Population, Race and Ethnicity
Linden is a city in Marengo County, Alabama, with a population of 2,041. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 60.40% of residents identify as white, 37.60% as Black or African American, 0.50% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 1.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.40% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Linden include American, English, Irish, Scotch-Irish, and French. Measured by location quotient — comparing the city share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in city are American, Greek, and Scotch-Irish.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 99.90% of Linden residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 0.10% of the population that is foreign-born, 100.00% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Linden is older than the United States as a whole. The median age is 51.1 years, 13.2 years more than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 27.80% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Linden, 36.00% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 6.60% of households are occupied by single male householders, 8.60% by single female householders, and 48.70% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 67.50% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Alabama and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Linden, 99.5% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 97.9% of the 5 and older population across Alabama only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Linden are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 38.7% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Alabama as a whole, 47.8% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is slightly less common in Linden than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 10.1% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Alabama, 12.3% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 32.7% of Linden residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Linden, 4.2% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 8.9% of the civilian population in all of Alabama.
In Linden, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Linden residents 25 and older, 83.20% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 13.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Alabama, 85.8% of adults have graduated high school, and 24.9 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Linden earns $37,944 a year, about $22,300 less than the national median of $60,293 and $10,500 less than the median household income across the state of $48,486.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Linden than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 27.30%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 17.5% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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