Houston County, AL

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2019 Population
104,702
0.335% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Shelby
Republican Party
US Senator
Tommy Tuberville
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
40.1
0.754% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
18.2%
0.419% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$47,580
4.58% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$137,600
5.44% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
44,374
0.187% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Houston County, AL had a population of 105k people with a median age of 40.1 and a median household income of $47,580. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Houston County, AL grew from 104,352 to 104,702, a 0.335% increase and its median household income grew from $45,496 to $47,580, a 4.58% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Houston County, AL are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (26.8%), White (Hispanic) (2.64%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.02%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.868%). 0% of the households in Houston County, AL speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.7% of the residents in Houston County, AL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houston County, AL are Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (159 degrees awarded in 2019) and Fortis College-Dothan (123 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Houston County, AL was $137,600, and the homeownership rate was 65.7%. Most people in Houston County, AL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Houston County, AL was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Houston County, AL is home to a population of 105k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 5.64% of Houston County, AL residents were born outside of the country (5.9k people).

In 2019, there were 2.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.6k people) in Houston County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.76k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Houston County, AL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    69.6k ± 224
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    28k ± 179
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.76k ± 137
3.32%
Hispanic Population
3.48k people

In 2019, there were 2.48 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (69.6k people) in Houston County, AL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 28k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 2.76k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.32% of the people in Houston County, AL are hispanic (3.48k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Houston County, AL as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.64%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
5.9k people
2.27%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
2.37k people

As of 2019, 5.64% of Houston County, AL residents (5.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Houston County, AL was 2.27%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

40
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Houston County, AL was 40.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Houston County, AL are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Houston County, AL residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    48,648 ± 5,388 people
  2. Guatemala
    13,164 ± 2,813 people
  3. India
    9,844 ± 2,433 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alabama was Mexico, the natal country of 48,648 Alabama residents, followed by Guatemala with 13,164 and India with 9,844.

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Citizenship

98.7%
2019 Citizenship
98.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.7% of Houston County, AL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Houston County, AL was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,650 ± 153
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,652 ± 192
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,389 ± 171

Houston County, AL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Alabama, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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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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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Alabama. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Alabama.

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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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Economy

Median household income in Houston County, AL is $47,580. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Houston County, AL was Census Tract 402.02 with a value of $82,426, followed by Census Tract 401 and Census Tract 402.01, with respective values of $78,393 and $69,525.

Males in Alabama have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,012. The income inequality in Alabama (measured using the Gini index) is 0.459, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Houston County, AL employs 44.4k people. The largest industries in Houston County, AL are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,767 people), Retail Trade (6,448 people), and Manufacturing (4,093 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,625), Utilities ($89,722), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,899).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,580
2019 value
± $1,033
4.58%
1 Year Growth
± 2.87%

Households in Houston County, AL have a median annual income of $47,580, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,496 in 2018, which represents a 4.58% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

The PUMS dataset is not available at the County level, so we are showing data for Alabama.
$61,746
Average Male Salary in Alabama
± $1,542
$43,012
Average Female Salary in Alabama
± $1,077

In 2019, 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
    $59,683 ± $10,574
  2. White
    $50,914 ± $1,134
  3. American Indian
    $44,130 ± $8,792

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alabama workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.17 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 Houston County, AL is from Alabama.
0.459
2019 Wage GINI in Alabama
0.46
2018 Wage GINI in Alabama

In 2019, the income inequality in Alabama was 0.459 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.143% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 402.02
  2. Census Tract 401
  3. Census Tract 402.01

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houston County, AL was Census Tract 402.02 with a value of $82,426, followed by Census Tract 401 and Census Tract 402.01, with respective values of $78,393 and $69,525.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Houston County, AL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houston County, AL (18.9k out of 104k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 45 - 54.

