Highland Lake, Alabama

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Population in 2014: 423 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +3.7%
 
Males: 196  (46.5%)
Females: 227  (53.5%)
Median resident age:  60.4 years
Alabama median age:  39.0 years

Zip codes: 35121.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $52,320 (it was $43,229 in 2000)
Highland Lake:

$52,320
AL:

$46,257

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $42,398 (it was $25,829 in 2000)

Highland Lake town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $226,081 (it was $106,300 in 2000)
Highland Lake:

$226,081
AL:

$136,200

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $269,367; Detached houses: $269,369

Median gross rent in 2016: $783.

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  • Races in Highland Lake, AL (2010)

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    • 40498.1%White alone
    • 41.0%American Indian alone
    • 30.7%Hispanic
    • 10.2%Asian alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Highland Lake: 84.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (25.7%), Irish (16.4%), English (15.7%), Scotch-Irish (4.5%), German (4.1%), Italian (3.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 913 feet

Land area: 1.63 square miles.

Population density: 260 people per square mile   (very low).

Highland Lake,AL real estate house value index trend

Highland Lake, Alabama map

For population 25 years and over in Highland Lake:

  • High school or higher: 91.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 36.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 15.9%
  • Unemployed: 2.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Highland Lake town:

  • Never married: 10.9%
  • Now married: 66.9%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 9.3%
  • Divorced: 11.4%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.5%
Alabama:

3.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $963 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $763 (0.3%)

Highland Lake satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Birmingham, AL (33.5 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (554.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Oneonta, AL (2.3 miles ), Allgood, AL (2.4 miles ), Springville, AL (2.9 miles ), Rosa, AL (3.0 miles ), Ashville, AL (3.1 miles ), Cleveland, AL (3.4 miles ), Altoona, AL (3.4 miles ), Locust Fork, AL (3.5 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $145,900
  • 2003: 8 buildings, average cost: $129,900
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $130,600
  • 2005: 6 buildings, average cost: $237,500
  • 2006: 3 buildings, average cost: $157,000
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $157,000
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $170,500
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $176,400
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $173,500
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $197,800
  • 2014: 1 building, cost: $215,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 33.88 N, Longitude: 86.42 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 205

Highland Lake household income distribution Highland Lake home values distribution

Crime rates in Highland Lake (2008):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 1 burglary (199.2 per 100,000)
  • 1 larceny count (199.2 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 21.9 (higher means more crime, US average = 297.2)

Crime rates in Highland Lake (2010):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 burglaries (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 2 thefts (383.1 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 15.3 (higher means more crime, US average = 266.4)

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
Alabama:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +103 (+33.8%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (12%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Educational services (24%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Sales and related occupations (21%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Legal occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Highland Lake: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Highland Lake, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Highland Lake-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 166% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/24/2001, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 2.5 miles away from the Highland Lake town center injured 22 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 4/4/1977, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 25.3 miles away from the town center killed 22 people and injured 130 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Highland Lake-area historical earthquake activity is near Alabama state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 62.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 58.3 miles away from Highland Lake center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 82.3 miles away from the city 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 197.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 122.2 miles away from Highland Lake center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 225.9 miles away from the city 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 Blount County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Tornadoes: 9, Floods: 8, Winds: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Drought: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Highland Lake topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Highland Lake:

  • GOLDEN LIVING CENTER - ONEONTA (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; ONEONTA, AL)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH OF BLOUNTSVILLE (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; ONEONTA, AL)
  • CARE FIRST HOME HEALTH OF BLOUNT COUNTY (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; ONEONTA, AL)
  • TLC NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; ONEONTA, AL)
  • ALTOONA HEALTH AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; ALTOONA, AL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Highland Lake:

  • Jefferson State Community College (about 23 miles; Birmingham, AL; Full-time enrollment: 6,041)
  • George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (about 25 miles; Hanceville, AL; FT enrollment: 4,486)
  • Gadsden State Community College (about 26 miles; Gadsden, AL; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • Snead State Community College (about 27 miles; Boaz, AL; FT enrollment: 2,023)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (about 35 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 14,853)
  • Samford University (about 36 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 3,829)
  • Virginia College-Birmingham (about 37 miles; Birmingham, AL; FT enrollment: 8,167)

Public high school in Highland Lake:

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Notable location: Sugarland Lake Resort (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoir: Highland Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Sand Creek (A), Brasher Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Blount County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 46.6. This is significantly better than average.

