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January 31, 2008

Alabama Snapshot

Alabama in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

About 63 percent of Alabama’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, not significantly different from the national rate of 64 percent.

As one of the 24 states holding “Super Tuesday” presidential primary and caucus sites on Feb. 5, Alabama’s 2007 population of 4.6 million includes a percentage of the black population that is more than double the national average and a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white-alone population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about Alabama'a population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Alabama U.S.
Median age 37.1 36.4
Women 51.5% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 69.0% 66.4%
Black alone 26.3% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.5% 14.8%
Median household income $38,783 $48,451
Foreign born 2.8% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 16.6% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 21.1% 27.0%
Median home value $107,000 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).