County population in 2012: 71,080 (10% urban, 90% rural); it was 64,452 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 10,338 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 9,846 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 19,771 Renter-occupied apartments: 6,658 (it was 5,342 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 778 sq. mi. Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 92 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in DeKalb County: 83.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $206 (0.3%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $177 (0.2%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 23.0%
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 23.0%
Median age of residents in 2010: 37 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in DeKalb County is $345 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $435 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $579 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in DeKalb County: B and B Farms (A), Walnut Creek Farms (B), Sand Mountain Agricultural Experment Station (C), Lookout Mountain Camp (D), Thunder Canyon Camp (E), Comer Scout Reservation (F), Collinsville Industrial Park (G), Camp Laureldell (H), Camp Alpine (I), Alpine Camp for Boys (J), Wilkes Store (K), Whiteoak Gap (L), Viewpoint (M), Swindell Gap (N), Four Roads (O), Double Bridges (P), Canyon Park (Q), Camp Elizabeth Lupton (R), Cloudmont Resort (S), Brown Fell Community Center (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in DeKalb County include: Piney Grove Church (A), Pine Grove Church (B), Pilgrim Rest Church (C), Nazareth Church (D), Mountain Home Church (E), Mount Moriah Church (F), Little River Church (G), Welcome Hill Church (H), Watchman Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Lipscomb Cemetery (1), Evergreen Cemetery (2), Bean Cemetery (3), Hartline Cemetery (4), Harbour Cemetery (5), Hall Cemetery (6), Gilbreath Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Dry Pond (A), DeKalb County Public Lake (B), Howard Lake (C), Mountain View Lake (D), Republic Lake (E), Lake Lahusage (F), Prestwood Lake (G), Lake Bonnie (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Fuller Creek (A), Bullard Branch (B), East Fork Little River (C), Upton Branch (D), Kirby Creek (E), Wooden Branch (F), Allen Branch (G), Anna Branch (H), Armstrong Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 109 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $123,254 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $150.09 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.09% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 96.16% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $89,896 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 28.92% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.52% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $38,531 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.28% Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 27.65 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.85% Corn for grain: 13305 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 2444 harvested acres Upland cotton: 1080 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 14608 harvested acres Vegetables: 767 harvested acres Land in orchards: 21 acres
DeKalb County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Alabama state average. It is 4.9 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 127 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 5/8/1973, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed 2 people and injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
DeKalb County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 78% 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 10.0 miles away from the county 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 31.8 miles away from the county center On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 69.8 miles away from the county center On 3/21/2001 at 23:35:35, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 1.9 mi) earthquake occurred 34.3 miles away from DeKalb County center On 4/5/1994 at 22:21:59, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 38.8 miles away from the county center On 1/15/1993 at 02:02:51, a magnitude 3.2 (3.1 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 1.1 mi) earthquake occurred 63.3 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)
Most recent natural disasters:
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: April 27, 2011, Emergency Declared (EM-3319): April 27, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3319, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Wind
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1971): April 28, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1971, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 24, 2010 to April 25, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1908): May 3, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1908, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Alabama Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: April 10, 2009 to April 13, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1836): May 8, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1836, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Alabama Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: March 25, 2009 to April 3, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1835): April 28, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1835, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Alabama Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 29, 2008 to September 3, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3292): August 30, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3292, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Alabama Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3237): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3237, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Alabama Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 13, 2004 to September 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1549): September 15, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1549, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Alabama Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 5, 2003 to May 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1466): May 12, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1466, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Alabama Severe Storms and Tornadoes, Incident Period: November 5, 2002 to November 12, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1442): November 14, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1442, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
15 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in DeKalb County (25) is a lot greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 19 Emergencies Declared: 5
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 15, Floods: 14, Tornadoes: 11, Winds: 6, Hurricanes: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Freeze: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.7 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.5
Births per 1000 population in DeKalb County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population in DeKalb County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.4 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in DeKalb County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 10,762 (8,411 aged, 2,351 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 93.0. This is less than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 64.9
Other - 28.1
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 61,743 (14,022 male householders, 5,339 female householders)
15,043 spouses, 21,073 children (18,959 natural, 574 adopted, 1,540 stepchildren), 1,932 grandchildren, 691 brothers or sisters, 522 parents, 1,201 other relatives, 1,445 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 8,584 (3,502 male householders (2,963 living alone)), 3,979 female householders (3,653 living alone)), 1,103 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 782 (630 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 8,319 2-persons, 4,405 3-persons, 3,659 4-persons, 1,765 5-persons, 660 6-persons, 553 7-or-more-persons.
93.4% of residents of DeKalb County speak English at home.
5.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (28% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 33% speak English not well, 17% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (80% speak English very well, 20% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (81% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 15% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $332,565,000 ($4968 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $7,888,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $157,147,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $76,802,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,101,000 Federal grants: $80,780,000 Federal procurement contracts: $5,005,000 ($149,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $10,730,000 ($1,079,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $1,787,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $18,774,000 Federal Government insurance: $12,491,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
73 per 1000 residents
70 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +958
+14 per 1000 residents
+6 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +586
+9 per 1000 residents
+2 per 1000 residents
Population growth in DeKalb County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 16.65 millions of gallons per day (6% from ground, 94% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 424
2000 to 2004: 1,215
1990 to 1999: 5,384
1980 to 1989: 5,602
1970 to 1979: 6,628
1960 to 1969: 3,335
1950 to 1959: 2,401
1940 to 1949: 1,769
1939 or earlier: 2,497
Rooms in houses/apartments in DeKalb County, Alabama
61% of DeKalb County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 60% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Alabama.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 46642
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $46,800
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in DeKalb County