perry

30

Cherokee

Etowah

Walker

Lamar20.3%
Fayette
23.0%

16.4%

Coosa

Alabama

40

20.0%

23.4%

Cullman

21.9%

Chilton

Hale

25.7%

Winston

20.8%

23.1%

Greene
35.0%

19.6%18.1%

8.3%

Bibb

POVERTY RATE

19.8%
Lawrence
MorganClay
17.4%
DeKalb
17.4%
Marshall
Randolph

Franklin
Shelby
23.1%

17.2%

16.9%

13.9%

Talladega

United States

18.9%
Jackson

Madison

15.9%

Colbert

RACE OR ETHNICITY

Cleburne

Limestone

18.9%

Pickens

21.4%

St. Clair

20.7%

HISPANIC OR
LATINO 3

REGION
25
22%

20

NH

15
14%

15%

16%

10
5
0
METROPOLITAN 10

NON-METROPOLITAN 10

Under 10% in poverty
10% - 13.9% in poverty
14% - 17.9% in poverty
18% and above in poverty

PO BOX 55058 | BIRMINGHAM, AL 35255
205.939.1408

2015

ALABAMA POVERTY DATA SHEET
POVERTY RATE

EDUCATION

Children2

Adults over
653

Families
With Related
Children3

Female-Headed
Households
With Related
Children3

Individuals
25 & Over
Who Are
Less Than
High School
Graduates3

Individuals
Individuals
25 & Over
25 & Over
Who Graduated Who Have Some
From High
College or an
School or
Associate
Have a GED3
Degree3

EMPLOYMENT

FOOD SECURITY

Individuals
25 & Over
Who Have a
Bachelor’s
Degree
or Higher 3

Population
25 & Over
Who Is a
High School
Graduate
or Higher 3

Population
25 & Over
Who Has a
Bachelor's
Degree or
Higher 3

Annual
Unemployment
Rate4

Median
Household
Income2

SNAP
Recipients7

Food
Insecurity8

Total
Population1

All Persons2

White3

Black or
African
American3

United States
Alabama

318,857,056
4,849,377

15.8%
18.9%

12.5%
13.4%

27.1%
31.4%

24.7%
32.6%

22.2%
27.4%

9.4%
10.8%

17.8%
23.1%

40.0%
48.8%

27.1%
30.1%

13.7%
15.5%

10.1%
11.8%

4.3%
4.1%

86.0%
83.1%

28.8%
22.6%

6.2%
6.8%

$52,250
$42,882

14.6%
18.6%

15.8%
18.8%

21.4%
26.2%

71.6%
63.5%

Autauga
Baldwin
Barbour
Bibb
Blount
Bullock
Butler
Calhoun
Chambers
Cherokee
Chilton
Choctaw
Clarke
Clay
Cleburne
Coffee
Colbert
Conecuh
Coosa
Covington
Crenshaw
Cullman
Dale
Dallas
DeKalb
Elmore
Escambia
Etowah
Fayette
Franklin
Geneva
Greene
Hale
Henry
Houston
Jackson
Jefferson
Lamar
Lauderdale
Lawrence
Lee
Limestone
Lowndes
Macon
Madison
Marengo
Marion
Marshall
Mobile
Monroe
Montgomery
Morgan
Perry
Pickens
Pike
Randolph
Russell
St. Clair
Shelby
Sumter
Talladega
Tallapoosa
Tuscaloosa
Walker
Washington
Wilcox
Winston

55,395
200,111
26,887
22,506
57,719
10,764
20,296
115,916
34,076
26,037
43,931
13,323
24,945
13,552
15,080
50,909
54,543
12,670
10,886
37,914
13,977
81,289
49,484
41,711
71,065
80,977
37,733
103,531
16,874
31,601
26,712
8,553
15,184
17,190
104,193
52,665
660,793
14,086
93,096
33,477
154,255
90,787
10,580
19,425
350,299
20,110
30,271
94,636
415,123
21,947
226,189
119,607
9,826
20,365
33,389
22,539
59,608
86,697
206,655
13,166
81,322
41,165
202,212
65,471
16,834
11,098
24,150

13.5%
14.2%
28.2%
23.1%
17.2%
35.2%
28.8%
21.4%
22.5%
20.1%
20.3%
22.4%
25.4%
19.6%
18.9%
18.5%
16.3%
30.5%
19.9%
19.2%
22.2%
16.4%
20.1%
31.3%
20.0%
13.4%
27.8%
19.6%
20.7%
23.1%
23.6%
35.0%
25.7%
18.2%
18.1%
16.9%
18.9%
23.0%
17.1%
17.4%
19.8%
15.9%
37.0%
33.8%
13.9%
31.5%
20.8%
18.1%
20.3%
29.7%
22.1%
17.4%
36.4%
23.8%
25.3%
23.4%
23.9%
14.0%
8.3%
38.0%
19.8%
22.2%
17.2%
22.0%
19.7%
32.4%
21.9%

