Multi-Cultural Population

Alabama's diverse population is one of its greatest strengths and resources. Population diversity provides everyone with the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from the special customs, talents, contributions, and abilities, which tend to be unique to specific racial or ethnic groups without having to leave Alabama. This cultural diversity also brings different behaviors and attitudes about health care, which pose a challenge to Alabama's health care system.

The decade between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses of Population produced very significant changes in the cultural diversity of Alabama's population.

In 2010, 24.7% of Alabama's population were members of races other than white.

Alabama's non-white population is becoming more diverse. In 2010, no more than 90.5% of Alabama's non-White population was comprised of Blacks due to the population increase of other races.

Alabama's Hispanic population increased by nearly 245 percent between 2000 and 2010. This was the 2nd greatest percentage increase in the Hispanic population among all 50 states.

Population and Minimum Percentage Change for Selected Races 2000 vs. 2010

Race

2000 Census

2010 Census

Minimum % Change

Total

4,447,100

4,779,736

+7.48

White

3,162,808

3,275,394

+3.55

Black

1,555,930

1,251,311

-19.5

American Indian/
Alaska Native

22,430

28,218

+25.8

Asian Indian

6,900

13,036

+88.9

Chinese

6,337

9,436

+48.9

Filipino

2,727

4,952

+81.5

Japanese

1,966

2,391

+21.6

Korean

4,116

8,320

+102.1

Vietnamese

4,628

7,398

+59.9


Page last updated: April 17, 2017