Muscle Shoals, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Muscle Shoals, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Muscle Shoals had a population of 13,670 as of July 1, 2016. Muscle Shoals ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Muscle Shoals is located at latitude 34.7427 and longitude -87.6338 in Colbert County. The formal boundaries for the City of Muscle Shoals (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Colbert County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 502 feet.

The City of Muscle Shoals (GNIS ID: 2404345) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Muscle Shoals is located within Tri-Cities Division of Colbert County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Muscle Shoals population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Muscle Shoals: Chustanaluyi, Dagunahi, Quad Cities, The Shoals, Tri-Cities.

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Muscle Shoals, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 13,670
Population in Households 13,483
Population in Familes 11,327
Population in Group Qrtrs 187
Population Density1 879
Diversity Index2 38


Total Households 5,546
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 3,831
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,850 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,010 (68.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,536 (26.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 304 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $136,910
Average Home Value $169,638


Median Household Income $50,625
Average Household Income $63,937
Per Capita Income $26,540
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.63% 0.39%
Households 0.66% 0.43%
Families 0.26% 0.34%
Median Household Income   1.24%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Muscle Shoals, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Muscle Shoals to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 50 92nd
Population Density1 # 59 90th
Diversity Index2 # 258 56th
Median Household Income # 90 85th
Per Capita Income # 61 90th

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