Goodwater, AL
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Goodwater is a very small town located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 1,343 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Goodwater is the 251st largest community in Alabama.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Goodwater is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 53.30% of the Goodwater workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Goodwater is a town of production and manufacturing workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Goodwater who work in office and administrative support (12.47%), law enforcement and fire fighting (6.60%), and maintenance occupations (4.89%).

The town 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, Goodwater has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Goodwater a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Despite the fact that it is a small town, Goodwater has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly taxis - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the town for affordable transportation.

The population of Goodwater has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 4.62% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Goodwater in 2010 was $13,756, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,024 for a family of four. Goodwater also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.19% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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