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Powell, Alabama
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Census Data for Powell ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives Powell a population of 957 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Powell a population of 955 people.

The town of Powell is located in DeKalb County. The 2010 Census gave DeKalb County a population of 71,109 people. This means that Powell had 1.34% of the county's total population, making it DeKalb's 8th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Powell had 0.02% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 263rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Powell, 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 Powell reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;Powell 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 Powell has a total area of 4.96 square miles [12.9 km²].

DeKalb County has a land area of 777 square miles [2,012.7 km²]. At 4.96 square miles [12.9 km²], Powell has 0.64% 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° 32' 0"   (or 34.53°)

Lon:   -85° 53' 40"   (or -85.89°)

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 (955 people) and land area (4.96 square miles [12.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Powell had a population density of 192.4 people per square mile [74.3 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Powell had a population of 926 people and a land area of 4.95 square miles [12.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 187.3 people per square mile [72.3 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 Powell. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Powell had 376 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 955 people, this averages 2.54 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Powell had a land area of 4.96 square miles [12.9 km²]. This translates to 75.8 Housing Units per square mile [29.25 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Powell had 338 Housing Units, a population of 926 people and a land area of 4.95 square miles [12.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.74 people per Housing Unit and 68.3 Housing Units per square mile [26.39 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 Powell and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

DeKalb County ...

The community of Powell is located in DeKalb County.

The county had a population of 71,109 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 955 people, Powell represented 1.34% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Powell has a population density of 192.4 people per square mile [74.3 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 Powell ...

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

RadiusNo of
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]710,209+0.91%
10 mi [16 km]1111,612+0.68%
15 mi [24 km]1745,193+0.33%
20 mi [32 km]2351,551+0.24%
25 mi [40 km]3287,417+0.59%
30 mi [48 km]43111,404+0.59%

US Census QuickFacts ...

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

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

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

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 Powell, 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 Powell. 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 Powell was 4.96 square miles [12.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 4.95 square miles [12.8 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 Powell, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Powell.

For the 2000 Censuses, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.533483°   (or 34°32'0" N)

Lon:   -85.894598°   (or -85°53'40" W)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2407153) to Powell. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Powell. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.532493°   (or 34°31'56" N)

Lon:   -85.897931°   (or -85°53'52" W)

The GSP location given for the 2000 Census lies 1,064 feet to the east<5> of the point given by the GNIS for Powell. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Powell.

Miscellaneous Information for Powell ...

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 Powell:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Powell: 2407153

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: 62075 (Powell)

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

State & Place Code: 01/62075 (Alabama / Powell)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Powell 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 Powell.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

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 GNIS point is 289 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Powell.


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