County Profile

Overview

Wilcox County is not part of a metropolitan area.  Its 1998 population of 13,468 was ranked 62nd in the state.  The largest industries in 1997 were non-durable goods manufacturing, 30.8% of earnings; durable goods manufacturing, 16.1% percent; and state and local government, 14.8%.  Over a ten year period, the fastest growing was services (10.4% of earnings in 1997), which increased at a rate of 6.1%.  

Population Trends

Total Population Number Change Percent Change
1990 13,568
1995 13,635 67 .05
1998 13,468
2000 13,681 46 .3
2005 14,406 725 5.3
2010 15,169 763 5.3
2015 15,971 802 5.3

Cities & Towns

Cities Population in 1990 Population in 1998
Camden 2,414 2,329
Oak Hill 28 24
Pine Apple 365 343
Pine Hill 481 387
Yellow Bluff 245 261

Households & Income

Total Percent
Number of Households, 1990 4,415 100.0
     Single Person Households 1,055 23.9
     Family Households
           Married Couple Households 2,080 47.1
           Male Householders 176 4.0
           Female Householders 1,033 23.4
Persons per household, 1990 3.02
Median Family Income, 1999 $23,000
Per Capita Income, 1997 $12,984
Average Wage per Job, 1997 $24,883

Sources:  U. S. Department of Commerce, 1990 Census of Population and Housing; U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis; and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

 

Occupational Distribution

Employed Persons 16 years and over

3,672

Percent of Total
Executive, administrative, managerial

7.9

Professional specialty 12.4
Technologists, technicians including health 1.1
Sales 7.8
Admin. support, including clerical 9.9
Private household occupations 1.8
Protective service occupations 2.3
Other service occupations 8.3
Farming, forestry, fisheries 6.1
Mechanics and repairers 2.8
Construction trades 5.0
Precision production occupations 3.3
Machine operators, tenders, excl. precision 12.7
Fabricators, assemblers, inspectors 3.3
Transportation occupations 6.2
Material moving equipment operators 3.5
Handlers, equipment cleaners, helpers, laborers 5.4

Sources:  1990 Census of Population and Housing

Educational Attainment

Persons Aged 25 Years and Older:  7,715

Less than 9th grade 25.8%
9th – 12 Grade, No diploma 23.1%
High school graduate/GED 26.5%
Some college, no degree 10.6%
Associate degree 3.6%
Bachelor’s degree 7.0%
Grad/Prof degree 3.3%

Source:  1990 Census of Population and Housing

Labor Market Data

Workers Living in Wilcox County 3,624

 

Working In

Percent

     Camden (town) 32.6
     Remainder of Wilcox County 42.4
     Selma, city 3.3
     Remainder of Dallas County 1.8
     Thomasville, city 3.8
     Remainder of Clarke County 2.9
     Monroe County, excl. Monroeville city 2.1
     Linden, city 1.3
     Remainder of Marengo County 1.1
     Montgomery, city 2.2

Percent does not equal 100 because not all work destinations are listed.

Source:  1990 Census of Population and Housing

Tax Rates

Ad valorem tax rate(mills)
     Alabama 6.5
     Wilcox County 17.5
State tax percent
     Alabama 4.0
     Wilcox County 3.5

Note:  Within the county there may be additional municipal and/or school district taxes.

Source:  Alabama Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division, and Sales Tax Division, 1999.

Selected Wage Rates

Median (per hour)
Assemblers expt Mach., Elect., & Precision $8.58
Automotive Mechanics 11.77
Bookkeeping, Acct., & Auditing Clerks 10.08
Cashiers 6.07
Comp. Operators, expt Peripheral Equipment 10.90
Cooks, Restaurant 6.84
Drafters 14.14
Electricians 13.34
General Office Clerks 8.55
Guards and Watch Guards 7.19
Janitors and Cleaners 6.62
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 6.23
Maintenance Repairers, General Utility 10.72
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 10.23
Purchasing Managers 19.07
Receptionists and Information Clerks 7.95
Salespersons, retail 8.11
Secretaries, except Legal and Medical 9.63
Supervisors of Helpers and Laborers 17.34

Truck Drivers, light

9.06

Note:  These wage rates are the median listed with the Alabama Employment Service.  They are not to be construed as the prevailing wage.

Source:  Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, R&S Division. 1997 Alabama Wage Survey.

Retail Trade

Retail Sales, 1998 (current dollars)
Retail Total $38,380,000
Food 10,064,000
General merchandise 1,436,000
Apparel 325,000
Furniture, furnishings, etc 996,000
Automotive 11,068,000
Gasoline service stations 2,960,000
Lumber and building materials 1,127,000
Hardware and farm implements 2,068,000
Eating places 2,542,000
Drug Stores 197,000
All other retail 2,988,000
Non-retail and unclassified 2,609,000

 

Retail Sales Per Person, 1998
     Wilcox County $2,850
      Alabama $8,709

Source:  Center for Business and Economic Research, The University of Alabama

Transportation Facts

Highway Mileage
     State System 198
     County System 601

Source:  Alabama Dept. of Transportation

Rail Service

Norfolk Southern Railway
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway LLC