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Population in 2012: 560 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +10.0%
 

Males: 242  (43.4%)
Females: 318  (56.6%)

Median resident age:  40.0 years
Alabama median age:  43.1 years

Zip codes: 35983.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $49,668 (it was $35,179 in 2000)
Sand Rock:

$49,668
AL:

$41,574
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,952

Sand Rock town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $90,360 (it was $62,100 in 2000)
Sand Rock:

$90,360
AL:

$123,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $134,833; Detached houses: $147,841; Mobile homes: $52,826

Median gross rent in 2012: $763.

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  • White alone - 536 (95.7%)
  • Hispanic - 16 (2.9%)
  • American Indian alone - 4 (0.7%)
  • Two or more races - 4 (0.7%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sand Rock: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Recent posts about Sand Rock, Alabama on our local forum with over 1,500,000 registered users. Sand Rock is mentioned 11 times on our forum:
Just Relocated from Florida to Sand Rock  (8 replies)
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Ancestries: United States (22.2%), Irish (14.6%), English (6.8%), German (3.0%), Dutch (2.4%), Scottish (1.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 921 feet

Land area: 4.53 square miles.

Population density: 124 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Sand Rock:

  • High school or higher: 80.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.3%
  • Unemployed: 6.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Sand Rock town:

  • Never married: 19.5%
  • Now married: 66.1%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 3.1%
  • Divorced: 8.5%

6 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.2%
Alabama:  2.9%



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Sand Rock, Alabama as of October 23, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Sand Rock to the number of sex offenders is 280 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $536 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $400 (0.5%)

Sand Rock satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Huntsville, AL (57.6 miles , pop. 158,216).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Birmingham, AL (77.3 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (536.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Leesburg, AL (1.9 miles ), Collinsville, AL (2.4 miles ), Centre, AL (2.7 miles ), Cedar Bluff, AL (3.2 miles ), Lookout Mountain, AL (3.4 miles) , Ballplay, AL (3.5 miles ), Coats Bend, AL (3.5 miles ), Gaylesville, AL (3.5 miles) .

Latitude: 34.23 N, Longitude: 85.77 W

Area code: 256

Sand Rock household income distribution Sand Rock home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.7%
Alabama:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +20 (+4.1%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (30%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (16%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Information (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (10%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (11%)
  • Registered nurses (8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Business operations specialists (6%)
  • Secondary school teachers (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)

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Tornado activity:

Sand Rock-area historical tornado activity is above Alabama state average. It is 245% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/19/1973, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.5 miles away from the Sand Rock town center injured 19 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/27/1994, a category F4 tornado 24.9 miles away from the town center killed 22 people and injured 150 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sand Rock-area historical earthquake activity is near Alabama state average. It is 84% 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 19.8 miles away from the city center
On 12/8/2001 at 01:08:21, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 44.0 miles away from Sand Rock center
On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 79.0 miles away from the city center
On 8/19/2004 at 23:51:49, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 MW, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 99.1 miles away from the city center
On 3/21/2001 at 23:35:35, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 1.9 mi) earthquake occurred 47.1 miles away from Sand Rock center
On 4/5/1994 at 22:21:59, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 52.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Tornadoes: 7, Storms: 7, Floods: 4, Hurricanes: 4, Winds: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snowfall: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Sand Rock:

  • COLLINSVILLE HEALTHCARE AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; COLLINSVILLE, AL)
  • CHEROKEE HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; CENTRE, AL)
  • CHEROKEE COUNTY HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; CENTRE, AL)

Political contributions by individuals in Sand Rock, AL

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sand Rock:

  • Gadsden State Community College (about 21 miles; Gadsden, AL; Full-time enrollment: 4,222)
  • Jacksonville State University (about 29 miles; Jacksonville, AL; FT enrollment: 6,251)
  • Georgia Highlands College (about 33 miles; Rome, GA; FT enrollment: 3,194)
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (about 35 miles; Rome, GA; FT enrollment: 3,053)
  • West Georgia Technical College (about 51 miles; Waco, GA; FT enrollment: 2,833)
  • Dalton State College (about 59 miles; Dalton, GA; FT enrollment: 3,413)
  • George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (about 59 miles; Hanceville, AL; FT enrollment: 3,575)

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Notable location: Sand Rock Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 32.6. This is about average.
City:

32.6
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2006 was 23.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 15.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

23.7
U.S.:

24.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.97. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.9 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.97
U.S.:

9.59


Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 4.3%
(4.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.6 people
Alabama:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  79.8%
Whole state:  67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  1.9%
Whole state:  4.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Sand Rock, AL

Sand Rock compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly 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 college students below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Sand Rock travel time to work - commute


