Smiths-Salem, Alabama

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Population in July 2007: 29,351.
Males: 14,581  (49.7%)
Females: 14,770  (50.3%)
Median resident age:  32.7 years
Alabama median age:  35.8 years

Zip code: 36877

Estimated median household income in 2016: $70,258 (it was $45,252 in 2000)
Smiths-Salem:

$70,258
AL:

$46,257

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $27,411 (it was $18,752 in 2000)

Smiths-Salem CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $170,280 (it was $89,100 in 2000)
Smiths-Salem:

$170,280
AL:

$136,200

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $192,954; Detached houses: $227,501; Townhouses or other attached units: $166,660; In 2-unit structures: $806,604; In 3-to-4-unit structures: over $1,000,000; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $140,705; Mobile homes: $57,740
  • Races in Smiths-Salem, AL (2000)

    Smiths-Salem races chart
    • 21,78284.0%White alone
    • 3,17412.2%Black alone
    • 5102.0%Hispanic
    • 2170.8%Two or more races
    • 1160.4%Asian alone
    • 800.3%American Indian alone
    • 410.2%Other race alone
    • 20.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Smiths-Salem detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Smiths-Salem: 88.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 132.1 square miles.

Population density: 222 people per square mile   (very low).

For population 25 years and over in Smiths-Salem:

  • High school or higher: 80.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
  • Unemployed: 3.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Smiths-Salem CCD:

  • Never married: 18.6%
  • Now married: 66.5%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 4.9%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Smiths-Salem CCD:  0.5% ($469)
Alabama:  0.4% ($289)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Columbus, GA (11.3 miles , pop. 185,781).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Montgomery, AL (69.5 miles , pop. 201,568).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (637.6 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Smiths Station, AL (1.3 miles ), Smiths, AL (1.4 miles ), Ladonia, AL (2.6 miles ), Bibb City, GA (2.9 miles ), Phenix City, AL (2.9 miles ), Beulah, AL (3.2 miles ), Crawford, AL (3.3 miles ), Columbus, GA (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 32.56 N, Longitude: 85.11 W

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Alabama:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Finance and insurance (16%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (10%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (3%)

Work and jobs in Smiths-Salem: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Smiths-Salem, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Smiths-Salem-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Alabama state average. It is 39% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/31/1961, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 10.4 miles away from the Smiths-Salem place center injured 7 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 4/18/1953, a category F3 tornado 12.6 miles away from the place center killed 8 people and injured 495 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Smiths-Salem-area historical earthquake activity is near Alabama state average. It is 83% 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 136.8 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 137.2 miles away from Smiths-Salem 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 161.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 176.8 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 177.0 miles away from Smiths-Salem 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 164.4 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 Lee County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 7, Floods: 6, Hurricanes: 5, Winds: 3, Drought: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Smiths-Salem:

  • PHENIX CITY HEALTH CARE, INC (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; PHENIX CITY, AL)
  • RUSSELL COUNTY HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; PHENIX CITY, AL)
  • WIREGRASS HOSPICE, PHENIX CITY (Hospital, about 8 miles away; PHENIX CITY, AL)
  • PARKWOOD HEALTH CARE FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PHENIX CITY, AL)
  • CARESOUTH HOMECARE PROFESSIONALS (Home Health Center, about 8 miles away; COLUMBUS, GA)
  • PHENIX CITY DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; PHENIX CITY, AL)
  • VISTACARE OF ALABAMA (Hospital, about 8 miles away; PHENIX CITY, AL)

Amtrak station near Smiths-Salem:

  • 11 miles: COLUMBUS (818 VETERANS PKY.) - Bus Station . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Smiths-Salem:

  • Columbus Technical College (about 9 miles; Columbus, GA; Full-time enrollment: 3,241)
  • Columbus State University (about 11 miles; Columbus, GA; FT enrollment: 6,876)
  • Auburn University (about 23 miles; Auburn University, AL; FT enrollment: 22,741)
  • Tuskegee University (about 37 miles; Tuskegee, AL; FT enrollment: 2,810)
  • Southern Union State Community College (about 48 miles; Wadley, AL; FT enrollment: 4,120)
  • Georgia Southwestern State University (about 63 miles; Americus, GA; FT enrollment: 2,689)
  • Auburn University at Montgomery (about 64 miles; Montgomery, AL; FT enrollment: 4,092)

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Notable locations in Smiths-Salem: Blands Landing (A), Walts Landing (B), Strouds Cross Road (C), Sandy Point Landing (D), Lee County International Raceway (E), Friendship Firefighters Association Station 2 (F), Lee Chambers Fire Department Station 3 (G), Friendship Firefighters Association Station 1 (H), Salem Volunteer Fire Department (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Smiths-Salem include: Mount Zion Church (A), Philadelphia Baptist Church (B), Summerville Assembly of God Church (C), Pleasant View Church (D), Jesus Christ Church (E), Jerusalem Church (F), Saint Marks Church (G), Church of Christ (H), Bethel Mission (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Flint Hill Cemetery (1), Concord Cemetery (2), Rocky Mount Cemetery (3), Mount Zion Cemetery (4), Philadelphia Cemetery (5), Mechanicsville Cemetery (6), County Line Baptist Church Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Wrights Lakes (A), Bartletts Ferry Lake (B), Lake Thel (C), Bonita Farms Lake (D), Smiths Lake (E), Powell Lake (F), Lake Clarmar (G), Webbs Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Soap Creek (A), Rock Creek (B), Peters Creek (C), Mill Creek (D), Wacoochee Creek (E), Whites Creek (F), Dunken Creek (G), Turkey Creek (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Smiths-Salem: Goat Rock Recreation Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lee 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 63.7. This is about average.

