Empire, Alabama

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Population in July 2007: 2,519.
Males: 1,237  (49.1%)
Females: 1,282  (50.9%)
Median resident age:

35.1 years
Alabama median age:

35.8 years

Zip code: 35063

Estimated median household income in 2019: $40,938 (it was $25,718 in 2000)
Empire:

$40,938
AL:

$51,734

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $23,609 (it was $14,925 in 2000)

Empire CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $108,041 (it was $44,300 in 2000)
Empire:

$108,041
AL:

$154,000
March 2019 cost of living index in Empire: 84.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Empire, AL (2000)
    • 2,50896.7%White alone
    • 612.4%Black alone
    • 140.5%Two or more races
    • 40.2%American Indian alone
    • 40.2%Hispanic
    • 30.1%Asian alone

Races in Empire detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 15 registered sex offenders living in Empire, Alabama as of September 27, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Empire is 168 to 1.


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Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 505 feet

Land area: 36.9 square miles.

Population density: 68 people per square mile   (very low).

Empire, Alabama map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Empire CCD:

0.4% ($199)
Alabama:

0.4% ($289)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Birmingham, AL (24.2 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (555.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Sipsey, AL (2.1 miles ),
Sumiton, AL (2.5 miles ),
Robbins Crossroads, AL (2.6 miles ),
Dora, AL (2.9 miles ),
Colony, AL (3.2 miles ),
Smoke Rise, AL (3.3 miles ),
Warrior, AL (3.4 miles ),
Cordova, AL (3.4 miles )

Latitude: 33.83 N, Longitude: 87.01 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 205

Distribution of median household income in Empire, AL in 2019
Empire satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.0%
Alabama:

4.0%
Most common industries in Empire, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (9.6%)
  • Educational services (9.2%)
  • Construction (8.4%)
  • Repair & maintenance (5.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (5.2%)
  • Truck transportation (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (14.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (9.2%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.6%)
  • Repair & maintenance (7.4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.7%)
  • Truck transportation (4.9%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (19.1%)
  • Educational services (16.5%)
  • Apparel (5.4%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.2%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (5.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.7%)
  • Pharmacies & drug stores (4.7%)
Most common occupations in Empire, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (10.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.0%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Extraction workers (4.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (11.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (7.0%)
  • Registered nurses (6.5%)
  • Teachers, secondary school (6.5%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.7%)
  • Cashiers (4.4%)

Average climate in Empire, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Empire, Alabama average temperatures Empire, Alabama average precipitation Empire, Alabama humidity Empire, Alabama wind speed Empire, Alabama snowfall Empire, Alabama sunshine Empire, Alabama clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 81.3. This is about average.

City:

81.3
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.257. This is about average. Closest monitor was 22.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.257
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 9.57. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 22.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.57
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 2.35. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 22.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.35
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 28.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.1
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 19.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

19.8
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.21. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.21
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Tornado activity:

Empire-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 170% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/8/1998, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 19.3 miles away from the Empire place center killed 32 people and injured 259 people and caused $200 million in damages.

On 4/4/1977, a category F5 tornado 22.2 miles away from the place center killed 22 people and injured 130 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Empire-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Alabama state average. It is 150% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 32.9 miles away from Empire center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 91.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 48.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MW, Depth: 12.3 mi) earthquake occurred 91.2 miles away from Empire center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 188.1 miles away from Empire center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 226.1 miles away from Empire center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Walker County (21) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 12, Tornadoes: 10, Floods: 9, Winds: 5, Hurricanes: 3, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Empire:

  • SOUTHEAST HOSPICE NETWORK, LLC (Hospital, about 9 miles away; JASPER, AL)
  • CORDOVA HEALTH AND REHABILITATION, LLC (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; CORDOVA, AL)
  • RCG WALKER (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; JASPER, AL)
  • WALKER BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; JASPER, AL)
  • MID-SOUTH HOME HEALTH AGENCY INC (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; JASPER, AL)
  • LONGVIEW GENERAL HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 14 miles away; GRAYSVILLE, AL)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH OF WALKER (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; JASPER, AL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Empire:

  • Bevill State Community College (about 15 miles; Jasper, AL; Full-time enrollment: 2,970)
  • George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (about 22 miles; Hanceville, AL; FT enrollment: 4,486)
  • Jefferson State Community College (about 22 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 6,041)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (about 26 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 14,853)
  • Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus (about 28 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 2,695)
  • Virginia College-Birmingham (about 28 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 8,167)
  • Samford University (about 29 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 3,829)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Empire: Gravlee Junction (A), Empire Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Empire include: Mount Hope Church (A), Rices Chapel (B), New Canaan Church (C), Phillips Church (D), Union Grove Baptist Church (E), Empire Church (F), Owens Chapel Church (G), Little Vine Church (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: New Canaan Cemetery (1), Phillips Cemetery (2), Mauldin Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Little Creek Mine Lake (A), Lake Grey (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Pinhook Creek (A), No Business Creek (B), Mullen Branch (C), Sloan Creek (D), Little Creek (E), Leeth Creek (F), Jim Light Branch (G), Dorsey Creek (H), Clark Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Empire: Hollow Hills Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Birthplace of: Dan Bankhead - Baseball player.