Sand Rock mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (45%)
  • Utility gas (27%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (22%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Sand Rock town (based on Cherokee County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.58%
Here52.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Other
Adherents79.1%16.1%1.7%1.6%1.5%
Congregations61.3%27.5%5.0%2.5%3.8%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Cherokee County:

1.63 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

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

0.41 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Cherokee County:

5.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

13.3%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Cherokee County:

30.7%
Alabama:

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

14.3%
State:

13.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
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 7$773
Totals for Government 0$0 7$773

Sand Rock government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $26,000 ($46.43)
    Regular Highways: $9,000 ($16.07)
    Parks & Recreation: $8,000 ($14.29)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($1.79)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($1.79)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Police Protection: $11,000 ($19.64)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,000 ($3.57)

Sand Rock government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $2,000 ($3.57)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $18,000 ($32.14)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $18,000 ($32.14)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $6,000 ($10.71)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($1.79)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $37,000 ($66.07)
    General Support: $3,000 ($5.36)
  • Tax - Property: $26,000 ($46.43)
    Public Utilities: $17,000 ($30.36)
    NEC: $7,000 ($12.50)
    Motor Vehicle License: $3,000 ($5.36)
    Total General Sales: $1,000 ($1.79)

Sand Rock government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $14,000 ($25.00)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $9,000 ($16.07)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $5,000 ($8.93)

Sand Rock government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $59,000 ($105.36)

6.67% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,456 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.67%
Alabama average:

6.81%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from DeKalb County, AL  0.86% ($28,594 average AGI)
from Floyd County, GA  0.74% ($34,695)
from Etowah County, AL  0.66% ($30,660)


5.57% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,802 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.57%
Alabama average:

6.16%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Etowah County, AL  0.92% ($31,918 average AGI)
to DeKalb County, AL  0.81% ($22,688)
to Calhoun County, AL  0.60% ($26,511)

Strongest AM radio stations in Sand Rock:

  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WQRX (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; VALLEY HEAD, AL; Owner: BARINOWSKI INVESTMENT COMPANY)
  • WZOB (1250 AM; 5 kW; FORT PAYNE, AL; Owner: CENTRAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WEIS (990 AM; 1 kW; CENTRE, AL; Owner: BAKER ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WAAX (570 AM; 5 kW; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFLI (1070 AM; 50 kW; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: WFLI, INC.)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WFTD (1080 AM; daytime; 50 kW; MARIETTA, GA; Owner: PRIETO ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WJBY (930 AM; 5 kW; RAINBOW CITY, AL; Owner: GADSDEN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sand Rock:

  • WRHY (105.9 FM; CENTRE, AL; Owner: WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WQSB (105.1 FM; ALBERTVILLE, AL; Owner: SAND MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WTBB (89.9 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • WLJS-FM (91.9 FM; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: BD. OF TRUSTEES/JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WGMZ (93.1 FM; GLENCOE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSGN (91.5 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: GADSDEN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WJCK (88.3 FM; PIEDMONT, AL; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WTBJ (91.3 FM; OXFORD, AL; Owner: TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • W215BA (90.9 FM; ROME, GA; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WKCX (97.7 FM; ROME, GA; Owner: BRIAR CREEK BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKEA-FM (98.3 FM; SCOTTSBORO, AL; Owner: KEA RADIO, INC.)
  • WBDX (102.7 FM; TRENTON, GA; Owner: PARTNERS FOR CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WQTU (102.3 FM; ROME, GA; Owner: MCDOUGALD BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WVOK-FM (97.9 FM; OXFORD, AL; Owner: WOODARD BROADCASTING CO. INC.)
  • W212AR (90.3 FM; LINDALE, GA; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WKXX (102.9 FM; ATTALLA, AL; Owner: BROADCAST MEDIA LLC)
  • WATG (95.7 FM; TRION, GA; Owner: TTA BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WTWX-FM (95.9 FM; GUNTERSVILLE, AL; Owner: GUNTERSVILLE BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Sand Rock:

  • WPXH (Channel 44; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • W64BJ (Channel 64; SCOTTSBORO, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)

Sand Rock fatal accident list:

Jun 2, 2003 02:35 PM, Sr-68, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 2



FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1
  • (Lat: 34.207028 Lon: -85.763833), Call Sign: KIM913
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.750 MHz
    Expiration Date: 07/01/1998, Cancellation Date: 07/02/1998
    Registrant: Tds Telecom, 301 S Westfield Road, Madison, WI 53717, Phone: (608) 845-4091

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KI4GCP, Licensee ID: L00882349
    Grant Date: 06/23/2004, Expiration Date: 06/23/2014, Certifier: Beverly J Daniel
    Registrant: Beverly J Daniel, 4285 Valley St, Sand Rock, AL 35983


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 4


Sand Rock on our top lists:

  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Sales and office occupations:"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Florists"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Apparel"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Fuel dealers"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Social scientists and related workers"
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