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Census Data for Lipscomb ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Lipscomb a population of 2,149 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Lipscomb a population of 2,210 people.
The city of Lipscomb is located in Jefferson County. The 2010 Census gave Jefferson County a population of 658,466 people. This means that Lipscomb had 0.34% of the county's total population, making it Jefferson's 24th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Lipscomb, 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 city.
Things like the population, area and housing for Lipscomb reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Lipscomb 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 Lipscomb has a total area of 1.17 square miles [3 km²].
Jefferson County has a land area of 1,111 square miles [2,878.2 km²]. At 1.17 square miles [3 km²], Lipscomb has 0.11% 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: 33° 25' 33" (or 33.43°) [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 (2,210 people) and land area (1.17 square miles [3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Lipscomb had a population density of 1,882 people per square mile [726 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Lipscomb had a population of 2,458 people and a land area of 1.14 square miles [2.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 2,163 people per square mile [835 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 Lipscomb. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Lipscomb had 950 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,210 people, this averages 2.33 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Lipscomb had a land area of 1.17 square miles [3 km²]. This translates to 809 Housing Units per square mile [312.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Lipscomb had 1,108 Housing Units, a population of 2,458 people and a land area of 1.14 square miles [2.9 km²]. This gives a density of 2.22 people per Housing Unit and 975 Housing Units per square mile [376.6 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 Lipscomb 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).
Jefferson County ...
Lipscomb is located in Jefferson County.
The county had a population of 658,466 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,210 people, Lipscomb represented 0.34% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Lipscomb has a population density of 1,882 people per square mile [726 people/km²], Jefferson County averages 592 people per square mile [228.8 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Jefferson County.
Population Rings for Lipscomb ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Lipscomb and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Lipscomb. 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 Lipscomb, 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 Lipscomb. 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.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 3.34% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Lipscomb was 1.17 square miles [3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.14 square miles [2.9 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 Lipscomb, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Lipscomb.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 33.426054° (or 33°25'33" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 33.427308° (or 33°25'38" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,173 feet to the southwest<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 (#2404936) to Lipscomb. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Lipscomb. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 33.426054° (or 33°25'33" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.79 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Lipscomb. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Lipscomb.
Miscellaneous Information for Lipscomb ...
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 Jefferson County or the city of Lipscomb:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Lipscomb:
GNIS ID for Lipscomb: 2404936
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 01 (Alabama)
County Code: 073 (Jefferson County)
Place Code: 43336 (Lipscomb)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Lipscomb 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 Lipscomb.
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Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/
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: 17 Jul 2019