City:

46.6
U.S.:

74.7

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 10.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.3
U.S.:

9.4
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 9.9%
(10.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.4 people
Alabama:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  78.0%
Whole state:  67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  1.7%
Whole state:  4.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Alabama average:

12.0

Highland Lake travel time to work - commute Highland Lake mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Highland Lake town (based on Blount County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant29,223122
Catholic4,7441
Mainline Protestant3,03529
Other2922
Black Protestant582
None19,970-
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: 6
Blount County:

1.06 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Blount County:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Blount County:

5.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 14
Here:

2.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

10.5%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Blount County:

31.5%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

19.9%
State:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

57.4%
Alabama:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

56.3%
Alabama:

44.8%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.0
State:

29.0

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

15.0%
State:

21.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

4.3%
Alabama:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Highland Lake:

6.9
Alabama:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

30.6%
Alabama:

34.4%

General health condition:
Highland Lake:

64.7%
Alabama:

54.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

78.7%
Alabama:

79.1%

More about Health and Nutrition of Highland Lake, AL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$1,280
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 3$2,277
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$2,042
Totals for Government 0$0 6$5,599

5.86% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,013 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
Alabama average:

6.02%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Jefferson County, AL  2.50% ($35,993 average AGI)
from Cullman County, AL  0.44% ($30,235)
from Marshall County, AL  0.43% ($26,139)


5.77% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,306 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.77%
Alabama average:

6.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Jefferson County, AL  1.87% ($32,947 average AGI)
to Cullman County, AL  0.58% ($32,443)
to Marshall County, AL  0.56% ($24,127)

Strongest AM radio stations in Highland Lake:

  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WCRL (1570 AM; 3 kW; ONEONTA, AL; Owner: BLOUNT COUNTY BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAPI (1070 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WAAX (570 AM; 5 kW; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WJBY (930 AM; 5 kW; RAINBOW CITY, AL; Owner: GADSDEN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WGAD (1350 AM; 5 kW; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: DEKALB COUNTY COMMUNITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WLOR (1550 AM; 50 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WFHK (1430 AM; 5 kW; PELL CITY, AL; Owner: STOCKS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Highland Lake:

  • WKLD (97.7 FM; ONEONTA, AL; Owner: BLOUNT COUNTY BROADCASTING SERVICE INC.)
  • WRAX (107.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKXX (102.9 FM; ATTALLA, AL; Owner: BROADCAST MEDIA LLC)
  • WYDE-FM (101.1 FM; CULLMAN, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WTBJ (91.3 FM; OXFORD, AL; Owner: TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • WBPT (106.9 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBHK (98.7 FM; WARRIOR, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WQSB (105.1 FM; ALBERTVILLE, AL; Owner: SAND MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WZZK-FM (104.7 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBHM (90.3 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BD OF TRUSTEES/U OF AL AT BIRMINGHAM)
  • WODL (97.3 FM; HOMEWOOD, AL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WYSF (94.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WVOK-FM (97.9 FM; OXFORD, AL; Owner: WOODARD BROADCASTING CO. INC.)
  • WGIB (91.9 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: GLEN IRIS BAPTIST SCHOOL)
  • WDXB (102.5 FM; JASPER, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMJJ (96.5 FM; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRHY (105.9 FM; CENTRE, AL; Owner: WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WENN (105.9 FM; TRUSSVILLE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQEN (103.7 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTDR (92.7 FM; TALLADEGA, AL; Owner: JACOBS BROADCAST GROUP, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Highland Lake:

  • WTJP (Channel 60; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WPXH (Channel 44; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WJSU-TV (Channel 40; ANNISTON, AL; Owner: TV ALABAMA, INC.)
  • WIAT (Channel 42; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBIQ (Channel 10; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: ALABAMA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION)
  • WBRC (Channel 6; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: WBRC LICENSE, INC.)
  • WTTO (Channel 21; HOMEWOOD, AL; Owner: WTTO LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WVTM-TV (Channel 13; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM BROADCASTING (WVTM-TV), LLC)
  • WABM (Channel 68; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: BIRMINGHAM (WABM-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • W15AP (Channel 15; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: WBRC LICENSE, INC.)
  • W50BO (Channel 50; ASHVILLE, AL; Owner: BOWLIN AND JOHNSON)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 2m7ftTotal length
  • $1,143,000Total costs
  • 780Total average daily traffic
  • 10Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,105Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$44,4403$151,6771$24,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$165,1300$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$179,3800$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0501.01

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2007
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$131,780
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0501.01

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (81%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14%)
  • Wood (3%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

Highland Lake compared to Alabama state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.
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