9.1%
10.7%
12.1%
14.1%
15.4%
12.8%
19.0%
17.0%
14.0%
20.5%
17.2%
13.0%
17.2%
16.7%
17.7%
13.9%
15.4%
19.4%
15.6%
17.0%
15.3%
18.2%
12.8%
13.6%
19.2%
10.2%
20.8%
15.2%
16.4%
19.1%
18.3%
18.2%
9.5%
10.8%
11.1%
15.2%
9.8%
20.5%
15.1%
16.3%
18.9%
12.8%
4.1%
12.7%
8.4%
5.6%
19.9%
18.5%
12.2%
17.0%
9.7%
12.9%
8.1%
12.4%
20.0%
19.4%
16.3%
14.4%
6.4%
17.6%
16.5%
13.8%
14.2%
19.8%
14.2%
8.8%
23.0%

25.4%
36.2%
40.4%
35.2%
47.2%
25.2%
40.7%
38.9%
38.8%
28.5%
33.3%
31.8%
43.3%
28.7%
23.4%
39.7%
25.8%
48.5%
33.8%
38.8%
30.3%
40.4%
31.4%
44.9%
36.4%
27.3%
35.6%
36.6%
42.5%
38.1%
37.8%
36.7%
37.9%
23.6%
35.5%
24.6%
27.8%
34.7%
33.9%
24.3%
31.2%
20.4%
34.5%
30.5%
23.8%
40.8%
48.3%
29.7%
32.4%
45.5%
29.6%
33.8%
32.7%
47.9%
38.0%
38.2%
29.0%
22.0%
13.7%
45.0%
36.6%
35.0%
29.4%
30.2%
32.9%
50.2%
63.2%

34.6%
27.9%
39.8%
22.2%
27.7%
33.2%
15.9%
27.4%
38.5%
40.3%
44.1%
69.2%
57.1%
39.0%
44.7%
36.8%
58.2%
46.6%
25.3%
11.3%
25.1%
50.9%
35.8%
19.7%
43.3%
26.3%
40.1%
25.9%
26.1%
27.3%
45.4%
0.0%
5.8%
23.5%
36.0%
36.8%
32.1%
60.6%
23.2%
38.3%
33.5%
47.3%
47.6%
13.3%
22.1%
36.8%
10.0%
38.6%
20.8%
0.0%
36.5%
33.4%
4.6%
11.4%
64.5%
23.5%
47.2%
31.0%
8.6%
19.7%
54.0%
27.3%
47.8%
57.9%
58.3%
52.8%

19.6%
20.8%
42.4%
35.6%
26.6%
44.2%
39.8%
28.7%
34.7%
31.6%
33.7%
31.0%
35.3%
28.9%
27.6%
27.9%
25.8%
43.4%
30.9%
29.2%
31.3%
22.6%
28.2%
49.6%
30.3%
20.2%
37.1%
28.1%
29.6%
36.3%
38.2%
50.5%
38.8%
28.7%
30.1%
28.1%
26.8%
30.8%
24.5%
26.2%
21.8%
21.2%
53.1%
46.4%
19.6%
50.0%
30.5%
29.5%
31.3%
39.1%
33.0%
25.1%
52.6%
36.3%
34.8%
34.1%
34.0%
20.7%
11.2%
48.8%
28.9%
36.3%
23.4%
32.2%
29.2%
50.1%
33.9%

7.0%
5.4%
17.7%
11.6%
8.9%
23.5%
22.3%
10.4%
13.5%
10.7%
9.9%
17.4%
18.7%
9.0%
13.4%
11.0%
10.6%
18.7%
15.8%
12.7%
15.2%
13.2%
9.1%
18.9%
13.3%
8.7%
15.6%
11.5%
12.6%
14.9%
9.4%
17.9%
18.2%
15.5%
9.8%
13.0%
10.7%
13.8%
8.7%
11.4%
8.7%
11.2%
22.7%
17.4%
7.1%
19.8%
12.8%
11.4%
11.9%
20.7%
9.2%
9.8%
21.9%
20.9%
14.8%
17.8%
17.9%
8.2%
3.9%
17.5%
13.9%
9.8%
6.9%
10.6%
10.9%
20.1%
15.0%

