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Arab, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Arab had a population of 8,151 as of July 1, 2017. Arab ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Arab is located at latitude 34.3324 and longitude -86.5012 in Marshall County. The formal boundaries for the City of Arab (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Marshall County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,102 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Arab are located in Marshall County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Cullman County.

The City of Arab (GNIS ID: 2403104) 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 Arab is located within Arab Division of Marshall County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Arab: Arad.

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


Total Population 8,151
Daytime Population: Workers 4,178
Daytime Population: Residents 4,678
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,856
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 8,077
Population in Familes 6,641
Population in Group Qrtrs 74
Population Density2 618
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $37,845
Average Household Income $57,471
Per Capita Income $24,272


Total Housing Units 3,781 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,315 (61.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,102 (29.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 364 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $152,030
Average Home Value $179,654


Total Households 3,417
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 2,271
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 0.17% 0.19%
Households 0.24% 0.2%
Families 0.09% 0.06%
Median Household Income   0.26%
Per Capita Income   1.08%

Arab, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Arab 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 # 81 86th
Population Density # 99 83rd
Diversity Index # 530 9th
Median Household Income # 322 45th
Per Capita Income # 143 76th

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