Auburn-Opelika, AL

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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Population
159,287
1.72% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Shelby
Republican Party
US Senator
Tommy Tuberville
Republican Party
Median Age
31.4

Poverty Rate
21.4%

Median Household Income
$48,056
1.03% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$165,000
5.03% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
72,956
1.78% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Auburn-Opelika, AL had a population of 159k people with a median age of 31.4 and a median household income of $48,056. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Auburn-Opelika, AL grew from 156,597 to 159,287, a 1.72% increase and its median household income grew from $47,564 to $48,056, a 1.03% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Auburn-Opelika, AL are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (22.8%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.06%), White (Hispanic) (2.88%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.66%). NaNk% of the people in Auburn-Opelika, AL speak a non-English language, and 96.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Auburn-Opelika, AL are Auburn University (6,484 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Auburn-Opelika, AL is $165,000, and the homeownership rate is 60.3%. Most people in Auburn-Opelika, AL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Auburn-Opelika, AL is 2 cars per household.

Auburn-Opelika, AL borders Alexander City, AL, Columbus, GA-AL, and Valley, AL.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Alabama (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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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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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Alabama went to Donald J. Trump with 62.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (34.4%), followed by Gary Johnson (2.09%). The most partisan county was Winston County, AL with 89.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Alabama
62.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Alabama
  1. 89.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 89.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 87.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Alabama was Winston County, AL with 89.5% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Alabama colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Alabama

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Richard Shelby
Senator from Alabama3
Assumed office on January 3, 1987
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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Diversity

Auburn-Opelika, AL is home to a population of 159k people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2018, 5.45% of Auburn-Opelika, AL residents were born outside of the country (8.69k people).

In 2018, there were 2.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (107k people) in Auburn-Opelika, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.48k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Auburn-Opelika, AL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    107k ± 191
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    36.4k ± 425
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    6.48k ± 183
3.68%
Hispanic Population
5.87k people

In 2018, there were 2.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (107k people) in Auburn-Opelika, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 36.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 6.48k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.68% of the people in Auburn-Opelika, AL are hispanic (5.87k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.45%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
8.69k people
5.49%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
8.59k people

As of 2018, 5.45% of Auburn-Opelika, AL residents (8.69k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Auburn-Opelika, AL was 5.49%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

31
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Auburn-Opelika, AL was 31.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Auburn-Opelika, AL are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Auburn-Opelika, AL residents was 31.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    51,837 ± 5,560 people
  2. Guatemala
    11,080 ± 2,581 people
  3. India
    9,229 ± 2,356 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alabama was Mexico, the natal country of 51,837 Alabama residents, followed by Guatemala with 11,080 and India with 9,229.

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Citizenship

96.2%
2018 Citizenship
96.1%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.2% of Auburn-Opelika, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Auburn-Opelika, AL was 96.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,849 ± 396
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,484 ± 437
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,732 ± 339

Auburn-Opelika, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.15 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Auburn-Opelika, AL is $48,056. In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Auburn-Opelika, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $71,230, followed by Limestone County, AL and Madison County, AL, with respective values of $67,000 and $63,111.

Males in Alabama have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $40,615. The income inequality in Alabama (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Auburn-Opelika, AL employs 73k people. The largest industries in Auburn-Opelika, AL are Educational Services (12,225 people), Manufacturing (9,950 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,676 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($89,926), Utilities ($53,556), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,077).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,056
2018 value
± $1,506
1.03%
1 Year Growth
± 4.72%

Households in Auburn-Opelika, AL have a median annual income of $48,056, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,564 in 2017, which represents a 1.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,549
Average Male Salary in Alabama
± $1,465
$40,615
Average Female Salary in Alabama
± $997

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alabama made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Alabama by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Alabama
  1. Asian
    $58,018 ± $10,489
  2. White
    $47,885 ± $1,063
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $45,909 ± $38,465

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alabama workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Alabama.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Auburn-Opelika, AL is from Alabama.
0.46
2017 Wage GINI in Alabama
0.458
2016 Wage GINI in Alabama

In 2017, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.343% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Alabama was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Auburn-Opelika, AL was Shelby County, AL with a value of $71,230, followed by Limestone County, AL and Madison County, AL, with respective values of $67,000 and $63,111.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Auburn-Opelika, AL (32.8k out of 153k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    20,061 ± 1,037
  2. Black
    10,572 ± 894
  3. Hispanic
    1,103 ± 297

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Auburn-Opelika, 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

73k
2018 Value
± 2,234
1.78%
1 Year growth
± 4.24%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Auburn-Opelika, AL grew at a rate of 1.78%, from 71.7k employees to 73k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Auburn-Opelika, AL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,184 people), Management Occupations (7,506 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,125 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Auburn-Opelika, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Auburn-Opelika, AL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,184 people), Management Occupations (7,506 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,125 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Auburn-Opelika, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.61 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.45 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Auburn-Opelika, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,254), Management Occupations ($62,500), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,071).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

