The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted Alabama? Where cities and towns in Alabama have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 19.2% increase in the Hispanic population in Alabama.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Alabama with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Russellville (Photos)
- Albertville (Photos)
- Fort Payne (Photos)
- Oneonta (Photos)
- Boaz (Photos)
- Decatur (Photos)
- Pelham (Photos)
- Leeds (Photos)
- Alabaster (Photos)
Russellville took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Alabama for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Alabama ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Alabama With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Alabama.
That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 104 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 40.6% to 0.0%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Russellville took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Brewton was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Alabama ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Russellville is a city in Franklin County in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 9,830, up from 8,971 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County.
Albertville is a city in Marshall County, Alabama, United States, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 21,160.
3. Fort Payne
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 14,012.
Oneonta is a city in Blount County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 6,567. The city is the county seat of Blount County. Oneonta is home to the Covered Bridge Festival.
Boaz is a city in Etowah and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is part of the Gadsden, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 9,551. Boaz is known mainly for its outlet shops.
Decatur is a city in Morgan and Limestone counties in the State of Alabama. The city, affectionately known as ‘The River City’, is located in Northern Alabama on the banks of Wheeler Lake, along the Tennessee River. It is the largest city and county seat of Morgan County. The population in 2010 census was 55,683.
Pelham is a city in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. It incorporated in July 1964. It was named for Confederate American Civil War officer John Pelham.
The City of Pelham operates under the Mayor/Council Act. The Mayor serves as the city’s chief executive and the City Council act much like a board of directors.
Tarrant is a city in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States, southeast of Fultondale. At the 2010 census the population was 6,397. It is home to the ABC Coke plant owned by the Drummond Company, ‘the largest single producer of foundry coke in the U.S.’.
Leeds is a tri-county municipality located in Jefferson, St. Clair, and Shelby counties in the State of Alabama and is an eastern suburb of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 11,773.
Alabaster is a city and southern suburb of Birmingham in Shelby County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 30,352. According to the 2013 Census Estimates, the city had a population of 31,342. Alabaster is the 16th largest city in Alabama and still a growing population.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Alabama
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across Alabama according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in Alabama:
For more Alabama reading , check out:
Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Alabama