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Highland Lake, Alabama

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Census Data for Highland Lake ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Highland Lake a population of 425 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Highland Lake a population of 412 people.

The town of Highland Lake is located in Blount County. The 2010 Census gave Blount County a population of 57,322 people. This means that Highland Lake had 0.72% of the county's total population, making it Blount's 9th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Highland Lake, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the town.

Things like the population, area and housing for Highland Lake reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Highland Lake might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Highland Lake has a total area of 1.99 square miles [5.1 km²]. Of this total, 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (17.96%) being water (0.36 square miles [0.9 km²]).

Blount County has a land area of 644 square miles [1,670 km²]. At 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²], Highland Lake has 0.25% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   33° 53' 22"   (or 33.89°)             [Map]

Lon:   -86° 25' 21"   (or -86.42°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (412 people) and land area (1.63 square miles [4.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Highland Lake had a population density of 207.2 people per square mile [80 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Highland Lake had a population of 408 people and a land area of 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 205.5 people per square mile [79.3 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Highland Lake. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Highland Lake had 252 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 412 people, this averages 1.63 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Highland Lake had a land area of 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²]. This translates to 126.8 Housing Units per square mile [48.94 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Highland Lake had 226 Housing Units, a population of 408 people and a land area of 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²]. This gives a density of 1.81 people per Housing Unit and 113.8 Housing Units per square mile [43.94 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Highland Lake and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Blount County ...

The community of Highland Lake is located in Blount County.

The county had a population of 57,322 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 412 people, Highland Lake represented 0.72% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Highland Lake has a population density of 207.2 people per square mile [80 people/km²], Blount County averages 88.9 people per square mile [34.33 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Blount County.

Population Rings for Highland Lake ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Highland Lake and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Highland Lake. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]37,751+1.97%
10 mi   [16 km]614,595+2.72%
15 mi   [24 km]1734,329+2.78%
20 mi   [32 km]2781,314+5.58%
25 mi   [40 km]41177,395+3.12%
30 mi   [48 km]55275,840+2.6%

US Census QuickFacts ...

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Although they haven't created a QuickFact for Highland Lake, there are QuickFacts available for the following nearby communities:

2016 Est.
Since 2010
OneontaQF-01570006,699+2.01%   NW  
ClayQF-0115256   SW  
AttallaQF-01030285,865-3.03%   E  
TrussvilleQF-017694421,422+7.47%   SW  
MoodyQF-015109612,823+9.36%   S  
PinsonQF-0160648   SW  
Center PointQF-0113264   SW  
Pell CityQF-015889613,794+8.66%   S  

For more about neighboring communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Highland Lake. For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Highland Lake, see our County-by-County Page for Highland Lake.

A Census QuickFact is available for Blount County (QF-01009).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Blount County.

2016 Est.
Since 2010
CullmanQF-0104382,471+2.57%   NW  
EtowahQF-01055102,564-1.79%   E  
JeffersonQF-01073659,521+0.16%   SW  
MarshallQF-0109595,157+2.3%   NE  
Saint ClairQF-0111588,019+5.29%   SE  
WalkerQF-0112764,967-3.07%   W  
WinstonQF-0113323,805-2.77%   W  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Highland Lake, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Highland Lake. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Highland Lake was 1.99 square miles [5.1 km²]. Of this total, 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (17.96%) being water (0.36 square miles [0.9 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.99 square miles [5.1 km²]. Of this total, 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (17.97%) being water (0.36 square miles [0.9 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Highland Lake, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Highland Lake.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   33.889678°   (or 33°53'22" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.422760°   (or -86°25'21" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   33.884271°   (or 33°53'3" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.422151°   (or -86°25'19" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,979 feet to the north<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2405832) to Highland Lake. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Highland Lake. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   33.887563°   (or 33°53'15" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.424442°   (or -86°25'27" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 923 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Highland Lake. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Highland Lake.

Miscellaneous Information for Highland Lake ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Blount County or the town of Highland Lake:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Highland Lake:

GNIS ID for Highland Lake: 2405832

GNIS ID for Blount County: 161530

GNIS ID for Alabama: 1779775

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 01 (Alabama)

County Code: 009 (Blount County)

Place Code: 34480 (Highland Lake)

State & County Code: 01/009 (Alabama / Blount County)

State & Place Code: 01/34480 (Alabama / Highland Lake)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Highland Lake is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Highland Lake.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Highland Lake. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Blount County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2016.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 5 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 326 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Highland Lake.


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