Alabama Population 2016
The last official census in the US was carried out in 2010 and the population of Alabama at the time was recorded as 4,779,736, making it the 23rd most populous state in the country. Like most states in the US, the population has continued to grow in each ten year period between censuses, and an estimate for the Alabama population in 2016 puts the figure over the 4.8 million mark.
According to US Census projections for Alabama in 2016, the population is estimated to be around 4,858,979. Alabama's population growth is at 0.44% a year, which ranks it as the 36th fastest growing state.
Alabama's population has grown considerably but rather than this being a steady growth, the increase in citizens has been quite variable in recent years. For example, between 1970 and 1980 the population grew by an impressive 13.1% but in the ten years that followed, a mere 3.8% rise was recorded.
However, in the years between 1990 and 2000, that percentage increase was on the move once again, and at the start of the new millennium, Alabama’s numbers had grown by 10.1% to 4,447,100.
Alabama Population History
Like other states across the US, the population of Alabama exploded at the start of the 19th century. Recorded figures from 1800 show the number of residents at just 1,250 but by 1810, that had grown by no less than 623.7% to 9,046.
Further substantial population growth was recorded throughout the 1800s, and although the larger increases had settled down by the start of the next century, growth has continued to be recorded at every following census.
Alabama Population Density
As far as population density is concerned, Alabama has a total surface area of 52,419 square miles, (135,765 square kilometers) and it is the 30th largest state in the country by area.
Based on current population estimates, there are 94.4 people per square mile (36 per square kilometer) and this means that Alabama is the 27th most densely populated state in the US – roughly average when you compare population of US states across the country.
According to US Census Bureau estimates, out of the total population, 69.5% declared themselves to be White while 26.8% were Black or African American. Out of the remaining population of Alabama, 0.7% were Native American while other minorities include Asian, Alaskan and Hawaiian, amongst others.
With regards to Alabama’s natural growth, the state recorded 502,457 births minus 381,403 deaths and an increase in net migration of 104,991 in the years between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses.
Overall, like most of the US, Alabama’s growth has been on a reliable upward trend, but it’s also been a little unremarkable. Further growth at its current rate will bring the population of the state to approximately 5.1 million in 2020.
Source: Spyder Monkey
- The State Constitution of Alabama is one of the longest in the US, containing over 700 amendments.
- Magnolia Springs, Alabama, has mail delivered by boat and the only all-water mail route in the country.
- Alabama is the largest supplier of steel pipe and cast-iron products, and the state has all natural resources needed to make these products.
- Alabama was the 4th state to secede from the Union on January 11, 1861.
- The Unclaimed Baggage Center of Scottsboro is where all unclaimed airline luggage is sent.
- The Saturn V rocket, which was used during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, was built in Huntsville.
- The first Mardi Gras was originally celebated when Mobile was founded in 1702. Now, the annual celebration is held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- The East Gulf Coastal Plain covers two-thirds of the state.
- The state of Alabama has had five capitals throughout its history.
Population Data via US Census