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Census Data for Paint Rock ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives Paint Rock a population of 207 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Paint Rock a population of 210 people.

The town of Paint Rock is located in Jackson County. The 2010 Census gave Jackson County a population of 53,227 people. This means that Paint Rock had 0.39% of the county's total population, making it Jackson's 13th 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 Paint Rock, 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 Paint Rock reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;Paint Rock 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 Paint Rock has a total area of 0.44 square miles [1.1 km²]. Of this total, 0.43 square miles [1.1 km²] is land, with the balance (2.26%) being water (0.01 square miles [0 km²]).

Jackson County has a land area of 1,077 square miles [2,791.7 km²]. At 0.43 square miles [1.1 km²], Paint Rock has 0.04% 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° 39' 36"   (or 34.66°)

Lon:   -86° 19' 40"   (or -86.33°)

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 (210 people) and land area (0.43 square miles [1.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Paint Rock had a population density of 474 people per square mile [183 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Paint Rock had a population of 185 people and a land area of 0.44 square miles [1.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 415.9 people per square mile [160.6 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Paint Rock. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, Paint Rock had 94 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 210 people, this averages 2.23 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Paint Rock had a land area of 0.43 square miles [1.1 km²]. This translates to 212.2 Housing Units per square mile [81.9 housing units/km²].

Jackson County ...

The community of Paint Rock is located in Jackson County.

The county had a population of 53,227 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 210 people, Paint Rock represented 0.39% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Paint Rock has a population density of 474 people per square mile [183 people/km²], Jackson County averages 49.38 people per square mile [19.07 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Paint Rock ...

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

RadiusNo of
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]31,730-1.54%
15 mi [24 km]77,632+3.08%
20 mi [32 km]14223,264+5.09%
25 mi [40 km]20280,679+5.68%
30 mi [48 km]30313,753+5.19%

US Census QuickFacts ...

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

2015 Est.
Since 2010
HuntsvilleQF-0137000190,582+5.82%   W  
ScottsboroQF-016873614,722-0.32%   E  
GuntersvilleQF-01324168,385+2.29%   S  
MadisonQF-014578446,962+9.37%   W  
ArabQF-01021168,295+3.04%   S  
AlbertvilleQF-010098821,462+1.43%   S  

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

A Census QuickFact is available for Jackson County (QF-01071).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Jackson County.

2015 Est.
Since 2010
DeKalbQF-0104971,130---   SE  
MadisonQF-01089353,089+5.46%   W  
MarshallQF-0109594,725+1.83%   SW  
Dade (GA)QF-1308316,264-2.22%   E  
Franklin (TN)QF-4705141,449+0.97%   N  
Marion (TN)QF-4711528,487+0.89%   NE  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Paint Rock, 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 Paint Rock. 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 Paint Rock was 0.44 square miles [1.1 km²]. Of this total, 0.43 square miles [1.1 km²] is land, with the balance (2.26%) being water (0.01 square miles [0 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.44 square miles [1.2 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 Paint Rock, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Paint Rock.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.660898°   (or 34°39'39" N)

Lon:   -86.333995°   (or -86°20'2" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.660172°   (or 34°39'36" N)

Lon:   -86.328018°   (or -86°19'40" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,811 feet to the west<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 (#2407066) to Paint Rock. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Paint Rock. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.660194°   (or 34°39'36" N)

Lon:   -86.330677°   (or -86°19'50" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,027 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Paint Rock. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Paint Rock.

Miscellaneous Information for Paint Rock ...

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 Jackson County or the town of Paint Rock:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Paint Rock: 2407066

GNIS ID for Jackson County: 161561

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: 071 (Jackson County)

Place Code: 57696 (Paint Rock)

State & County Code: 01/071 (Alabama / Jackson County)

State & Place Code: 01/57696 (Alabama / Paint Rock)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Paint Rock 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 Paint Rock, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Paint Rock. 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 Paint Rock: 35764<7>

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 Paint Rock.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jackson 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 Paint Rock. 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 81 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 75 degrees.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Paint Rock 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 Paint Rock.


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