Wetumpka Alabama: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information
The city of Wetumpka is located in the state of Alabama, USA, and was chosen as the county seat for Elmore County in the year of 1866. It is regarded as the economic center for the county and covers a land area of 10.11 square miles.
Wetumpka lies on the shore of the Coosa River and has a spectacular view of the Appalachian Mountains with Bald Knob being the highest point in the region. The city was also served as a setting for numerous scenes in the movie Big Fish which was released in 2003 and was based on a novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace.
The region was first occupied by the Creeks in a town called Taskigi before the French, in 1714, built Fort Toulouse. It became a part of the British power in 1763 and later, in 1800, came to be under the Mississippi territory. Court sessions for the county were held in the city in Fort Jackson until 1818 when Montgomery County was established.
The population of Wetumpka Alabama
The United States Census Bureau has noted that the population of the city Wetumpka in 2010 was at 6,528. According to the latest estimates, the population increased to about 7,654 people in 2016 and to approximately 8,148 people as recorded on July 1, 2017. The population density of the region is 645.4 persons per square mile.
The city of Wetumpka has a racial-ethnic majority of a people who identify themselves as white, making up to 67.1 percent of the population. In the remaining demographic, 30.1 percent of the people identify as African American, 1.1 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino, 0.5 percent are Asian and 2.2 percent are people of mixed races.
There are a total of 2,630 households in this town, as recorded during the period from 2012 to 2016 and each household has an average of 2.52 members. Among the people older than 25 years in Wetumpka, 85.3 percent are high school graduates or have pursued further studies. About 17.4 percent in this same age group have attained bachelors' degrees or have sought higher education.
The median household income in the region is $ 43,750 as recorded from 2012 to 2016. In 2016, the per capita income was noted to be at $ 21,149. About 10.8 percent of the people living in Wetumpka are earning below the levels of poverty.
Among the biggest employers in the city of Wetumpka are the education, health care, and social service sector, the retail trade, and the manufacturing sector. Each of these employs 21.4 percent, 15.1 percent and 12.9 percent of the population respectively.
Crime in Wetumpka Alabama
According to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the city of Wetumpka recorded a total of 634 criminal incidences in the year 2016. Among them were 20 cases of violent crime, four cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, three cases of rape, six cases of robbery, 19 cases of aggravated assault, 291 cases of property crime, 37 cases of burglary, 245 cases of larceny-theft and 9 cases of motor vehicle theft.
In 2015, there were a total of 383 criminal incidences recorded in Wetumpka. These included 3 cases of rape, 4 cases of robbery, 17 cases of assault, 47 cases of burglary, 306 cases of larceny and 6 cases of motor vehicle theft.
It can be noted that while there has been a 100 percent increase in the cases of homicide in this region from 2015 to 2016, there has also been a 21 percent decrease in burglary and a 20 percent decrease in cases of larceny. To combat crime, the law enforcement of Wetumpka has employed 38 persons. These include 28 sworn male officers, two sworn female officers, and eight civilians.