County Statistics

These statics help represent what it’s like living & working in DeKalb County.

Living

These statics help represent what it’s like living in DeKalb County.

Number of Households

25,013

Median Property Value

$98,500

Average Property Taxes

$800

Cost of Living

DeKalb County is less expensive to live in than many other counties in Alabama, and is well under the national average. Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100.

Itemized Expense Average

  • Overall
  • Groceries
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Miscellaneous
At a Glance
Highest Paid Employment Fields, DeKalb County

Based on Cost of Living data as of December 2016.

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Property Values & Ownership

In 2015, the median property value in DeKalb County, AL grew to $98,500 from the previous year’s value of $95,300. The largest share of households have a property value in the $100k-$125k range.

The majority of all residences in DeKalb County are owner occupied.

Renting & Owning in DeKalb County

Median Property Values, 2015

Most Specialized Employment, DeKalb County

Rent vs. Own Shares

Based on United Census Bureau, taken from their 2015 ACS Surveys & Data USA.

Working

These statics help represent what it’s like working in DeKalb County.

Number of Employees

27,778

Median Household Income

$38,192

Employment Growth Rate

1.02%

Most Common Employment

The most common jobs employ 12,043 and are in Production, Administration, & Sales.

Common Share Breakdown

  • Production & Transportation 26.5% 26.5%
  • Management, Business, Science & Art 24% 24%
  • Sales & Office 21.3% 21.3%
  • Service 15.9% 15.9%
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance 12.3% 12.3%
Most Common Employment, DeKalb County
The most common jobs represent 43.35% of all employment. Percentages based on all 27,778 jobs.

By the Numbers

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Production & Transportation

6,137
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Administration

3,462
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Sales

2,444
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All Other Jobs

15,735
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Most Specialized Employment

The most specialized jobs employ 6,438 and are in Production, Resource Management, & Material Moving.

Common Share Breakdown

  • Production 17.3% 17.3%
  • Installation, Maintenance & Repair 4.9% 4.9%
  • Material Moving 4.4% 4.4%
  • Health Technicians 2.5% 2.5%
  • Farming, Fishing, & Forestry 1.5% 1.5%
Most Specialized Employment, DeKalb County
The most specialized jobs represent 23.18% of all employment. Percentages based on all 27,778 jobs.

By the Numbers

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Production

4,819
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Resource Management

409
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Material Moving

1,210
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All Other Jobs

21,340

Highest Paid Employment

The highest paid jobs held are in Legal; Health, and Architecture & Engineering.

Common Share Breakdown

  • Computer & Mathematical .8% .8%
  • Management 7.4% 7.4%
  • Architecture & Engineering 1% 1%
  • Health 2.5% 2.5%
  • Legal 0.5% 0.5%
Highest Paid Employment Fields, DeKalb County
The highest paying jobs represent 12.3% of all employment. Percentages based on all 27,778 jobs.

Employment by Industry

The following chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries.

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Manufacturing

27.6%

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Retail Trade

11.6%

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Construction

7.4%

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Accommodation & Food Service

5.7%

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Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

1%

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Healthcare & Social Assistance

10.3%

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Educational Services

6.9%

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Transportation & Warehousing

3.9%

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Utilities

1.3%

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Professional, Scientific & Tech Services

2.7%

Industry Chart
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Admin, Support, & Waste Management Services

2.4%

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Other Services

5.1%

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Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting

3.7%

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Public Admin

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Finance & Insurance

2.6%

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Information

1%

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Wholesale & Trade

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Natural Resource Extraction

0.1%

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Real Estate

0.4%

Income by Location

Based on the ACS’ 5-year estimate of DeKalb & Jackson Counties

Industry Chart

All data has been provided by the United Census Bureau, taken from their 2015 ACS Surveys.

Learning

These statics help represent what it’s like learning in DeKalb County.

H.S. Graduation Rate

95%

Number of K-12 Students

13,260

Employment Growth Rate

1.02%

Nationally Recognitionized Schools

Half of all DeKalb County High Schools are nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, while the graduation rate averages over 89%.
Most Common Employment, DeKalb County
Out of an evaluation of 22,000 schools, medals awarded based on state assessment performances and how well prepared students are for college.
Rankings & Graduation Rates
DeKalb County High School Rankings & Graduation Rates

Nationally Ranked High Schools

Community Responses

Sample data based on segments from Fort Payne High School show positive rating poll data from both students and teachers.

Student-Teacher Ratio

18:1

Expenses Per Student

$8,863

Graduation Rate

95%

2017 Best High School
for Athletes in Alabama

#11 of 275

2017 Most Diverse
Public High Schools in Alabama

#17 of 274

2017 Best Public
High Schools in Alabama

#27 of 359
Based on poll findings, students and parents both agree that students are…

Competitive

100%

Creative

70%

Athletic

90%
Based on poll findings, students and parents both agree that teachers are…

Engaging with Lessons

92%

Genuinely Caring

85%

Classroom Managers

85%
Ratings & Poll Data gathered from Niche, Inc. about Fort Payne High School.

Highly Qualified Teachers

The majority of teachers in DeKalb County are highly qualified in their profession.
Teachers are qualified in their subjects by obtaining appropriate degrees and increasing their knowledge & understanding through:

  1. Certification & Licensure
  2. Professional Development
  3. Leadership Training
  4. Mentoring
  5. Content Mastery
Percentage of Qualified Teachers in DeKalb County
Teacher Qualification
Share Breakdown
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Six-Year (Class AA)- Doctorate

9.2%
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Master's Degree (Class A)

59.5%
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Bachelor's Degree (Class B)

30.6%
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