13.0%
18.6%
36.5%
24.8%
18.6%
25.0%
38.3%
26.8%
36.2%
26.9%
25.6%
27.7%
33.5%
23.3%
20.5%
25.1%
25.2%
42.3%
28.0%
28.1%
19.6%
23.1%
22.7%
42.9%
24.5%
16.9%
34.1%
24.2%
27.9%
29.6%
30.1%
48.9%
32.7%
20.3%
24.4%
23.0%
21.7%
25.8%
19.8%
23.1%
17.6%
18.9%
33.9%
38.7%
15.4%
31.8%
29.8%
25.6%
24.7%
39.6%
26.9%
20.6%
41.0%
34.7%
30.2%
27.8%
27.0%
18.9%
9.3%
49.2%
31.7%
30.1%
21.2%
26.1%
23.7%
49.3%
34.3%

34.6%
42.8%
66.6%
48.7%
50.5%
43.8%
59.7%
54.0%
60.9%
52.1%
58.4%
61.9%
57.3%
53.5%
55.2%
58.5%
48.8%
68.0%
55.6%
55.7%
44.2%
50.6%
50.1%
63.2%
58.7%
41.3%
63.0%
52.8%
68.5%
68.8%
57.6%
68.4%
55.0%
57.3%
50.6%
51.5%
43.2%
56.7%
52.8%
52.6%
45.6%
42.0%
57.3%
59.0%
38.5%
66.3%
62.4%
53.5%
48.3%
67.7%
46.7%
49.1%
64.9%
58.1%
45.9%
51.6%
46.0%
46.2%
28.8%
66.7%
59.3%
43.8%
49.5%
53.2%
50.6%
64.0%
65.8%

26.7%
25.8%
34.6%
19.8%
22.8%
33.3%
35.6%
29.2%
29.0%
28.9%
25.0%
27.5%
42.6%
35.2%
26.6%
28.2%
26.5%
47.8%
29.9%
29.4%
24.3%
32.2%
31.6%
37.8%
28.8%
21.1%
34.6%
30.9%
25.0%
31.2%
26.6%
34.0%
29.3%
25.6%
30.6%
23.5%
32.1%
28.9%
27.5%
28.5%
32.0%
29.6%
43.5%
30.7%
27.8%
37.3%
27.3%
29.0%
32.4%
35.7%
36.9%
26.8%
25.9%
39.2%
34.4%
37.2%
32.6%
26.5%
18.9%
35.1%
32.2%
22.1%
31.6%
30.0%
29.1%
44.9%
34.3%

8.5%
12.2%
19.8%
12.3%
12.8%
13.7%
23.2%
16.9%
18.4%
21.2%
13.4%
14.0%
25.5%
15.9%
13.4%
17.0%
15.2%
28.6%
18.9%
15.9%
18.8%
14.3%
17.3%
30.2%
11.9%
12.4%
22.6%
16.1%
16.1%
18.1%
17.5%
28.6%
23.7%
12.4%
14.8%
15.1%
15.9%
14.9%
11.6%
11.8%
13.7%
12.3%
19.1%
21.3%
13.4%
21.9%
17.1%
14.9%
16.3%
24.8%
17.8%
11.2%
20.2%
23.1%
16.2%
20.2%
17.6%
11.6%
9.4%
26.4%
17.0%
16.9%
13.7%
14.7%
14.5%
41.6%
16.4%

6.9%
9.4%
18.1%
11.4%
8.9%
10.3%
21.1%
13.1%
16.3%
14.3%
12.3%
16.5%
16.1%
10.2%
10.5%
10.7%
9.4%
22.1%
13.2%
12.1%
11.7%
12.5%
11.3%
19.0%
8.2%
10.9%
13.8%
11.7%
17.2%
9.6%
11.6%
20.3%
16.0%
10.9%
9.7%
9.8%
13.1%
17.6%
10.0%
11.2%
11.4%
7.5%
14.8%
22.2%
9.7%
19.1%
14.2%
10.5%
12.7%
19.7%
13.6%
10.5%
21.0%
19.3%
13.5%
11.3%
13.0%
10.2%
4.9%
38.5%
15.7%
12.0%
11.0%
14.6%
9.6%
21.8%
15.7%

