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Rainsville, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Rainsville had a population of 5,158 as of July 1, 2020. 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 34.4943 and longitude -85.8477 in DeKalb County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rainsville 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 1,293 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.


Rainsville, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 5,158 (100%)
Population in Households 5,157 (100.0%)
Population in Families 4,288 (83.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1 ( 0.0%)
Population Density 250
Diversity Index2 20


Median Household Income $42,451
Average Household Income $59,783
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $24,847
Wealth Index5 55


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,437 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,520 (62.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 679 (27.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 238 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $133,288
Average Home Value $195,658
Housing Affordability Index3 205


Total Households 2,199
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 1,492
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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.35% 0.39%
Households 0.4% 0.4%
Families 0.43% 0.24%
Median Household Income   2.84%
Per Capita Income   2.45%
Owner Occupied HU   0.21%


Rainsville, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rainsville to the other 586 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 112 81st
Population Density # 283 52nd
Median Household Income # 287 51st
Housing Affordability Index # 164 28th
Per Capita Income # 221 62nd
Diversity Index # 458 22nd

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