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Census Data for Spanish Fort ...

Population ...

The last Decennial Census<1> was in 2010, giving Spanish Fort a population of 6,798 people.

The city of Spanish Fort is located in Baldwin County. The 2010 Census gave Baldwin County a population of 182,265 people. This means that Spanish Fort had 3.73% of the county's total population, making it Baldwin's 6th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Spanish Fort had 0.14% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 82nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Spanish Fort, 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 city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Spanish Fort reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Spanish Fort 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 Spanish Fort has a total area of 33.41 square miles [86.5 km²]. Of this total, 28.7 square miles [74.3 km²] is land, with the balance (14.08%) being water (4.7 square miles [12.2 km²]).

Baldwin County has a land area of 1,589 square miles [4,117.5 km²]. At 28.7 square miles [74.3 km²], Spanish Fort has 1.81% 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:   30° 43' 19"   (or 30.72°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 52' 3"   (or -87.87°)

Population Density ...

Using the population (6,798 people) and land area (28.7 square miles [74.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Spanish Fort had a population density of 203.5 people per square mile [78.6 people/km²].

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Spanish Fort had 3,250 Housing Units<2> and with its population of 6,798 people, this averages 2.09 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Spanish Fort had a land area of 28.7 square miles [74.3 km²]. This translates to 97.3 Housing Units per square mile [37.56 housing units/km²].

Baldwin County ...

The coastal city of Spanish Fort is located in Baldwin County.

The county had a population of 182,265 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 6,798 people, Spanish Fort represented 3.73% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Spanish Fort has a population density of 203.5 people per square mile [78.6 people/km²], Baldwin County averages 114.6 people per square mile [44.27 people/km²].

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

Miscellaneous Information for Spanish Fort ...

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 Baldwin County or the city of Spanish Fort:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Spanish Fort: 2405500

GNIS ID for Baldwin County: 161527

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: 003 (Baldwin County)

Place Code: 71976 (Spanish Fort)

State & County Code: 01/003 (Alabama / Baldwin County)

State & Place Code: 01/71976 (Alabama / Spanish Fort)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Spanish Fort is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

US Postal Service ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Spanish Fort, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. It's important to remember that the boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

Our list of ZIP codes for Spanish Fort :  & .<3>

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 Spanish Fort.

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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

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The official website for Baldwin County: www.co.baldwin.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>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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<2>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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<3>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Spanish Fort 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 Spanish Fort.



 
 
 

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