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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Cleveland a population of 1,308 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Cleveland a population of 1,303 people.

The town of Cleveland is located in Blount County. The 2010 Census gave Blount County a population of 57,322 people. This means that Cleveland had 2.27% of the county's total population, making it Blount's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Cleveland had 0.03% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 225th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Cleveland, 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 Cleveland reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Cleveland 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 Cleveland has a total area of 7.89 square miles [20.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Blount County has a land area of 644 square miles [1,670 km²]. At 7.84 square miles [20.3 km²], Cleveland has 1.22% 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° 59' 59"   (or 34°)             [Map]

Lon:   -86° 33' 47"   (or -86.56°)

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 (1,303 people) and land area (7.84 square miles [20.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Cleveland had a population density of 165.1 people per square mile [63.8 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Cleveland had a population of 1,241 people and a land area of 6.88 square miles [17.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 179.2 people per square mile [69.2 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 Cleveland. 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, Cleveland had 504 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,303 people, this averages 2.59 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Cleveland had a land area of 7.84 square miles [20.3 km²]. This translates to 63.9 Housing Units per square mile [24.66 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Cleveland had 492 Housing Units, a population of 1,241 people and a land area of 6.88 square miles [17.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.52 people per Housing Unit and 71 Housing Units per square mile [27.43 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 Cleveland 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).

Blount County ...

The community of Cleveland is located in Blount County.

The county had a population of 57,322 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,303 people, Cleveland represented 2.27% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Cleveland has a population density of 165.1 people per square mile [63.8 people/km²], Blount County averages 88.9 people per square mile [34.33 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Cleveland ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]43,637-0.3%
10 mi   [16 km]913,373+0.72%
15 mi   [24 km]1721,996+6.85%
20 mi   [32 km]2855,733+5.37%
25 mi   [40 km]38108,823+5.47%
30 mi   [48 km]50195,939+4.22%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Cleveland, 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 Cleveland. 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 ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 13.92% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Cleveland was 7.89 square miles [20.4 km²]. Of this total, 7.84 square miles [20.3 km²] is land, with the balance (0.65%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 6.93 square miles [17.9 km²]. Of this total, 6.88 square miles [17.8 km²] is land, with the balance (0.63%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   33.999980°   (or 33°59'59" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.563117°   (or -86°33'47" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   33.992035°   (or 33°59'31" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.576062°   (or -86°34'33" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,868 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 (#2406278) to Cleveland. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Cleveland. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   33.996529°   (or 33°59'47" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.569554°   (or -86°34'10" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,317 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Cleveland. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Cleveland.

Miscellaneous Information for Cleveland ...

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 Blount County or the town of Cleveland:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Cleveland: 2406278

GNIS ID for Blount County: 161530

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: 009 (Blount County)

Place Code: 15472 (Cleveland)

State & County Code: 01/009 (Alabama / Blount County)

State & Place Code: 01/15472 (Alabama / Cleveland)

Misc. Census Codes ...

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

The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a town like Cleveland, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Cleveland. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

The ZIP code for Cleveland: 35049<7>

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 Cleveland.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cleveland. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Blount County:

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

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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 2017.

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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 angle) to the 2010 Census location is 306 degrees and a distance of 4,868 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 302 degrees and a distance of 2,317 feet.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Cleveland or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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