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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Pell City a population of 13,794 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Pell City a population of 12,695 people.

The city of Pell City is located in Saint Clair County. The 2010 Census gave Saint Clair County a population of 83,593 people. This means that Pell City had 15.19% of the county's total population, making it Saint Clair's most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Pell City had 0.27% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 52nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Pell City, 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 city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Pell City reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Pell City 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 Pell City has a total area of 27.51 square miles [71.2 km²]. Of this total, 24.75 square miles [64.1 km²] is land, with the balance (10.02%) being water (2.76 square miles [7.1 km²]).

Saint Clair County has a land area of 784 square miles [2,033 km²]. At 24.75 square miles [64.1 km²], Pell City has 3.15% 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° 33' 38"   (or 33.56°)             [Map]

Lon:   -86° 16' 7"   (or -86.27°)

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 (12,695 people) and land area (24.75 square miles [64.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Pell City had a population density of 461.5 people per square mile [178.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Pell City had a population of 9,565 people and a land area of 24.57 square miles [63.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 352.1 people per square mile [135.9 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 Pell City. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, Pell City had 5,784 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 12,695 people, this averages 2.19 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Pell City had a land area of 24.75 square miles [64.1 km²]. This translates to 210.3 Housing Units per square mile [81.2 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Pell City had 4,275 Housing Units, a population of 9,565 people and a land area of 24.57 square miles [63.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.24 people per Housing Unit and 157.4 Housing Units per square mile [60.8 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 Pell City 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).

Saint Clair County ...

The community of Pell City is located in Saint Clair County.

The county had a population of 83,593 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 12,695 people, Pell City represented 15.19% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Pell City has a population density of 461.5 people per square mile [178.2 people/km²], Saint Clair County averages 106.5 people per square mile [41.12 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Pell City ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]216,110+8.1%
10 mi   [16 km]426,344+6.42%
15 mi   [24 km]1171,530+4.63%
20 mi   [32 km]17110,261+4.64%
25 mi   [40 km]26153,291+3.24%
30 mi   [48 km]45523,471+0.98%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Pell City, 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 Pell City. 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 1.25% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Pell City was 27.51 square miles [71.2 km²]. Of this total, 24.75 square miles [64.1 km²] is land, with the balance (10.02%) being water (2.76 square miles [7.1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 27.17 square miles [70.4 km²]. Of this total, 24.57 square miles [63.6 km²] is land, with the balance (9.45%) being water (2.6 square miles [6.7 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   33.560781°   (or 33°33'38" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.268757°   (or -86°16'7" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   33.570907°   (or 33°34'15" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.273845°   (or -86°16'25" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,002 feet to the southeast<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 (#2404499) to Pell City. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Pell City. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   33.560961°   (or 33°33'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.267490°   (or -86°16'2" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 390.5 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Pell City. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Pell City.

Miscellaneous Information for Pell City ...

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 Saint Clair County or the city of Pell City:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Pell City: 2404499

GNIS ID for Saint Clair County: 164997

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: 115 (Saint Clair County)

Place Code: 58896 (Pell City)

State & County Code: 01/115 (Alabama / Saint Clair County)

State & Place Code: 01/58896 (Alabama / Pell City)

Misc. Census Codes ...

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

US Postal Service ZIP Codes ...

While some people have used ZIP codes to identify a community, the ZIP codes were actually created to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although a ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Pell City, they do identify addresses that are in (or near) the city. It's important to remember that the boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

Our list of ZIP codes for Pell City :  & .<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 Pell City.

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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)

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

The official website for Saint Clair County: www.stclairco.com/

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 202 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 99 degrees.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Pell City 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 Pell City.