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Rainsville, Alabama - Basic Facts

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The City of Rainsville had a population of 5,087 as of July 1, 2017. Rainsville ranks in the lower 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 Rainsville is located at latitude 34.4944 and longitude -85.8365 in DeKalb County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rainsville (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.62 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. DeKalb County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,283 feet.

The City of Rainsville (GNIS ID: 2404589) 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 Rainsville is located within Rainsville-Sylvania Division of DeKalb County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rainsville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Rainsville, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,087
Daytime Population: Workers 3,791
Daytime Population: Residents 2,927
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,718
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.32
Population in Households 5,085
Population in Familes 4,242
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density2 247
Diversity Index3 19


Median Household Income $38,376
Average Household Income $51,204
Per Capita Income $21,329


Total Housing Units 2,380 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,573 (66.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 593 (24.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 213 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $119,746
Average Home Value $144,024


Total Households 2,167
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 1,474
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.3% 0.41%
Households 0.37% 0.42%
Families 0.44% 0.28%
Median Household Income   0.16%
Per Capita Income   1.44%

Rainsville, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rainsville to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 115 80th
Population Density # 285 51st
Diversity Index # 463 21st
Median Household Income # 303 48th
Per Capita Income # 274 53rd

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