City:

63.7
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 1.11. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.11
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 29.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 15.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.5
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.87. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.87
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.00438. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00438
U.S.:

0.01376
Average household size:
This place:  2.8 people
Alabama:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  69.9%
Whole state:  70.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  4.1%
Whole state:  3.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

8.2%
Whole state:

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

3.7%
Whole state:

7.3%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.7
Alabama average:

13.2

Smiths-Salem travel time to work - commute Smiths-Salem mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Smiths-Salem CCD (based on Lee County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant30,09093
Mainline Protestant15,25030
Black Protestant7,36841
Catholic2,8722
Other1,4169
Orthodox--
None83,251-
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: 14
Lee County:

1.07 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Lee County:

0.54 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 69
Lee County:

5.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 92
Here:

7.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.4%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Lee County:

30.2%
Alabama:

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

9.2%
State:

13.5%

9.82% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,799 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.82%
Alabama average:

6.02%

0.10% of residents moved from foreign countries ($414 average AGI)
Lee County:

0.10%
Alabama average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Muscogee County, GA  0.98% ($36,998 average AGI)
from Russell County, AL  0.97% ($29,630)
from Tallapoosa County, AL  0.58% ($26,760)


8.54% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,672 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.54%
Alabama average:

6.06%

0.11% of residents moved to foreign countries ($384 average AGI)
Lee County:

0.11%
Alabama average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Russell County, AL  0.88% ($28,654 average AGI)
to Muscogee County, GA  0.76% ($32,191)
to Chambers County, AL  0.43% ($32,711)

Strongest AM radio stations in Smiths-Salem:

  • WRCG (1420 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: ABG GEORGIA, LLC)
  • WDAK (540 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMLF (1270 AM; 5 kW; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WEAM (1580 AM; 2 kW; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: DAVIS BROADCASTING, INC. OF COLUMBUS)
  • WHAL (1460 AM; 4 kW; PHENIX CITY/COLUMBUS, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTLM (1520 AM; daytime; 5 kW; OPELIKA, AL; Owner: QANTUM OF AUBURN LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WGSE (720 AM; daytime; 8 kW; HOGANSVILLE, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WMAC (940 AM; 50 kW; MACON, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WOKS (1340 AM; 1 kW; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: DAVIS BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Smiths-Salem:

  • WCGQ (107.3 FM; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: ABG GEORGIA, LLC)
  • WGSY (100.1 FM; PHENIX CITY, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMXA (96.7 FM; OPELIKA, AL; Owner: QANTUM OF AUBURN LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WYFK (89.5 FM; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBFA (101.3 FM; SMITHS, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFXE (104.9 FM; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: DAVIS BROADCASTING)
  • WSTH-FM (106.1 FM; ALEXANDER CITY, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WVFJ-FM (93.3 FM; MANCHESTER, GA; Owner: PROVIDENT BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFRC (90.5 FM; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WRLD-FM (95.3 FM; VALLEY, AL; Owner: ABG GEORGIA, LLC)
  • WJSP-FM (88.1 FM; WARM SPRINGS, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WAGH (98.3 FM; FORT MITCHELL, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKZJ (95.7 FM; GREENVILLE, GA; Owner: DAVIS B/CASTING OF COLUMBUS, INC)
  • WKKR (97.7 FM; AUBURN, AL; Owner: QANTUM OF AUBURN LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WKCN (99.3 FM; LUMPKIN, GA; Owner: ABG GEORGIA, LLC)
  • W212AP (90.3 FM; NOTASULGA, ETC., AL; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • WEAM-FM (100.7 FM; BUENA VISTA, GA; Owner: DAVIS BROADCASTING INC., OF COLUMBUS)
  • WCJM-FM (100.9 FM; WEST POINT, GA; Owner: QANTUM OF AUBURN LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • W293AD (106.5 FM; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Smiths-Salem:

  • WSWS-TV (Channel 66; OPELIKA, AL; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF OPELIKA)
  • WCGT-LP (Channel 16; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: COLUMBUS TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WLTZ (Channel 38; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: LEWIS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WXTX (Channel 54; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: FISHER BROADCASTING - GEORGIA, L.L.C.)
  • WTVM (Channel 9; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • W55CR (Channel 55; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WRBL (Channel 3; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W06BH (Channel 6; PHENIX CITY, ETC., AL; Owner: GREENE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WJSP-TV (Channel 28; COLUMBUS, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • W18CD (Channel 18; OPELIKA, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 33Number of bridges
  • 53m174ftTotal length
  • $24,546,000Total costs
  • 73,818Total average daily traffic
  • 9,014Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 21920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 81950-1959
  • 71960-1969
  • 51970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 42000-2009
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Smiths-Salem, AL

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (69%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18%)
  • Utility gas (12%)
  • Wood (1%)

Smiths-Salem compared to Alabama state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly 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.

Smiths-Salem on our top lists:

  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Textile mills and textile products (population 5,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Vending machine operators (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Textile mills and textile products (population 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #42 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Communications equipment operators (population 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (population 5,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Motor vehicle and parts dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Finance and insurance (population 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Recyclable material merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Data processing, libraries, and other information services (population 5,000+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Rail and water transportation workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (population 5,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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