West Blocton is a very small town located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 1,261 people and two constituent neighborhoods, West Blocton is the 266th largest community in Alabama.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, West Blocton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 46.83% of the West Blocton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, West Blocton is a town of sales and office workers, transportation and shipping workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in West Blocton who work in office and administrative support (13.60%), teaching (13.29%), and sales jobs (10.27%).
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!) West Blocton 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. West Blocton has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in West Blocton than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, West Blocton may be for you.
One downside of living in West Blocton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.88 minutes every day commuting to work.
West Blocton is a very car-oriented town. 1.00% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because West Blocton is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. West Blocton has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
As is often the case in a small town, West Blocton doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
In West Blocton, just 11.90% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in West Blocton in 2010 was $15,068, which is low income relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,272 for a family of four. However, West Blocton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. West Blocton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.56% of its population below the federal poverty line.
West Blocton is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West Blocton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Blocton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Blocton include Irish, German, European, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in West Blocton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hebrew.