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Census Data for Lexington ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Lexington a population of 708 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Lexington a population of 735 people.

The town of Lexington is located in Lauderdale County. The 2010 Census gave Lauderdale County a population of 92,709 people. This means that Lexington had 0.79% of the county's total population, making it Lauderdale's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Lexington had 0.02% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 292nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Lexington, 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 Lexington reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Lexington 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 Lexington has a total area of 3.24 square miles [8.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).

Lauderdale County has a land area of 667 square miles [1,729.3 km²]. At 3.24 square miles [8.4 km²], Lexington has 0.48% 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:   34° 57' 33"   (or 34.96°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 22' 22"   (or -87.37°)

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 (735 people) and land area (3.24 square miles [8.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Lexington had a population density of 226.8 people per square mile [87.6 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Lexington had a population of 840 people and a land area of 3.21 square miles [8.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 261.5 people per square mile [101 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 Lexington. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lexington had 376 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 735 people, this averages 1.95 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Lexington had a land area of 3.24 square miles [8.4 km²]. This translates to 116 Housing Units per square mile [44.79 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Lexington had 394 Housing Units, a population of 840 people and a land area of 3.21 square miles [8.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.13 people per Housing Unit and 122.6 Housing Units per square mile [47.35 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 Lexington and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Lauderdale County ...

The community of Lexington is located in Lauderdale County.

The county had a population of 92,709 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 735 people, Lexington represented 0.79% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Lexington has a population density of 226.8 people per square mile [87.6 people/km²], Lauderdale County averages 138.8 people per square mile [53.6 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Lexington ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1708-3.67%
10 mi   [16 km]54,800+0.63%
15 mi   [24 km]97,050+1.6%
20 mi   [32 km]1561,270+2.53%
25 mi   [40 km]23102,914+2.23%
30 mi   [48 km]29135,764+5.53%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Lexington, 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 Lexington. 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 0.89% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Lexington was 3.24 square miles [8.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 3.21 square miles [8.3 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 Lexington, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Lexington.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.959351°   (or 34°57'33" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.372830°   (or -87°22'22" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.966115°   (or 34°57'58" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.372892°   (or -87°22'22" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,466 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 (#2406013) to Lexington. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Lexington. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.965221°   (or 34°57'54" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.373515°   (or -87°22'24" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,149 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Lexington. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Lexington.

Miscellaneous Information for Lexington ...

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 Lauderdale County or the town of Lexington:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Lexington: 2406013

GNIS ID for Lauderdale County: 161564

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: 077 (Lauderdale County)

Place Code: 42640 (Lexington)

State & County Code: 01/077 (Alabama / Lauderdale County)

State & Place Code: 01/42640 (Alabama / Lexington)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Lexington 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 Lexington, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Lexington. 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 Lexington: 35648<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 Lexington.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

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 2018.

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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 180 degrees and a distance of 2,466 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 185 degrees and a distance of 2,149 feet.

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

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