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Owens' Cross Roads, Alabama

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Census Data for Owens' Cross Roads ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Owens' Cross Roads a population of 1,852 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Owens' Cross Roads a population of 1,521 people.

The town of Owens' Cross Roads is located in Madison County. The 2010 Census gave Madison County a population of 334,811 people. This means that Owens' Cross Roads had 0.45% of the county's total population, making it Madison's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Owens' Cross Roads had 0.03% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 212nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Owens' Cross Roads, 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 Owens' Cross Roads reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Owens' Cross Roads 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 Owens' Cross Roads has a total area of 8.42 square miles [21.8 km²]. Of this total, 8.3 square miles [21.5 km²] is land, with the balance (1.43%) being water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Madison County has a land area of 801 square miles [2,076.1 km²]. At 8.3 square miles [21.5 km²], Owens' Cross Roads has 1.04% 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° 35' 7"   (or 34.59°)             [Map]

Lon:   -86° 27' 18"   (or -86.46°)

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 (1,521 people) and land area (8.3 square miles [21.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Owens' Cross Roads had a population density of 180.7 people per square mile [69.8 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Owens' Cross Roads had a population of 1,124 people and a land area of 7.71 square miles [20 km²]. This gives a population density of 145.8 people per square mile [56.3 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 Owens' Cross Roads. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Owens' Cross Roads had 650 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,521 people, this averages 2.34 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Owens' Cross Roads had a land area of 8.3 square miles [21.5 km²]. This translates to 77.2 Housing Units per square mile [29.81 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Owens' Cross Roads had 482 Housing Units, a population of 1,124 people and a land area of 7.71 square miles [20 km²]. This gives a density of 2.33 people per Housing Unit and 62.5 Housing Units per square mile [24.13 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 Owens' Cross Roads 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).

Madison County ...

The community of Owens' Cross Roads<4> is located in Madison County.

The county had a population of 334,811 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,521 people, Owens' Cross Roads represented 0.45% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Owens' Cross Roads has a population density of 180.7 people per square mile [69.8 people/km²], Madison County averages 417.7 people per square mile [161.3 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Owens' Cross Roads ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Owens' Cross Roads and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Owens' Cross Roads. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<5>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]24,655+7.48%
10 mi   [16 km]56,376+4.73%
15 mi   [24 km]8200,441+7.09%
20 mi   [32 km]14266,381+7.61%
25 mi   [40 km]21287,093+7.24%
30 mi   [48 km]33384,059+5.29%

US Census QuickFacts ...

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

2016 Est.
Since 2010
HuntsvilleQF-0137000193,079+7.2%   NW  
MadisonQF-014578447,959+11.69%   W  
GuntersvilleQF-01324168,437+2.93%   SE  
ArabQF-01021168,340+3.6%   S  
ScottsboroQF-016873614,677-0.63%   E  
AlbertvilleQF-010098821,525+1.72%   SE  

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

A Census QuickFact is available for Madison County (QF-01089).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Madison County.

2016 Est.
Since 2010
JacksonQF-0107152,138-2.05%   E  
LimestoneQF-0108392,753+12.04%   W  
MarshallQF-0109595,157+2.3%   SE  
MorganQF-01103119,012-0.4%   SW  
Franklin (TN)QF-4705141,700+1.58%   NE  
Lincoln (TN)QF-4710333,645+0.85%   N  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Owens' Cross Roads, 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 Owens' Cross Roads. 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 9.17% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Owens' Cross Roads was 8.42 square miles [21.8 km²]. Of this total, 8.3 square miles [21.5 km²] is land, with the balance (1.43%) being water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 7.71 square miles [20 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 Owens' Cross Roads, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Owens' Cross Roads.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.585458°   (or 34°35'7" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.455027°   (or -86°27'18" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.586071°   (or 34°35'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.458561°   (or -86°27'30" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,084 feet to the east<6> 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 (#2407060) to Owens' Cross Roads. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Owens' Cross Roads. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.604330°   (or 34°36'15" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.443819°   (or -86°26'37" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 7,658 feet to the southwest<7> of the point given by the GNIS for Owens' Cross Roads. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Owens' Cross Roads.

Miscellaneous Information for Owens' Cross Roads ...

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 Madison County or the town of Owens' Cross Roads:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Owens' Cross Roads:

GNIS ID for Owens' Cross Roads: 2407060

GNIS ID for Madison County: 161570

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: 089 (Madison County)

Place Code: 57504 (Owens' Cross Roads)

State & County Code: 01/089 (Alabama / Madison County)

State & Place Code: 01/57504 (Alabama / Owens' Cross Roads)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Owens' Cross Roads is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a town like Owens' Cross Roads, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Owens' Cross Roads. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

The ZIP code for Owens' Cross Roads: 35763<8>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Owens' Cross Roads.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Madison County:

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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>It's a common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So you may find that Owens' Cross Roads has been called Owen's' Cross Roads. Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Owens' Cross Roads might be written as Owen' Cross Roads. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Owens' Cross Roads.

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<5>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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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 258 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 153 degrees.

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<8>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Owens' Cross Roads or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Owens' Cross Roads.


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