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Census Data for Russellville ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Russellville a population of 9,697 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Russellville a population of 9,830 people.

The city of Russellville is located in Franklin County. The 2010 Census gave Franklin County a population of 31,704 people. This means that Russellville had 31.01% of the county's total population, making it Franklin's most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Russellville had 0.21% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 63rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Russellville, 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 Russellville reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Russellville 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 Russellville has a total area of 13.51 square miles [35 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.11 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Franklin County has a land area of 633 square miles [1,641.6 km²]. At 13.4 square miles [34.7 km²], Russellville has 2.11% 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:   34° 30' 20"   (or 34.51°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 43' 41"   (or -87.73°)

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 (9,830 people) and land area (13.4 square miles [34.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Russellville had a population density of 727 people per square mile [281 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Russellville had a population of 8,971 people and a land area of 13.23 square miles [34.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 671 people per square mile [259.4 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 Russellville. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Russellville had 4,086 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 9,830 people, this averages 2.41 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Russellville had a land area of 13.4 square miles [34.7 km²]. This translates to 302.5 Housing Units per square mile [116.8 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Russellville had 3,882 Housing Units, a population of 8,971 people and a land area of 13.23 square miles [34.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.31 people per Housing Unit and 290.7 Housing Units per square mile [112.3 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 Russellville 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).

Franklin County ...

The city of Russellville is located in Franklin County and is the County Seat for Franklin County.

The county had a population of 31,704 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 9,830 people, Russellville represented 31.01% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Russellville has a population density of 727 people per square mile [281 people/km²], Franklin County averages 50 people per square mile [19.31 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Russellville ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]19,697-1.35%
10 mi   [16 km]311,938-0.43%
15 mi   [24 km]521,378-0.48%
20 mi   [32 km]1251,126+0.78%
25 mi   [40 km]19100,583+0.74%
30 mi   [48 km]26111,398+0.3%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Russellville, 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 Russellville. 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 1.15% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Russellville was 13.51 square miles [35 km²]. Of this total, 13.4 square miles [34.7 km²] is land, with the balance (0.78%) being water (0.11 square miles [0.3 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 13.35 square miles [34.6 km²]. Of this total, 13.23 square miles [34.3 km²] is land, with the balance (0.88%) being water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.505737°   (or 34°30'20" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.728192°   (or -87°43'41" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.510344°   (or 34°30'37" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.728248°   (or -87°43'41" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,679 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 (#2404657) to Russellville. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Russellville. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.505995°   (or 34°30'21" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.728038°   (or -87°43'40" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 104.8 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Russellville. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Russellville.

Miscellaneous Information for Russellville ...

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 Franklin County or the city of Russellville:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Russellville: 2404657

GNIS ID for Franklin County: 161555

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: 059 (Franklin County)

Place Code: 67056 (Russellville)

State & County Code: 01/059 (Alabama / Franklin County)

State & Place Code: 01/67056 (Alabama / Russellville)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Russellville 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 city like Russellville, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Russellville. 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 Russellville: 35653-35654<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 Russellville.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Russellville:

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 2017.

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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 1,679 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 153 degrees and a distance of 104.8 feet.

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

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