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Vernon, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Vernon had a population of 2,018 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Vernon is located at latitude 33.7571 and longitude -88.1089 in Lamar County. The formal boundaries for the City of Vernon encompass a land area of 5.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lamar County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 299 feet.

The City of Vernon (GNIS ID: 2405641) 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 Vernon is located within Vernon Division of Lamar County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Vernon: Swayne Courthouse.


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


Total Population 2,018 (100%)
Population in Households 1,992 (98.7%)
Population in Families 1,644 (81.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 26 ( 1.3%)
Population Density 342
Diversity Index2 30


Median Household Income $35,529
Average Household Income $48,023
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $20,392
Wealth Index5 40


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,042 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 587 (56.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 313 (30.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 142 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $78,810
Average Home Value $92,432
Housing Affordability Index3 293


Total Households 900
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 596
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 0.09% -0.03%
Households 0.11% -0.04%
Families 0.45% -0.2%
Median Household Income   0.59%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.1%


Vernon, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Vernon 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 # 219 63rd
Population Density # 209 65th
Median Household Income # 433 26th
Housing Affordability Index # 488 83rd
Per Capita Income # 410 30th
Diversity Index # 361 39th

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