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Grove Hill, Alabama
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Census Data for Grove Hill ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Grove Hill a population of 1,478 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Grove Hill a population of 1,570 people.

The town of Grove Hill is located in Clarke County. The 2010 Census gave Clarke County a population of 25,833 people. This means that Grove Hill had 6.08% of the county's total population, making it Clarke's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Grove Hill had 0.03% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 209th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Grove Hill, 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 Grove Hill reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Grove Hill 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 Grove Hill has a total area of 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Clarke County has a land area of 1,238 square miles [3,207.6 km²]. At 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²], Grove Hill has 0.4% 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:   31° 42' 8"   (or 31.7°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 46' 25"   (or -87.77°)

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 (1,570 people) and land area (4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Grove Hill had a population density of 315.8 people per square mile [121.9 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Grove Hill had a population of 1,438 people and a land area of 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 289.5 people per square mile [111.8 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 Grove Hill. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Grove Hill had 731 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,570 people, this averages 2.15 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Grove Hill had a land area of 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]. This translates to 147.1 Housing Units per square mile [56.8 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Grove Hill had 684 Housing Units, a population of 1,438 people and a land area of 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]. This gives a density of 2.1 people per Housing Unit and 137.7 Housing Units per square mile [53.2 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Grove Hill and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Clarke County ...

Grove Hill is located in Clarke County and is the County Seat for Clarke County.

The county had a population of 25,833 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,570 people, Grove Hill represented 6.08% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Grove Hill has a population density of 315.8 people per square mile [121.9 people/km²], Clarke County averages 20.86 people per square mile [8.05 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Grove Hill ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]11,478-5.86%
10 mi   [16 km]21,736-5.75%
15 mi   [24 km]410,645-5.62%
20 mi   [32 km]510,979-5.61%
25 mi   [40 km]712,067-5.68%
30 mi   [48 km]1119,886-6.16%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Grove Hill, 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 Grove Hill. 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 Grove Hill was 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 4.97 square miles [12.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   31.702294°   (or 31°42'8" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.773845°   (or -87°46'25" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   31.706137°   (or 31°42'22" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.774274°   (or -87°46'27" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,407 feet to the south<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 (#2406623) to Grove Hill. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Grove Hill. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   31.703259°   (or 31°42'11" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.775863°   (or -87°46'33" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 718 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Grove Hill. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Grove Hill.

Miscellaneous Information for Grove Hill ...

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 Clarke County or the town of Grove Hill:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Grove Hill: 2406623

GNIS ID for Clarke County: 161538

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: 025 (Clarke County)

Place Code: 32080 (Grove Hill)

State & County Code: 01/025 (Alabama / Clarke County)

State & Place Code: 01/32080 (Alabama / Grove Hill)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Grove Hill 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 Grove Hill, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Grove Hill. 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 Grove Hill: 36451<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 Grove Hill.

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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)

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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 185 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 240 degrees.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grove Hill.