Walker County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.6 people
Alabama:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

73.1%
Whole state:

67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

5.0%
Whole state:

4.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

16.4%
Whole state:

16.1%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

10.1%
Whole state:

7.3%

For population 15 years and over in Empire:

Marital status in Empire, AL
  • Never married: 16.0%
  • Now married: 63.8%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 13.2%

For population 25 years and over in Empire:

  • High school or higher: 57.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 5.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.5%
  • Unemployed: 6.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 41.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

15.7
Alabama average:

13.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Empire, AL (based on Walker County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant39,118180
Mainline Protestant2,55225
Black Protestant1,0878
Catholic5231
Other5203
None23,223-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 17
Here:

2.48 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Walker County:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Here:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 44
Walker County:

6.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 37
Here:

5.39 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.9%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Walker County:

32.4%
State:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Walker County:

16.5%
Alabama:

13.5%

4.22% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($36,184 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.22%
Alabama average:

5.95%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Jefferson County, AL  1.29% ($37,303 average AGI)
from Winston County, AL  0.34% ($33,514)
from Shelby County, AL  0.16% ($51,353)


4.45% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,543 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.45%
Alabama average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Jefferson County, AL  1.23% ($42,059 average AGI)
to Winston County, AL  0.41% ($40,779)
to Cullman County, AL  0.23% ($31,146)

Strongest AM radio stations in Empire:

  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WCOC (1010 AM; 5 kW; DORA, AL; Owner: AZTECA COMMUNICATIONS OF ALABAMA, INC.)
  • WAPI (1070 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WERC (960 AM; 5 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRJS (1320 AM; 5 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WLOR (1550 AM; 50 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WYDE (1260 AM; 5 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WMCJ (1460 AM; 5 kW; CULLMAN, AL)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WLPH (1480 AM; daytime; 5 kW; IRONDALE, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)

Strongest FM radio stations in Empire:

  • WYDE-FM (101.1 FM; CULLMAN, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WRAX (107.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDXB (102.5 FM; JASPER, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBHK (98.7 FM; WARRIOR, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBPT (106.9 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WZZK-FM (104.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WODL (97.3 FM; HOMEWOOD, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBHM (90.3 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BD OF TRUSTEES/U OF AL AT BIRMINGHAM)
  • WYSF (94.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQOP-FM (92.5 FM; DORA, AL; Owner: QUEEN OF PEACE RADIO, INC.)
  • WMJJ (96.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQEN (103.7 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFFN (95.3 FM; CORDOVA, AL; Owner: NEW CENTURY RADIO, INC.)
  • WZRR (99.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WDJC-FM (93.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WENN (105.9 FM; TRUSSVILLE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WBFR (89.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WGIB (91.9 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: GLEN IRIS BAPTIST SCHOOL)
  • W281AB (104.1 FM; MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Empire:

  • W23AK (Channel 23; JASPER, AL; Owner: WMTY, INC.)
  • WDBB (Channel 17; BESSEMER, AL; Owner: WDBB-TV, INC.)
  • WCFT-TV (Channel 33; TUSCALOOSA, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INCORPORATED)
  • WIAT (Channel 42; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBIQ (Channel 10; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: ALABAMA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION)
  • WTTO (Channel 21; HOMEWOOD, AL; Owner: WTTO LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WBRC (Channel 6; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: WBRC LICENSE, INC.)
  • WABM (Channel 68; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM (WABM-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • WVTM-TV (Channel 13; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM BROADCASTING (WVTM-TV), LLC)
  • W55BJ (Channel 55; JASPER, AL; Owner: COMBS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W66CN (Channel 66; JASPER, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WBXA-CA (Channel 2; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • W27CM (Channel 27; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: EQUITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W46DK (Channel 46; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WTJP (Channel 60; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WBMA-LP (Channel 58; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 30ft / 9.5mTotal length
  • $2,498,000Total costs
  • 1,436Total average daily traffic
  • 88Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,980Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 21. The highest number of fires - 55 took place in 2006, and the least - 1 in 2009. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Empire, AL When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (45.2%), and Structure Fires (32.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Empire, AL
    • 15145.2%Outside Fires
    • 10732.0%Structure Fires
    • 5616.8%Other
    • 206.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Empire, AL
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Empire, AL
  • 53.5%Electricity
  • 38.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.8%Utility gas
  • 1.9%Wood
  • 0.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Empire, AL
  • 56.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 19.0%Wood
  • 18.1%Electricity
  • 6.0%Utility gas


Empire compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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