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County Details
County #083: Limestone MSA: Huntsville Area of State: North Central
Communities: Ardmore, Athens, Elkmont, Lester, Mooresville
Population and Income Estimates
  County 15-mile Radius 30-mile Radius 45-mile Radius
2010 Census
82,782 178,349 584,462 889,754
2016 Estimate
92,036 192,327 617,731 931,127
2021 Projection
100,090 204,202 643,874 962,376
2016 Est. Median Household Income
$48,512 $57,955 $52,045 $47,705
2016 Est. Median Age
40 39 39 40

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County Labor Analysis
2016 Labor Force
County Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Limestone 40,575 38,424 2,151 5.3%
2014 Workforce Commuting Patterns
There are 9,085 county residents working in the county and 22,220 working outside of the county. Additionally, there are a total of 10,606 residents living outside of Limestone county that commute to jobs within the county.
Top Five Counties Receiving Workers
1. Madison   2. Limestone   3. Morgan
4. Jefferson   5. Cullman
Top Five Counties Sending Workers
1. Limestone   2. Madison   3. Morgan
4. Lauderdale    5. Jefferson

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S.Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) , OnTheMap application.
County Employment by Industry
Total: 22,649
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: 0
Construction: 2,435
Manufacturing: 3,412
Wholesale Trade: 662
Retail Trade: 3,193
Transportation and Warehousing: 456
Information: 198
Finance and Insurance: 393
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 138
Professional and Technical Services: 541
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 58
Administrative and Waste Services: 682
Educational Services: 68
Health Care and Social Assistance: 1,182
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 111
Accommodation and Food Services: 1,807
Other Services (except public administration): 470
Total Federal Government: 1,535
Total State Government: 1,622
Total Local Government: 3,271
County Wage by Industry
Total: $1,020,737,366
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: $0
Construction: $143,843,184
Manufacturing: $164,693,312
Wholesale Trade: $33,555,839
Retail Trade: $92,094,821
Transportation and Warehousing: $22,129,549
Information: $8,230,903
Finance and Insurance: $18,488,906
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $4,465,079
Professional and Technical Services: $35,725,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $3,174,697
Administrative and Waste Services: $20,778,832
Educational Services: $1,237,259
Health Care and Social Assistance: $45,936,392
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $2,001,476
Accommodation and Food Services: $24,625,383
Other Services (except public administration): $14,175,292
Total Federal Government: $175,112,354
Total State Government: $62,961,292
Total Local Government: $131,862,423
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2015 annual averages.. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards
Major Employers in Limestone County
TVANuclear Power1,500
Steelcase, Inc.Office Furniture1,127
Limestone County SchoolsEducation1,100
Athens Limestone HospitalMedical Service807
Target DistributionDistribution670
Federal MogulAuto Gaskets606
PolarisOff Road Vehicles600
City of AthensGovernment446
Athens City SchoolEducation416
Athens State UniversityEducation395
Major Manufacturing Employers in Limestone County
Steelcase, Inc.Office Furniture1,127
Federal MogulAuto Gaskets626
PolarisOff Road Vehicles600
EFI AutomotiveAutomotive Sensors254
Aviagen-North AmericaPoultry Breeders239
Carpenter Technology Corp.Specialty Allow Steel203
Turner MedicalMedical Implants182
Custom PolymersPlastic Recycling171
CPIAluminum Casting155
GE AviationSilicon Carbide Ceramic Fiber150
Source: Local economic development contacts
2016 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   7.9%
Bachelors Degree: 15.8%
Associates Degree: 7.5%
Some College, No Degree: 20.7%
High School Graduate/GED: 32.1%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 10.1%
Less than 9th Grade: 5.8%

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Colleges and Universities
Athens State College - Athens, AL

Source: Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Note: Information on Alabama’s two and four year colleges can be found on the Commission’s website

School Systems
Athens City
Limestone County

Source: Alabama Department of Education; Note: Detailed information on Alabama’s public school systems and individual schools can be accessed on the Alabama Department of Education website;
2015 County Profile General Tax Structure
Ad Valorem Tax     Alabama has a state property tax rate of 6.5 mills (3 mills for education). Both county and city can levy property tax. All real and personal business property is assessed at 20% of fair market value.

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Other Business Related Taxes County (Outside Incorporated Areas) State
State Tax General Rate: 2.0% 4.0%
Use Tax General Rate: 2.0% 4.0%
Sales Tax on Machinery: 1.0% 1.5%
Use Tax on Machinery: 1.0% 1.5%
Source: Alabama Department of Revenue; Note: Information on business-related taxes is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue website at Construction materials are taxed at the general rate. Inventories and goods-in-process are not taxed.
Interstates in County: I-65      
Federal Highways in County: US-31       US-72      
Railroads Serving County: CSX Transportation      

Source: Alabama Department of Transportation Intermodal Division,

Commercial Air Service General Aviation Service
Nearest commerical air service: Huntsville Int'l Airport-Carl T Jones Field Nearest general aviation facility: Madison Co. Executive Airport
Huntsville, AL Huntsville, AL

Source: EDPA Survey of Commercial Airports; Alabama Department of Transportation Aeronautics Bureau;;