4.2%
4.2%
1.8%
2.4%
2.9%
4.0%
6.0%
4.6%
1.5%
2.8%
4.5%
8.7%
8.4%
6.2%
0.8%
4.1%
4.6%
0.6%
2.5%
5.5%
5.2%
5.5%
1.8%
8.8%
7.0%
1.1%
6.2%
3.2%
3.4%
6.2%
6.6%
6.4%
4.7%
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2.3%
4.6%
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5.1%
1.3%
5.7%
3.6%
5.2%
8.1%
2.8%
2.4%
3.9%
4.7%
4.3%
3.2%
4.6%
5.2%
6.0%
8.9%
7.9%
6.5%
6.1%
3.0%
2.5%
4.8%
4.4%
3.4%
4.9%
4.0%
1.8%
3.2%
4.6%

85.6%
89.1%
73.7%
77.5%
77.0%
67.8%
76.3%
78.6%
75.1%
78.3%
76.0%
75.2%
78.3%
76.5%
76.0%
82.4%
83.5%
77.3%
75.0%
78.4%
76.7%
79.8%
84.1%
77.5%
70.6%
86.6%
76.2%
81.8%
74.9%
72.5%
77.2%
76.2%
77.4%
80.1%
83.9%
74.6%
87.4%
76.1%
83.8%
77.1%
86.7%
81.5%
73.9%
80.0%
90.0%
83.7%
74.6%
76.2%
83.9%
76.1%
85.6%
81.4%
70.2%
79.7%
81.0%
72.6%
80.4%
82.0%
91.2%
75.5%
78.9%
79.2%
86.6%
76.4%
80.5%
76.1%
72.7%

20.9%
27.7%
13.4%
12.1%
12.1%
12.5%
14.0%
16.1%
11.8%
12.8%
12.9%
11.8%
11.2%
9.2%
9.0%
22.5%
17.7%
8.8%
9.8%
14.2%
12.7%
14.8%
17.0%
14.2%
10.7%
21.0%
11.7%
14.8%
13.2%
11.0%
10.4%
12.8%
12.8%
16.6%
19.7%
13.0%
30.0%
9.5%
21.1%
11.9%
32.5%
22.7%
14.4%
19.6%
38.5%
17.4%
9.5%
15.2%
20.7%
10.6%
31.5%
19.9%
10.4%
11.0%
23.0%
11.1%
16.0%
15.5%
40.3%
14.9%
13.0%
16.3%
27.0%
10.5%
9.5%
11.1%
10.4%

6.0%
5.9%
11.4%
7.0%
5.8%
12.3%
8.6%
7.6%
6.9%
5.7%
6.2%
8.3%
10.7%
7.9%
6.1%
6.5%
7.9%
11.3%
8.2%
7.6%
6.5%
5.6%
7.6%
13.1%
7.1%
6.2%
8.6%
6.8%
7.9%
8.4%
6.7%
11.6%
8.8%
7.2%
6.9%
6.5%
6.3%
7.6%
6.9%
8.1%
5.4%
6.0%
12.5%
8.9%
6.0%
8.2%
8.8%
6.6%
7.8%
12.0%
7.3%
6.5%
13.0%
8.0%
7.0%
7.2%
8.4%
5.9%
4.7%
10.3%
7.2%
8.3%
6.1%
6.9%
10.1%
16.0%
9.1%

$51,868
$47,539
$30,981
$39,781
$44,392
$25,937
$31,041
$37,898
$33,883
$37,478
$41,348
$33,581
$34,593
$33,344
$40,407
$44,666
$40,032
$27,196
$35,175
$35,187
$34,105
$40,142
$41,805
$27,524
$36,713
$51,650
$33,455
$38,587
$35,661
$33,332
$35,378
$25,864
$33,597
$41,590
$39,636
$37,204
$45,024
$36,475
$43,586
$40,713
$44,647
$50,148
$29,734
$29,228
$58,258
$33,749
$34,162
$38,399
$42,278
$32,696
$44,013
$44,079
$25,461
$32,314
$35,944
$35,121
$35,762
$52,437
$68,718
$24,504
$38,505
$37,747
$45,959
$37,193
$41,115
$23,184
$33,578

14.0%
11.8%
23.7%
17.5%
14.4%
26.5%
25.7%
21.1%
21.8%
18.9%
19.2%
24.2%
25.9%
15.4%
17.1%
13.9%
16.3%
28.7%
17.2%
20.2%
20.6%
14.9%
20.7%
38.9%
20.6%
15.0%
25.1%
16.1%
21.9%
20.2%
22.1%
36.0%
27.0%
18.6%
18.3%
16.3%
17.9%
20.2%
13.6%
19.1%
11.4%
12.8%
37.8%
35.0%
11.5%
26.0%
20.0%
19.0%
21.7%
22.8%
23.4%
13.6%
42.8%
20.6%
22.0%
23.6%
24.5%
13.8%
6.8%
32.5%
20.0%
20.7%
13.9%
19.7%
17.7%
41.4%
15.6%