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. Black
    9,178 ± 361
  2. White
    8,659 ± 421
  3. Hispanic
    1,021 ± 141

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Houston County, AL is Black, followed by White 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

44.4k
2019 Value
± 878
0.187%
1 Year growth
± 2.8%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Houston County, AL grew at a rate of 0.187%, from 44.3k employees to 44.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houston County, AL, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,884 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,618 people), and Management Occupations (3,466 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houston County, AL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Houston County, AL, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,884 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,618 people), and Management Occupations (3,466 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houston County, AL has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.57 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.46 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Houston County, AL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,167), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($63,349), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,423).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

44.4k
2019 Value
± 878
0.187%
1 Year growth
± 2.8%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Houston County, AL grew at a rate of 0.187%, from 44.3k employees to 44.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houston County, AL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,767 people), Retail Trade (6,448 people), and Manufacturing (4,093 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houston County, AL, though some of these residents may live in Houston County, 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 Houston County, AL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,767 people), Retail Trade (6,448 people), and Manufacturing (4,093 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houston County, AL has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.77 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.43 times), and Retail Trade (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Houston County, AL, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,625), Utilities ($89,722), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($54,899).

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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. $52.4B
  2. $29.3B
  3. $21.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Alabama product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $52.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($29.3B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($21.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alabama products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Alabama.
$280B
2018 Value in Alabama
$481B
Projected 2045 Value in Alabama
71.8% growth

In 2018, total outbound Alabama trade was $280B. This is expected to increase 71.8% to $481B 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. $31.8B
  2. $17.8B
  3. $14.7B

In 2018, the top outbound Alabama domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $31.8B, followed by Florida with $17.8B and Tennessee and $14.7B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Houston County, AL went to Donald J. Trump with 72.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (25%), followed by Other (2.92%). 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 Houston County, AL
72.1% 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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Education

In 2019, universities in Houston County, AL awarded 282 degrees. The student population of Houston County, AL is skewed towards women, with 391 male students and 454 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houston County, AL are White (160 and 56.7%), followed by Black or African American (71 and 25.2%), Asian (28 and 9.93%), and Two or More Races (16 and 5.67%).

The largest universities in Houston County, AL by number of degrees awarded are Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (159 and 56.4%) and Fortis College-Dothan (123 and 43.6%).

The most popular majors in Houston County, AL are Osteopathic Medicine (159 and 56.4%), Medical Assistant (80 and 28.4%), and Pharmacy Technician (24 and 8.51%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 159 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Professional Doctorate recipients in Houston County, AL was Osteopathic Medicine with 159 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Professional Doctorate from schools in Houston County, AL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 159 degrees awarded
  2. 123 degrees awarded

In 2019, the Houston County, AL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine with 159 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

116
Degrees Awarded to Men
166
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 116 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houston County, AL, which is 0.699 times less than the 166 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Houston County, AL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    160 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    71 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    28 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Houston County, AL was White students. These 160 degrees mean that there were 2.25 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 71 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Houston County, AL was $137,600 in 2019, which is 0.572 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $130,500 to $137,600, a 5.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Houston County, AL is 65.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Houston County, AL have an average commute time of 20.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Houston County, AL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$137,600
2019 Median
± $2,586
$130,500
2018 Median
± $2,670

In 2019, the median property value in Houston County, AL grew to to $137,600 from the previous year's value of $130,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Houston County, 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 Houston County, AL the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k 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.
$47,580
Median Household Income
± $1,033
39.3k
Number of Households
± 732

In 2019, the median household income of the 39.3k households in Houston County, AL grew to $47,580 from the previous year's value of $45,496.

The following chart displays the households in Houston County, 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.7%
2019 Homeownership
65.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 65.7% of the housing units in Houston County, AL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Houston County, AL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houston County, AL have a shorter commute time (20.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.41% of the workforce in Houston County, AL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (88.2%)
  2. Carpooled (7.1%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.81%)

In 2019, 88.2% of workers in Houston County, AL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.1%) and those who worked at home (2.81%).

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 Houston County, AL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Houston County, AL have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

89.5% of the population of Houston County, AL has health coverage, with 40.8% on employee plans, 19.3% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 2.76% 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 Houston County, AL see 1114 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.07% decrease from the previous year (1186 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1513 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 658 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bullock County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (29.5%). Additionally, Macon County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (50.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,114 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Houston County, AL

Primary care physicians in Houston County, AL see an average of 1,114 patients per year. This represents a 6.07% decrease from the previous year (1,186 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Houston County, AL 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

10.5%
Uninsured
40.8%
Employer Coverage
19.3%
Medicaid
12.8%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
2.76%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houston County, AL grew by 1.29% from 10.4% to 10.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Houston County, 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. 29.5% prevalence
  2. 25.6% prevalence
  3. 24.8% prevalence

Bullock County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alabama, at 29.5%.

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

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