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North Courtland, Alabama

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Census Data for North Courtland ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives North Courtland a population of 612 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving North Courtland a population of 632 people.

The town of North Courtland is located in Lawrence County. The 2010 Census gave Lawrence County a population of 34,339 people. This means that North Courtland had 1.84% of the county's total population, making it Lawrence's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that North Courtland had 0.01% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 308th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like North Courtland, 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 North Courtland reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;North Courtland 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 North Courtland has a total area of 0.66 square miles [1.7 km²]. Of this total, 0.65 square miles [1.7 km²] is land, with the balance (1.66%) being water (0.01 square miles [0 km²]).

Lawrence County has a land area of 690 square miles [1,788.8 km²]. At 0.65 square miles [1.7 km²], North Courtland has 0.09% 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:   34° 40' 34"   (or 34.68°)

Lon:   -87° 18' 28"   (or -87.31°)

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 (632 people) and land area (0.65 square miles [1.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, North Courtland had a population density of 951 people per square mile [367.5 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows North Courtland had a population of 799 people and a land area of 0.52 square miles [1.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,528 people per square mile [589 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 North Courtland. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, North Courtland had 324 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 632 people, this averages 1.95 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows North Courtland had a land area of 0.65 square miles [1.7 km²]. This translates to 488 Housing Units per square mile [188.4 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: North Courtland had 366 Housing Units, a population of 799 people and a land area of 0.52 square miles [1.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.18 people per Housing Unit and 699 Housing Units per square mile [270.3 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 North Courtland 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).

Lawrence County ...

The community of North Courtland is located in Lawrence County.

The county had a population of 34,339 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 632 people, North Courtland represented 1.84% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of North Courtland has a population density of 951 people per square mile [367.5 people/km²], Lawrence County averages 49.72 people per square mile [19.2 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for North Courtland ...

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

RadiusNo of
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]32,274-2.86%
10 mi [16 km]54,024-3.04%
15 mi [24 km]810,230-2.06%
20 mi [32 km]1381,356---
25 mi [40 km]22166,029+2.42%
30 mi [48 km]26194,816+2.47%

US Census QuickFacts ...

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

2015 Est.
Since 2010
Muscle ShoalsQF-015301613,706+4.26%   W  
DecaturQF-012010455,437-0.44%   E  
AthensQF-010295624,966+14.02%   E  
FlorenceQF-012689640,026+1.8%   NW  
SheffieldQF-01696489,108+0.76%   W  
TuscumbiaQF-01772808,474+0.61%   W  
Liberty Grove (TN)QF-4742260   N  
HartselleQF-013344814,493+1.67%   SE  

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

A Census QuickFact is available for Lawrence County (QF-01079).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Lawrence County.

2015 Est.
Since 2010
ColbertQF-0103354,354-0.14%   NW  
CullmanQF-0104382,005+1.99%   SE  
FranklinQF-0105931,696---   W  
LimestoneQF-0108391,663+10.73%   NE  
MorganQF-01103119,565---   E  
WinstonQF-0113323,877-2.48%   S  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for North Courtland, 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 North Courtland. 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 ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 26.99% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for North Courtland was 0.66 square miles [1.7 km²]. Of this total, 0.65 square miles [1.7 km²] is land, with the balance (1.66%) being water (0.01 square miles [0 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.52 square miles [1.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.680349°   (or 34°40'49" N)

Lon:   -87.306287°   (or -87°18'22" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.676370°   (or 34°40'34" N)

Lon:   -87.307914°   (or -87°18'28" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,530 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 (#2407004) to North Courtland. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of North Courtland. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.678927°   (or 34°40'44" N)

Lon:   -87.308770°   (or -87°18'31" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 907 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for North Courtland. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for North Courtland.

Miscellaneous Information for North Courtland ...

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 Lawrence County or the town of North Courtland:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for North Courtland: 2407004

GNIS ID for Lawrence County: 161565

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: 079 (Lawrence County)

Place Code: 55044 (North Courtland)

State & County Code: 01/079 (Alabama / Lawrence County)

State & Place Code: 01/55044 (Alabama / North Courtland)

Misc. Census Codes ...

North Courtland 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 North Courtland.

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

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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 North Courtland. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 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 341 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 304 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for North Courtland.


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