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Census Data for Tarrant (aka 'Tarrant City') ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives Tarrant a population of 6,210 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Tarrant a population of 6,397 people.

The city of Tarrant is located in Jefferson County. The 2010 Census gave Jefferson County a population of 658,466 people. This means that Tarrant had 0.97% of the county's total population, making it Jefferson's 18th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Tarrant had 0.13% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 88th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Tarrant, 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 Tarrant reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of&$160;Tarrant 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 Tarrant has a total area of 6.39 square miles [16.5 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Jefferson County has a land area of 1,111 square miles [2,878.2 km²]. At 6.36 square miles [16.5 km²], Tarrant has 0.57% 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:   33° 35' 15"   (or 33.59°)

Lon:   -86° 45' 58"   (or -86.77°)

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 (6,397 people) and land area (6.36 square miles [16.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Tarrant had a population density of 1,001 people per square mile [386.6 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Tarrant had a population of 7,022 people and a land area of 6.36 square miles [16.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,098 people per square mile [424 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 Tarrant. 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 differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Tarrant had 2,804 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 6,397 people, this averages 2.28 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Tarrant had a land area of 6.36 square miles [16.5 km²]. This translates to 438.9 Housing Units per square mile [169.5 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Tarrant had 3,277 Housing Units, a population of 7,022 people and a land area of 6.36 square miles [16.5 km²]. This gives a density of 2.14 people per Housing Unit and 512 Housing Units per square mile [197.9 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 Tarrant and you need to be careful when comparing 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).

Jefferson County ...

Tarrant<4> is located in Jefferson County.

The county had a population of 658,466 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 6,397 people, Tarrant represented 0.97% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Tarrant has a population density of 1,001 people per square mile [386.6 people/km²], Jefferson County averages 592 people per square mile [228.8 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Tarrant ...

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

RadiusNo of
Communities
2015
Population
Change
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]4241,430+0.22%
10 mi [16 km]12359,902+0.43%
15 mi [24 km]31551,124+1.23%
20 mi [32 km]43647,065+1.44%
25 mi [40 km]53708,698+2.06%
30 mi [48 km]65744,138+2.15%

US Census QuickFacts ...

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Although they don't create QuickFacts for all communities, they do have one for Tarrant. Not only does the QuickFact have details about Tarrant, it also contains a comparison between Tarrant and the state of Alabama.

Click here for the Tarrant QuickFact (QF-0174976).

The following communities are near Tarrant and also have Census QuickFacts:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
2015 Est.
Population
Change
Since 2010
Direction
FultondaleQF-01285529,048+7.97%   NW  
BirminghamQF-0107000212,461+0.11%   S  
GardendaleQF-012905613,711-1.31%   NW  
Center PointQF-011326416,655-1.57%   NE  
IrondaleQF-013786412,423+0.6%   SE  
Mountain BrookQF-015169620,691+1.36%   S  
PinsonQF-01606487,438+3.84%   NE  
HomewoodQF-013580025,708+2.15%   S  

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

A Census QuickFact is available for Jefferson County (QF-01073).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Jefferson County.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
2015 Est.
Population
Change
Since 2010
Direction
BibbQF-0100722,583-1.45%   SW  
BlountQF-0100957,673+0.61%   NE  
Saint ClairQF-0111587,074+4.16%   E  
ShelbyQF-01117208,713+6.99%   SE  
TuscaloosaQF-01125203,976+4.79%   SW  
WalkerQF-0112765,294-2.58%   NW  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Tarrant, 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 Tarrant. 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 Tarrant was 6.39 square miles [16.5 km²]. Of this total, 6.36 square miles [16.5 km²] is land, with the balance (0.5%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 6.39 square miles [16.6 km²]. Of this total, 6.36 square miles [16.5 km²] is land, with the balance (0.59%) being water (0.04 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Tarrant, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Tarrant.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   33.595267°   (or 33°35'42" N)

Lon:   -86.766253°   (or -86°45'58" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   33.587546°   (or 33°35'15" N)

Lon:   -86.766219°   (or -86°45'58" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,814 feet to the north<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 (#2405570) to Tarrant. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Tarrant. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   33.594533°   (or 33°35'40" N)

Lon:   -86.768002°   (or -86°46'4" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 594 feet to the northeast<7> of the point given by the GNIS for Tarrant. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Tarrant.

Miscellaneous Information for Tarrant ...

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 Jefferson County or the city of Tarrant:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Tarrant: 2405570

GNIS ID for Jefferson County: 161562

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: 073 (Jefferson County)

Place Code: 74976 (Tarrant)

State & County Code: 01/073 (Alabama / Jefferson County)

State & Place Code: 01/74976 (Alabama / Tarrant)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Tarrant 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 Tarrant.

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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 Tarrant. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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







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>Tarrant is also known as Tarrant City. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Tarrant.

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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 0 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 296 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tarrant.



 
 
 

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