Elba is a very small city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 3,903 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Elba is the 140th largest community in Alabama.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Elba is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.81% of the Elba workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Elba is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elba who work in food service (12.86%), office and administrative support (9.85%), and maintenance occupations (8.16%).
It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Elba 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. Elba has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Elba than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Elba may be for you.
The citizens of Elba are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.59% of adults in Elba have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Elba in 2010 was $17,349, 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 $69,396 for a family of four. However, Elba contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Elba also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.10% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Elba is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elba home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elba residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Elba include Irish, English, German, and Welsh.
The most common language spoken in Elba is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Gujarathi.