Ashland, AL


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Ashland is a very small town located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 1,983 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Ashland is the 206th largest community in Alabama.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Ashland is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 44.32% of the Ashland workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Ashland is a town of production and manufacturing workers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashland who work in office and administrative support (14.77%), sales jobs (5.23%), and teaching (5.13%).

Of important note, Ashland is also a town of artists. Ashland has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ashland’s character.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ashland has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ashland has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ashland than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ashland may be for you.

The rate of college-level education in Ashland is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.24% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ashland in 2010 was $17,367, which is lower middle income relative to Alabama, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $69,468 for a family of four.

Ashland is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ashland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ashland residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ashland include Irish, English, German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Ashland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

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