Anniston is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 22,347 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Anniston is the 22nd largest community in Alabama.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Anniston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Anniston is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Anniston who work in sales jobs (14.52%), office and administrative support (10.72%), and food service (10.00%).
The citizens of Anniston are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.23% of adults in Anniston having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Anniston in 2010 was $19,878, which is middle income relative to Alabama, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,512 for a family of four. However, Anniston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Anniston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.71% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Anniston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Anniston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Anniston residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Anniston include German, Irish, African, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Anniston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Thai.