Census Data for Waldo ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2015 and it gives Waldo a population of 278 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Waldo a population of 283 people.
The town of Waldo is located in Talladega County. The 2010 Census gave Talladega County a population of 82,291 people. This means that Waldo had 0.34% of the county's total population, making it Talladega's 7th most populous community.
At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Waldo, 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 Waldo reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Waldo 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 Waldo has a total area of 2.86 square miles [7.4 km²]. Of this total, 2.81 square miles [7.3 km²] is land, with the balance (1.82%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).
Talladega County has a land area of 736 square miles [1,908.2 km²]. At 2.81 square miles [7.3 km²], Waldo has 0.38% 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° 23' 13" (or 33.39°) [Map]
Lon: -86° 2' 26" (or -86.04°)
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 (283 people) and land area (2.81 square miles [7.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Waldo had a population density of 98.8 people per square mile [38.17 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Waldo had a population of 281 people and a land area of 2.84 square miles [7.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 97.9 people per square mile [37.81 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 Waldo. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Waldo had 129 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 283 people, this averages 2.19 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Waldo had a land area of 2.81 square miles [7.3 km²]. This translates to 45.06 Housing Units per square mile [17.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Waldo had 114 Housing Units, a population of 281 people and a land area of 2.84 square miles [7.4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.46 people per Housing Unit and 39.73 Housing Units per square mile [15.34 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 Waldo and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Talladega County ...
The community of Waldo is located in Talladega County.
The county had a population of 82,291 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 283 people, Waldo represented 0.34% of the county's total.
In addition, where the town of Waldo has a population density of 98.8 people per square mile [38.17 people/km²], Talladega County averages 111.7 people per square mile [43.12 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Talladega County.
Population Rings for Waldo ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Waldo and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Waldo. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
| Radius ||No of|
|5 mi [8 km]||2||15,987||+0.18%|
|10 mi [16 km]||3||17,246||---|
|15 mi [24 km]||5||25,753||+0.78%|
|20 mi [32 km]||14||84,369||+0.99%|
|25 mi [40 km]||20||113,596||+0.14%|
|30 mi [48 km]||29||138,692||+1.08%|
US Census QuickFacts ...
The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Although they haven't created a QuickFact for Waldo, there are QuickFacts available for the following nearby communities:
For more about neighboring communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Waldo. For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Waldo, see our County-by-County Page for Waldo.
A Census QuickFact is available for Talladega County (QF-01121).
Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Talladega County.
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Waldo, 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 Waldo. 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.
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 Waldo was 2.86 square miles [7.4 km²]. Of this total, 2.81 square miles [7.3 km²] is land, with the balance (1.82%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.87 square miles [7.4 km²]. Of this total, 2.84 square miles [7.4 km²] is land, with the balance (0.96%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Waldo, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Waldo.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 33.386954° (or 33°23'13" N) [Map]
Lon: -86.040728° (or -86°2'26" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 33.393674° (or 33°23'37" N) [Map]
Lon: -86.032763° (or -86°1'57" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,446 feet to the southwest<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 (#2406819) to Waldo. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Waldo. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 33.389187° (or 33°23'21" N) [Map]
Lon: -86.035987° (or -86°2'9" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,657 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Waldo. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Waldo.
Miscellaneous Information for Waldo ...
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 Talladega County or the town of Waldo:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Waldo:
GNIS ID for Waldo: 2406819
GNIS ID for Talladega County: 161586
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: 121 (Talladega County)
Place Code: 79488 (Waldo)
State & County Code: 01/121 (Alabama / Talladega County)
State & Place Code: 01/79488 (Alabama / Waldo)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Waldo 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 Waldo.
|<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 135 degrees.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 119 degrees.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Waldo.