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Census Data for Napier Field ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Napier Field a population of 344 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Napier Field a population of 354 people.

The town of Napier Field is located in Dale County. The 2010 Census gave Dale County a population of 50,251 people. This means that Napier Field had 0.7% of the county's total population, making it Dale's 10th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Napier Field, 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 Napier Field reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Napier Field 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 Napier Field has a total area of 0.26 square miles [0.7 km²].

Dale County has a land area of 561 square miles [1,453.4 km²]. At 0.26 square miles [0.7 km²], Napier Field has 0.05% 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° 18' 53"   (or 31.31°)             [Map]

Lon:   -85° 27' 17"   (or -85.45°)

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 (354 people) and land area (0.26 square miles [0.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Napier Field had a population density of 1,366 people per square mile [527 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Napier Field had a population of 404 people and a land area of 0.27 square miles [0.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,520 people per square mile [587 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 Napier Field. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading 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, Napier Field had 209 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 354 people, this averages 1.69 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Napier Field had a land area of 0.26 square miles [0.7 km²]. This translates to 806 Housing Units per square mile [311.6 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Napier Field had 234 Housing Units, a population of 404 people and a land area of 0.27 square miles [0.7 km²]. This gives a density of 1.73 people per Housing Unit and 880 Housing Units per square mile [340.1 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 Napier Field and you need to be careful when comparing results 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).

Dale County ...

The community of Napier Field is located in Dale County.

The county had a population of 50,251 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 354 people, Napier Field represented 0.7% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Napier Field has a population density of 1,366 people per square mile [527 people/km²], Dale County averages 89.6 people per square mile [34.58 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Napier Field ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]43,879-0.61%
10 mi   [16 km]1082,647+3.84%
15 mi   [24 km]17109,925+2.64%
20 mi   [32 km]25119,521+2.28%
25 mi   [40 km]34154,304+2.61%
30 mi   [48 km]40159,692+2.56%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Napier Field, 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 Napier Field. 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 2.51% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Napier Field was 0.26 square miles [0.7 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.27 square miles [0.7 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 Napier Field, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Napier Field.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   31.314870°   (or 31°18'53" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -85.454901°   (or -85°27'17" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   31.315265°   (or 31°18'54" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -85.454340°   (or -85°27'15" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 226.4 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 (#2406224) to Napier Field. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Napier Field. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   31.314870°   (or 31°18'53" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -85.454900°   (or -85°27'17" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.79 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Napier Field. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Napier Field.

Miscellaneous Information for Napier Field ...

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 Dale County or the town of Napier Field:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Napier Field: 2406224

GNIS ID for Dale County: 161548

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: 045 (Dale County)

Place Code: 53256 (Napier Field)

State & County Code: 01/045 (Alabama / Dale County)

State & Place Code: 01/53256 (Alabama / Napier Field)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Napier Field 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 Napier Field.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 129 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 156 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Napier Field.