13.9%
13.7%
22.3%
16.2%
12.1%
23.7%
22.3%
17.8%
20.5%
15.1%
14.1%
18.9%
23.2%
16.8%
14.4%
15.6%
16.3%
23.0%
17.7%
16.4%
17.2%
13.9%
17.1%
28.6%
13.4%
14.5%
19.8%
16.0%
16.5%
14.9%
16.0%
26.6%
22.9%
15.9%
17.4%
14.2%
18.4%
17.0%
15.3%
15.3%
17.5%
13.5%
25.6%
25.4%
14.8%
21.3%
16.1%
13.5%
18.9%
22.9%
20.9%
14.2%
26.3%
21.1%
21.2%
18.1%
20.4%
13.2%
10.7%
27.7%
18.8%
17.9%
17.5%
15.6%
17.3%
29.8%
16.9%

21.5%
23.9%
29.5%
26.3%
24.9%
23.8%
28.7%
26.9%
28.3%
28.9%
26.6%
24.1%
28.7%
25.8%
27.5%
25.8%
26.3%
29.3%
26.0%
27.3%
24.7%
26.3%
24.8%
33.2%
27.2%
22.4%
28.2%
25.8%
27.8%
28.2%
28.6%
29.2%
27.0%
22.6%
25.0%
25.2%
21.8%
28.0%
25.1%
25.8%
21.5%
22.7%
26.1%
25.8%
20.5%
25.0%
28.8%
27.0%
24.6%
30.8%
22.8%
24.3%
27.8%
26.8%
25.0%
27.4%
25.3%
24.1%
18.6%
27.6%
26.8%
27.3%
22.4%
27.9%
26.0%
32.4%
32.8%

49.1%
42.8%
78.7%
63.6%
53.1%
100.0%
84.3%
64.2%
74.9%
63.1%
57.7%
88.5%
88.9%
65.3%
61.5%
49.5%
53.1%
88.3%
69.6%
60.0%
65.0%
53.4%
62.4%
100.0%
71.0%
52.9%
69.4%
61.7%
59.9%
71.0%
63.4%
92.4%
75.9%
62.5%
63.0%
60.4%
56.8%
59.6%
50.7%
64.1%
48.5%
50.1%
100.0%
100.0%
53.1%
71.8%
53.7%
71.5%
96.4%
68.8%
100.0%
52.6%
100.0%
75.5%
69.0%
63.4%
68.4%
52.3%
32.6%
100.0%
70.9%
63.0%
61.6%
60.7%
62.2%
100.0%
60.3%

HOMELESS PERSONS
403,958
3,530
1,048
155

Hispanic or
Latino3

11

U.S.
Alabama
Bessemer, Birmingham, Hoover/Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair Counties
Florence/Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston and Lawrence Counties

428

Huntsville, Decatur/Madison, Limestone and Morgan Counties

409
455
187

Montgomery/Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes and Bullock Counties
Mobile/Mobile and Baldwin Counties
Tuscaloosa/Tuscaloosa County

397
451

Anniston, Gadsden/Calhoun and Etowah Counties
Balance of the State of Alabama

Terms and Definitions
CHILDREN – Individuals under the age of 18.
FOOD INSECURITY – The USDA definition includes households with limited or uncertain access to adequate food including reports of reduced
quality, variety, or desirability of diet and also includes households with members who went hungry or skipped meals at some point during the year.
HOMELESSNESS – The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development use a point-in-time homelessness count, which is a locally
planned and coordinated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January.
K-12 FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH RECIPIENTS – State and county-level participation rates were calculated by assigning a value equal to enrollment
to schools adopting the Community Eligibility Provision and then by incorporating city school system totals into corresponding county totals.
POVERTY – The 2014 U.S. Census Bureau poverty guideline for the 48 contiguous states was $19,790 for a family of 3 and $23,850 for a family of 4.
POVERTY RATE – The percent of persons (or families) who live below the federal poverty line as calculated by the Census Bureau.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE – The annual average percentage of the work force that is unemployed. Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not
have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work.
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U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (2013)
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2009-2013)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (2014)
Alabama Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics, Alabama Vital Statistics (2013), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Diabetes Surveillance System (2012)
USDA, Alabama Department of Human Resources (2014)
Feeding America (2013)
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Kaiser Family Foundation (2013)
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