Personal per capita income in the Shoals ranked 301st out of 366 metropolitan areas measured by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, according to data released today.
The Shoals' annual per capita income was $32,038 in 2011, according to the survey. Its growth rate was 5.2 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2011. The Shoals metropolitan area includes Lauderdale and Colbert counties.
The Huntsville metropolitan area, which includes Limestone County, had income growth of 3.8 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 3.4 percent from 2010 to 2011. Huntsville's per capita income in 2011 was $40,126, the 102nd highest in the nation.
The growth rate of the Decatur metropolitan area — which includes Morgan and Lawrence counties — was 2.3 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 2.7 percent from 2010 to 2011, placing it in the lowest quintile nationally.
Nationwide, U.S. metropolitan areas had an average per capita income of $41,560 in 2011. The highest was in Stamford, Conn., which had an annual per capita income of $78,504. The lowest, at $21,620, was in Mission, Texas.