Elba, AL


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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%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Elba has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Elba a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Elba rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.59% of adults 25 and older in Elba have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

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.

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