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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
2017 Estimate
91,976 192,370 619,741 932,883
2022 Projection
98,444 202,602 643,769 961,097
2017 Est. Median Household Income
$51,045 $59,888 $54,445 $50,600
2017 Est. Median Age
40 38 39 40

Source: ESRI. Note: Radius data is from county seat. Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
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 9,252 county residents working in the county and 22,376 working outside of the county. Additionally, there are a total of 11,261 residents living outside of Limestone county that commute to jobs within the county.
Top Five Counties Receiving Workers
1. Madison    2. Morgan    3. Jefferson
4. Giles, TN   5. Cullman
Top Five Counties Sending Workers
1. Madison    2. Morgan    3. Lauderdale
4. Jefferson    5. Cullman

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: 22,572
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: 2,232
Manufacturing: 3,481
Wholesale Trade: 693
Retail Trade: 3,212
Transportation and Warehousing: 447
Information: 205
Finance and Insurance: 400
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: 153
Professional and Technical Services: 540
Management of Companies and Enterprises: 59
Administrative and Waste Services: 620
Educational Services: 70
Health Care and Social Assistance: 1,206
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: 111
Accommodation and Food Services: 1,854
Other Services (except public administration): 467
Total Federal Government: 1,522
Total State Government: 1,574
Total Local Government: 3,298
 
County Wage by Industry
Total: $1,052,360,388
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting: **
Mining: **
Utilities: **
Construction: $143,406,706
Manufacturing: $174,004,960
Wholesale Trade: $36,134,787
Retail Trade: $92,744,932
Transportation and Warehousing: $22,605,777
Information: $9,106,963
Finance and Insurance: $18,544,467
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing: $4,873,586
Professional and Technical Services: $35,135,761
Management of Companies and Enterprises: $3,492,444
Administrative and Waste Services: $20,672,422
Educational Services: $1,180,676
Health Care and Social Assistance: $47,265,493
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation: $2,087,966
Accommodation and Food Services: $26,824,818
Other Services (except public administration): $15,053,066
Total Federal Government: $181,282,709
Total State Government: $63,716,412
Total Local Government: $138,091,090
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, 2016 annual averages. Note: **Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
Major Employers in Limestone County
TVANuclear Power1,500
Limestone County SchoolsEducation1,100
Steelcase, Inc.Office Furniture1,033
PolarisOff Road Vehicles950
Athens Limestone HospitalMedical Service807
Target DistributionDistribution670
Federal MogulAuto Gaskets650
City of AthensGovernment446
Athens City SchoolEducation416
Athens State UniversityEducation395
Major Manufacturing Employers in Limestone County
Steelcase, Inc.Office Furniture1,033
PolarisOff Road Vehicles950
Federal MogulAuto Gaskets650
EFI AutomotiveAutomotive Sensors254
Aviagen-North AmericaPoultry Breeders239
Carpenter Technology Corp.Specialty Alloy Steel203
HDT GlobalMilitary Shelters200
Turner MedicalMedical Implants199
Custom PolymersPlastic Recycling174
GE AviationSilicon Carbide Ceramic Fiber150
Source: Local economic development contacts
Education
2017 County Population 25 Plus by Education Attainment
Graduate/Professional Degree:   8.1%
Bachelors Degree: 16.2%
Associates Degree: 7.2%
Some College, No Degree: 20.5%
High School Graduate/GED: 32.1%
9-12th Grade (No Diploma): 10.1%
Less than 9th Grade: 5.9%

Source: ESRI. Note: Portions of the Data include the intellectual property of Esri and its licensors and are used under license. Copyright © 2017 Esri and its licensors. All rights reserved.
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 http://http://www.ache.state.al.us/Content/CollegesUniversities/AlaInstitutionMap.aspx


School Systems
Athens City
Limestone County

Source: Alabama Department of Education; www.alsde.edu. Note: Detailed information on Alabama’s public school systems and individual schools can be accessed on the Alabama Department of Education website; http://www.alsde.edu/Home/Reports/ReportsBySite.aspx
Taxes
2017 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: 2.00% 4.00%
Use Tax General Rate: 2.00% 4.00%
Sales Tax on Machinery: 1.00% 1.50%
Use Tax on Machinery: 1.00% 1.50%
Source: Alabama Department of Revenue; www.ador.state.al.us. Note: Information on business-related taxes is available on the Alabama Department of Revenue website at www.ador.state.al.us. Construction materials are taxed at the general rate. Inventories and goods-in-process are not taxed.
Transportation
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, www.dot.state.al.us

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; www.dot.state.al.us; Airnav.com