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Blue Springs, Alabama
Census Data for Blue Springs ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Blue Springs a population of 87 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Blue Springs a population of 96 people.
The town of Blue Springs is located in Barbour County. The 2010 Census gave Barbour County a population of 27,457 people. This means that Blue Springs had 0.35% of the county's total population, making it Barbour's 6th 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 Blue Springs, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as 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 Blue Springs reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Blue Springs might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Blue Springs has a total area of 2.9 square miles [7.5 km²].
Barbour County has a land area of 884 square miles [2,291.8 km²]. At 2.9 square miles [7.5 km²], Blue Springs has 0.33% 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 the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
Lat: 31° 39' 48" (or 31.66°) [Map]
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 (96 people) and land area (2.9 square miles [7.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Blue Springs had a population density of 33.15 people per square mile [12.8 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Blue Springs had a population of 121 people and a land area of 2.89 square miles [7.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 41.81 people per square mile [16.14 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 Blue Springs. 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, Blue Springs had 53 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 96 people, this averages 1.81 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Blue Springs had a land area of 2.9 square miles [7.5 km²]. This translates to 18.3 Housing Units per square mile [7.07 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Blue Springs had 54 Housing Units, a population of 121 people and a land area of 2.89 square miles [7.5 km²]. This gives a density of 2.24 people per Housing Unit and 18.66 Housing Units per square mile [7.2 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 Blue Springs and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Barbour County ...
The community of Blue Springs is located in Barbour County.
The county had a population of 27,457 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 96 people, Blue Springs represented 0.35% of the county's total.
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Barbour County.
Population Rings for Blue Springs ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Blue Springs and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Blue Springs. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Blue Springs, 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 Blue Springs. 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 Blue Springs was 2.9 square miles [7.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.89 square miles [7.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Blue Springs, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Blue Springs.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 31.663516° (or 31°39'48" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 31.664330° (or 31°39'51" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,379 feet to the west<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 (#2405286) to Blue Springs. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Blue Springs. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 31.663516° (or 31°39'48" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.96 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Blue Springs. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Blue Springs.
Miscellaneous Information for Blue Springs ...
The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Barbour County or the town of Blue Springs:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Blue Springs:
GNIS ID for Blue Springs: 2405286
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 01 (Alabama)
County Code: 005 (Barbour County)
Place Code: 07672 (Blue Springs)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Blue Springs 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 Blue Springs.
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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/
The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)
The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 03 Jan 2019