73k
2018 Value
± 2,234
1.78%
1 Year growth
± 4.24%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Auburn-Opelika, AL grew at a rate of 1.78%, from 71.7k employees to 73k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Auburn-Opelika, AL, are Educational Services (12,225 people), Manufacturing (9,950 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,676 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Auburn-Opelika, AL, though some of these residents may live in Auburn-Opelika, AL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Auburn-Opelika, AL, by number of employees, are Educational Services (12,225 people), Manufacturing (9,950 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (8,676 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Auburn-Opelika, AL has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.81 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.72 times), and Manufacturing (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Auburn-Opelika, AL, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($89,926), Utilities ($53,556), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,077).

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Domestic Trade

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. $40.7B
  2. $28B
  3. $21.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Alabama product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $40.7B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($21.5B).

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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$243B
2015 Value in Alabama
$367B
Projected 2045 Value in Alabama
50.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alabama trade was $243B. This is expected to increase 50.7% to $367B by 2045.

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. $25.3B
  2. $16.7B
  3. $14.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Alabama domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $25.3B, followed by Florida with $16.7B and Tennessee and $14.5B.

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

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Education

In 2017, universities in Auburn-Opelika, AL awarded 6,484 degrees. The student population of Auburn-Opelika, AL is skewed towards men, with 15,028 male students and 14,748 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Auburn-Opelika, AL are White (5,132 and 84.8%), followed by Black or African American (423 and 6.99%), Hispanic or Latino (188 and 3.11%), and Asian (148 and 2.45%).

The largest universities in Auburn-Opelika, AL by number of degrees awarded are Auburn University (6,484 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Auburn-Opelika, AL are General Business Administration & Management (439 and 6.77%), Accounting (321 and 4.95%), and General Biomedical Sciences (258 and 3.98%).

The median tuition costs in Auburn-Opelika, AL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,336 and $28,008 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 206 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 243 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 227 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Auburn-Opelika, AL was Accounting with 206 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Auburn-Opelika, AL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
6,484 degrees awarded
$9,336
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Auburn-Opelika, AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Auburn University with 6,484 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,079
Degrees Awarded to Men
3,405
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,079 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Auburn-Opelika, AL, which is 0.904 times less than the 3,405 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Auburn-Opelika, AL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,132 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    423 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    188 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Auburn-Opelika, AL were to White students. These 5,132 degrees mean that there were 12.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 423 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Auburn-Opelika, AL was $165,000 in 2018, which is 0.718 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $157,100 to $165,000, a 5.03% increase. The homeownership rate in Auburn-Opelika, AL is 60.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Auburn-Opelika, AL have an average commute time of 21.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Auburn-Opelika, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$165,000
2018 Median
± $4,054
$157,100
2017 Median
± $4,206

In 2018, the median property value in Auburn-Opelika, AL grew to to $165,000 from the previous year's value of $157,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Auburn-Opelika, AL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Auburn-Opelika, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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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.
$48,056
Median Household Income
± $1,506
59.4k
Number of Households
± 1,876

In 2018, the median household income of the 59.4k households in Auburn-Opelika, AL grew to $48,056 from the previous year's value of $47,564.

The following chart displays the households in Auburn-Opelika, 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Auburn-Opelika, AL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Auburn-Opelika, AL the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

60.3%
2018 Homeownership
59.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 60.3% of the housing units in Auburn-Opelika, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Auburn-Opelika, AL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Auburn-Opelika, AL have a shorter commute time (21.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.61% of the workforce in Auburn-Opelika, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    84.4%
  2. Carpooled
    8.03%
  3. Worked At Home
    3.89%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Auburn-Opelika, AL was Drove Alone (84.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.03%) and those who Worked At Home (3.89%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Auburn-Opelika, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Auburn-Opelika, AL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

92.1% of the population of Auburn-Opelika, AL has health coverage, with 51.1% on employee plans, 12.1% on Medicaid, 8.49% on Medicare, 17% on non-group plans, and 3.51% 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 1535 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1552 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2139 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1185 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Greene County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.1%). Additionally, Macon County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,535 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alabama

Primary care physicians in Alabama see an average of 1,535 patients per year. This represents a 1.1% decrease from the previous year (1,552 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,281
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Alabama
$3,641
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,042
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,267
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alabama (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.07%, from $6,996 to $7,281.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.93%
Uninsured
51.1%
Employer Coverage
12.1%
Medicaid
8.49%
Medicare
17%
Non-Group
3.51%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Auburn-Opelika, AL declined by 8.37% from 8.65% to 7.93%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 21.1% prevalence
  2. 20.9% prevalence
  3. 20.4% prevalence

Greene County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alabama, at 21.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alabama by county over multiple years.

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