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Census Data for Chickasaw ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Chickasaw a population of 5,908 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Chickasaw a population of 6,106 people.

The city of Chickasaw is located in Mobile County. The 2010 Census gave Mobile County a population of 412,992 people. This means that Chickasaw had 1.48% of the county's total population, making it Mobile's 5th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Chickasaw had 0.13% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 92nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Chickasaw, 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 Chickasaw reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Chickasaw 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 Chickasaw has a total area of 4.56 square miles [11.8 km²]. Of this total, 4.21 square miles [10.9 km²] is land, with the balance (7.7%) being water (0.35 square miles [0.9 km²]).

Mobile County has a land area of 1,229 square miles [3,184.2 km²]. At 4.21 square miles [10.9 km²], Chickasaw has 0.34% 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° 46' 17"   (or 30.77°)             [Map]

Lon:   -88° 4' 46"   (or -88.08°)

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 (6,106 people) and land area (4.21 square miles [10.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Chickasaw had a population density of 1,339 people per square mile [517 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Chickasaw had a population of 6,364 people and a land area of 4.43 square miles [11.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,391 people per square mile [537 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 Chickasaw. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect 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, Chickasaw had 2,879 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 6,106 people, this averages 2.12 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Chickasaw had a land area of 4.21 square miles [10.9 km²]. This translates to 631 Housing Units per square mile [243.9 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Chickasaw had 2,989 Housing Units, a population of 6,364 people and a land area of 4.43 square miles [11.5 km²]. This gives a density of 2.13 people per Housing Unit and 653 Housing Units per square mile [252.3 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 Chickasaw and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Mobile County ...

The community of Chickasaw is located in Mobile County.

The county had a population of 412,992 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 6,106 people, Chickasaw represented 1.48% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Chickasaw has a population density of 1,339 people per square mile [517 people/km²], Mobile County averages 335.9 people per square mile [129.7 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Chickasaw ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]5241,132-0.95%
10 mi   [16 km]7247,248-0.63%
15 mi   [24 km]8273,161+1.03%
20 mi   [32 km]10301,894+2.77%
25 mi   [40 km]14310,108+2.83%
30 mi   [48 km]17319,855+3.09%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Chickasaw, 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 Chickasaw. 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 Chickasaw was 4.56 square miles [11.8 km²]. Of this total, 4.21 square miles [10.9 km²] is land, with the balance (7.7%) being water (0.35 square miles [0.9 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 4.57 square miles [11.8 km²]. Of this total, 4.43 square miles [11.5 km²] is land, with the balance (3.14%) being water (0.14 square miles [0.4 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   30.771450°   (or 30°46'17" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.079697°   (or -88°4'46" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   30.764987°   (or 30°45'53" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.083713°   (or -88°5'1" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,671 feet to the northeast<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 (#2404045) to Chickasaw. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Chickasaw. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   30.771351°   (or 30°46'16" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.079129°   (or -88°4'44" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 181.6 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Chickasaw. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Chickasaw.

Miscellaneous Information for Chickasaw ...

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 Mobile County or the city of Chickasaw:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Chickasaw: 2404045

GNIS ID for Mobile County: 161575

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: 097 (Mobile County)

Place Code: 14392 (Chickasaw)

State & County Code: 01/097 (Alabama / Mobile County)

State & Place Code: 01/14392 (Alabama / Chickasaw)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Chickasaw 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 Chickasaw.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Alabama

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)

The official website for Chickasaw: www.ci.chickasaw.al.us/

The official website for Mobile County: www.mobilecounty.org/

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 2016.

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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 331 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 78 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chickasaw.