Census Data for Level Plains ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives Level Plains a population of 2,023 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Level Plains a population of 2,085 people.
The town of Level Plains is located in Dale County. The 2010 Census gave Dale County a population of 50,251 people. This means that Level Plains had 4.15% of the county's total population, making it Dale's 4th most populous community.
At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Level Plains had 0.04% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 173rd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Level Plains, 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 Level Plains reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;Level Plains 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 Level Plains has a total area of 3.06 square miles [7.9 km²].
Dale County has a land area of 561 square miles [1,453.4 km²]. At 3.06 square miles [7.9 km²], Level Plains has 0.55% 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: 31° 18' 49" (or 31.31°)
Lon: -85° 46' 2" (or -85.77°)
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 (2,085 people) and land area (3.06 square miles [7.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Level Plains had a population density of 680 people per square mile [262.9 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Level Plains had a population of 1,544 people and a land area of 2.93 square miles [7.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 527 people per square mile [203.6 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 Level Plains. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Level Plains had 866 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,085 people, this averages 2.41 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Level Plains had a land area of 3.06 square miles [7.9 km²]. This translates to 282.8 Housing Units per square mile [109.2 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Level Plains had 713 Housing Units, a population of 1,544 people and a land area of 2.93 square miles [7.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.17 people per Housing Unit and 243.5 Housing Units per square mile [94 housing units/km²].
NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Level Plains and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Dale County ...
The community of Level Plains is located in Dale County.
The county had a population of 50,251 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,085 people, Level Plains represented 4.15% of the county's total.
In addition, where the town of Level Plains has a population density of 680 people per square mile [262.9 people/km²], Dale County averages 89.6 people per square mile [34.58 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Dale County.
Population Rings for Level Plains ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Level Plains and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Level Plains. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
|5 mi [8 km]||4||35,719||+3.44%|
|10 mi [16 km]||6||38,350||+3.12%|
|15 mi [24 km]||10||56,579||+1.77%|
|20 mi [32 km]||20||74,995||+1.32%|
|25 mi [40 km]||28||154,971||+2.92%|
|30 mi [48 km]||38||172,250||+2.64%|
US Census QuickFacts ...
The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Although they haven't created a QuickFact for Level Plains, there are QuickFacts available for the following nearby communities:
For more about neighboring communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Level Plains. For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Level Plains, see our County-by-County Page for Level Plains.
A Census QuickFact is available for Dale County (QF-01045).
Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Dale County.
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Level Plains, 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 Level Plains. 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.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 4.56% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Level Plains was 3.06 square miles [7.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.93 square miles [7.6 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Level Plains, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Level Plains.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 31.307088° (or 31°18'25" N)
Lon: -85.768754° (or -85°46'7" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 31.313659° (or 31°18'49" N)
Lon: -85.767307° (or -85°46'2" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,437 feet to the south<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 (#2406009) to Level Plains. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Level Plains. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 31.307355° (or 31°18'26" N)
Lon: -85.768234° (or -85°46'5" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 189 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Level Plains. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Level Plains.
Miscellaneous Information for Level Plains ...
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 Dale County or the town of Level Plains:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Level Plains:
GNIS ID for Level Plains: 2406009
GNIS ID for Dale County: 161548
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: 045 (Dale County)
Place Code: 42472 (Level Plains)
State & County Code: 01/045 (Alabama / Dale County)
State & Place Code: 01/42472 (Alabama / Level Plains)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Level Plains 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 Level Plains.
|<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 2015.|
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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 169 degrees.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 121 degrees.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Level Plains.