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Pine Ridge, Alabama

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Census Data for Pine Ridge ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives Pine Ridge a population of 283 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Pine Ridge a population of 282 people.

The town of Pine Ridge is located in DeKalb County. The 2010 Census gave DeKalb County a population of 71,109 people. This means that Pine Ridge had 0.4% of the county's total population, making it DeKalb's 14th 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 Pine Ridge, 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 Pine Ridge reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;Pine Ridge 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 Pine Ridge has a total area of 1.3 square miles [3.4 km²].

DeKalb County has a land area of 777 square miles [2,012.7 km²]. At 1.3 square miles [3.4 km²], Pine Ridge has 0.17% 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° 26' 45"   (or 34.45°)

Lon:   -85° 46' 44"   (or -85.78°)

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 (282 people) and land area (1.3 square miles [3.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Pine Ridge had a population density of 217.3 people per square mile [83.9 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Pine Ridge had a population of 243 people and a land area of 1.26 square miles [3.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 192.2 people per square mile [74.2 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 Pine Ridge. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Pine Ridge had 121 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 282 people, this averages 2.33 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Pine Ridge had a land area of 1.3 square miles [3.4 km²]. This translates to 93.2 Housing Units per square mile [35.99 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Pine Ridge had 112 Housing Units, a population of 243 people and a land area of 1.26 square miles [3.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.17 people per Housing Unit and 88.6 Housing Units per square mile [34.19 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Pine Ridge and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

DeKalb County ...

The community of Pine Ridge is located in DeKalb County.

The county had a population of 71,109 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 282 people, Pine Ridge represented 0.4% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Pine Ridge has a population density of 217.3 people per square mile [83.9 people/km²], DeKalb County averages 91.5 people per square mile [35.33 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Pine Ridge ...

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

RadiusNo of
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]419,739+1.14%
10 mi [16 km]723,573+1.06%
15 mi [24 km]1731,969+0.71%
20 mi [32 km]2653,660+0.2%
25 mi [40 km]3063,185+0.11%
30 mi [48 km]39110,521+0.57%

US Census QuickFacts ...

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

2015 Est.
Since 2010
Fort PayneQF-012761614,150+0.98%   E  
ScottsboroQF-016873614,722-0.32%   NW  
AlbertvilleQF-010098821,462+1.43%   SW  
BoazQF-01079129,688+1.43%   SW  
GuntersvilleQF-01324168,385+2.29%   W  

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

A Census QuickFact is available for DeKalb County (QF-01049).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border DeKalb County.

2015 Est.
Since 2010
CherokeeQF-0101925,859-0.5%   SE  
EtowahQF-01055103,057-1.31%   SW  
JacksonQF-0107152,419-1.52%   NW  
MarshallQF-0109594,725+1.83%   W  
Chattooga (GA)QF-1305524,922-4.2%   E  
Dade (GA)QF-1308316,264-2.22%   NE  
Walker (GA)QF-1329568,066-1%   NE  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Pine Ridge, 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 Pine Ridge. 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 2.64% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Pine Ridge was 1.3 square miles [3.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.26 square miles [3.3 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 Pine Ridge, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Pine Ridge.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.447950°   (or 34°26'52" N)

Lon:   -85.784018°   (or -85°47'2" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.445939°   (or 34°26'45" N)

Lon:   -85.779069°   (or -85°46'44" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,658 feet to the northwest<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 (#2407119) to Pine Ridge. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Pine Ridge. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.448878°   (or 34°26'55" N)

Lon:   -85.780662°   (or -85°46'50" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,064 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Pine Ridge. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Pine Ridge.

Miscellaneous Information for Pine Ridge ...

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 DeKalb County or the town of Pine Ridge:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Pine Ridge: 2407119

GNIS ID for DeKalb County: 161550

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: 049 (DeKalb County)

Place Code: 60372 (Pine Ridge)

State & County Code: 01/049 (Alabama / DeKalb County)

State & Place Code: 01/60372 (Alabama / Pine Ridge)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Pine Ridge 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 Pine Ridge.

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The official website for DeKalb 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 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 63 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 108 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pine Ridge.


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