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Cottonwood, Alabama - Basic Facts

The Town of Cottonwood had a population of 1,310 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Cottonwood is located at latitude 31.054 and longitude -85.2996 in Houston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cottonwood (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Houston County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 164 feet.

The Town of Cottonwood (GNIS ID: 2406321) 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 Town of Cottonwood is located within Cottonwood Division of Houston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cottonwood 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 Cottonwood: Cotton Wood.

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


Total Population 1,310
Population in Households 1,306
Population in Familes 1,091
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density1 227
Diversity Index2 32


Total Households 562
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 385
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 654 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 428 (65.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 133 (20.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 92 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $80,594
Average Home Value $111,364


Median Household Income $36,933
Average Household Income $49,139
Per Capita Income $19,887
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.26% 0.36%
Households 0.26% 0.35%
Families 1.54% 0.21%
Median Household Income   -1.54%
Per Capita Income   0.69%
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.

Cottonwood, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cottonwood 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 # 273 53rd
Population Density1 # 305 48th
Diversity Index2 # 333 43rd
Median Household Income # 311 47th
Per Capita Income # 312 46th

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