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Hokes Bluff, Alabama

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About Hokes Bluff
Hokes Bluff<1> is located in Etowah County (Alabama).

According to the 2010 US Census, Hokes Bluff has a population of 4,286 people, making it Etowah's 6th  and Alabama's 115th most populous community.

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Glossary and Definitions ...

Area Code Overlay
An Overlay refers to the situation in which two (or more) area codes (eg- 256, 938) serve the same geographic area. In the case of Hokes Bluff, area code (938) is the Overlay for area code (256).

The Overlay is necessary when the geographic area requires (or expects to need) more phone numbers than can be provided by a single area code.

When an Overlay is present, 10-digit dialing becomes necessary even for local calls. There are different types of Overlays, with each Overlay having its own characteristics and dialing requirements.

If you would like to learn more about Overlays, we suggest the Wikipedia entry for Overlays.
Census Area for Hokes Bluff
The Area value provided by the US Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Hokes Bluff. For example, if there is a cluster of people living just outside of the city's official boundary, the Census-defined area might be expanded to include that group.

At the time of the 2010 Census, the US Census gave a land area of 11.94 square miles [30.9 km²] and a water area of 0.16 square miles [0.4 km²], giving Hokes Bluff a total area of 12.11 square miles [31.4 km²].

It should be noted that the area given by the Census Bureau can change from one Census to the next. For example, the 2000 Census specified an area of 11.83 square miles [30.6 km²] for Hokes Bluff compared to the 12.11 square miles [31.4 km²] given in 2010.
Census Housing Unit
The US Census considers a Housing Unit to be a place 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).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Hokes Bluff had 1,846 Housing Units.
Decennial Census
The US Constitution requires that a count of the country's population be conducted every 10 years. The Census is conducted on those years ending in '0' (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010). This is known as a 'Decennial' Census. The process of taking a Census is called an 'Enumeration'.

The count includes citizens, non-citizen legal residents, long-term non-citizen visitors and illegal immigrants.

The purpose of the Census is to provide information about the demographic and social characteristics of the people of the United States. The results of the Census goes to the federal, state and local governments to support their planning and administrative activities.

The first Census was conducted in 1790. The most recent Census was conducted in 2010. The next Decennial Census will be conducted in 2020.

By comparison, the Canadian Census is conducted once every 5 years and is called a 'Quinquennial' Census.
FIPS Codes
In the past, the federal government created a set of codes that are used to uniquely identify States, Counties and Populated Places (such as a city like Hokes Bluff). These codes form the Federal Information Processing Standard. (specifically FIPS Document 55-3).

The State Code consists of two digits, the County Code consists of three digits and the Place Code consists of five digits. The County and Place Codes must be used together with the State Code to be truly unique.

For example, the following codes apply to the city of Hokes Bluff:

- State Code:  01 (Alabama)

- State / County Code:  01 / 055 (Etowah County)

- State / Place Code:  01 / 35392

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID. Although obsolete, the FIPS Codes are still in use by some organizations.

For more information about the FIPS Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Hokes Bluff.
GNIS Codes
The function of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is to establish uniform names for geographic features (eg- communities, mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, etc). The BGN was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. BGN–accepted names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each feature in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive.

Hokes Bluff has been given the GNIS Feature ID of '2404710'. Click here to see the GNIS Record for Hokes Bluff.
Although there are regional variations, a city that is incorporated (such as Hokes Bluff) is generally one with a charter from the State, defined boundaries and is governed by elected officials. By contrast, unincorporated communities usually exist by tradition, frequently with nebulous boundaries and without a recognized government.

Footnotes ...

<1>It's a common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Hokes Bluff may originally have been Hoke's Bluff. Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Hokes Bluff might be written as Hoke Bluff. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Hokes Bluff.

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