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The City of Anniston had a population of 20,794 as of July 1, 2021. Anniston ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Anniston is located at latitude 33.6598 and longitude -85.8316 in Calhoun County. The formal boundaries for the City of Anniston encompass a land area of 45.64 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Calhoun County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 712 feet.

The City of Anniston 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 Anniston is located within Anniston Division of Calhoun County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Anniston: Annies Town, Woodstock.

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Anniston, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 20,794 (100%)
Population in Households 19,862 (95.5%)
Population in Families 14,904 (71.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 932 ( 4.5%)
Population Density 454
Diversity Index2 58


Median Household Income $35,191
Average Household Income $55,015
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $23,729
Wealth Index5 56


Total HU (Housing Units) 10,766 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,609 (52.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,357 (31.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,800 (16.7%)
Median Home Value $116,463
Average Home Value $173,453
Housing Affordability Index3 190


Total Households 8,966
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 5,127
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.67% -0.47%
Households -0.65% -0.48%
Families -0.86% -0.64%
Median Household Income   1.52%
Per Capita Income   2.08%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.2%

Anniston, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Anniston to the other 586 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 31 95th
Population Density # 167 72nd
Median Household Income # 471 20th
Housing Affordability Index # 162 28th
Per Capita Income # 304 48th
Diversity Index # 45 92nd

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