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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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Census Data for Vestavia Hills ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Vestavia Hills a population of 34,688 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Vestavia Hills a population of 34,033 people.

The city of Vestavia Hills is located in Jefferson County. The 2010 Census gave Jefferson County a population of 658,466 people. This means that Vestavia Hills had 5.17% of the county's total population, making it Jefferson's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Vestavia Hills had 0.71% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 13th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Vestavia Hills, 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 Vestavia Hills reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Vestavia Hills 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 Vestavia Hills has a total area of 19.63 square miles [50.8 km²]. Of this total, 19.41 square miles [50.3 km²] is land, with the balance (1.11%) being water (0.22 square miles [0.6 km²]).

Jefferson County has a land area of 1,111 square miles [2,878.2 km²]. At 19.41 square miles [50.3 km²], Vestavia Hills has 1.75% 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° 27' 44"   (or 33.46°)             [Map]

Lon:   -86° 44' 22"   (or -86.74°)

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 (34,033 people) and land area (19.41 square miles [50.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Vestavia Hills had a population density of 1,733 people per square mile [669 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Vestavia Hills had a population of 24,476 people and a land area of 14.63 square miles [37.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,671 people per square mile [645 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 Vestavia Hills. 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, Vestavia Hills had 14,952 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 34,033 people, this averages 2.28 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Vestavia Hills had a land area of 19.41 square miles [50.3 km²]. This translates to 761 Housing Units per square mile [294.1 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Vestavia Hills had 10,523 Housing Units, a population of 24,476 people and a land area of 14.63 square miles [37.9 km²]. This gives a density of 2.33 people per Housing Unit and 718 Housing Units per square mile [277.5 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 Vestavia Hills 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).

Jefferson County ...

Vestavia Hills is primarily located in Jefferson County. A portion of Vestavia Hills extends into Shelby County.

The county had a population of 658,466 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 34,033 people, Vestavia Hills represented 5.17% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Vestavia Hills has a population density of 1,733 people per square mile [669 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 Vestavia Hills ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]380,891+1.61%
10 mi   [16 km]12440,358+1.32%
15 mi   [24 km]24591,416+2.02%
20 mi   [32 km]35638,471+2.01%
25 mi   [40 km]49690,022+2.33%
30 mi   [48 km]58713,225+2.54%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Vestavia Hills, 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 Vestavia Hills. 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 34.08% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Vestavia Hills was 19.63 square miles [50.8 km²]. Of this total, 19.41 square miles [50.3 km²] is land, with the balance (1.11%) being water (0.22 square miles [0.6 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 14.64 square miles [37.9 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 Vestavia Hills, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Vestavia Hills.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   33.462496°   (or 33°27'44" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.739508°   (or -86°44'22" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   33.433057°   (or 33°25'59" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.778894°   (or -86°46'44" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3 miles to the northeast<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 (#2405646) to Vestavia Hills. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Vestavia Hills. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   33.453880°   (or 33°27'13" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -86.739704°   (or -86°44'22" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 3,141 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Vestavia Hills. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Vestavia Hills.

Miscellaneous Information for Vestavia Hills ...

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 Jefferson County or the city of Vestavia Hills:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Vestavia Hills: 2405646

GNIS ID for Jefferson County: 161562

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: 073 (Jefferson County)

Place Code: 78552 (Vestavia Hills)

State & County Code: 01/073 (Alabama / Jefferson County)

State & Place Code: 01/78552 (Alabama / Vestavia Hills)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Vestavia Hills 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 Vestavia Hills.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

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)

The official website for Vestavia Hills: www.vestaviahills.net/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.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 311 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 358 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vestavia Hills.