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Census Data for Brookland ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Brookland a population of 3,674 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Brookland a population of 1,642 people.

The town of Brookland is located in Craighead County. The 2010 Census gave Craighead County; a population of 96,443 people. This means that Brookland had 1.7% of the county's total population, making it Craighead's 5th most populous community.

At the same time, Arkansas had a population of 2,915,918 people, meaning that Brookland had 0.06% of the total population of Arkansas - making it the state's 151st most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Brookland has a total area of 2.05 square miles [5.3 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).

Craighead County has a land area of 707 square miles [1,831.7 km²]. At 2.04 square miles [5.3 km²], Brookland has 0.29% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Brookland, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually 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 population, area and housing for Brookland reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Brookland might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • 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:   35° 54' 18"   (or 35.91°)
    • Lon:   -90° 34' 46"   (or -90.58°)
    • 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).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Brookland had 660 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,642 people, this averages 2.49 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Brookland had a land area of 2.04 square miles [5.3 km²]. This translates to 321.6 Housing Units per square mile [124.2 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Brookland had 537 Housing Units, a population of 1,332 people and a land area of 1.09 square miles [2.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.48 people per Housing Unit and 491.9 Housing Units per square mile [189.9 housing units/km²].
    • Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Brookland and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Craighead County ...

The community of Brookland is located in Craighead County<4>.

The county had a population of 96,443 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,642 people, Brookland represented 1.7% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Brookland has a population density of 800 people per square mile [309 people/km²], Craighead County averages 136.4 people per square mile [52.7 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Brookland, 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 Brookland. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Brookland or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

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

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   35.905071°   (or 35°54'18" N)
    • Lon:   -90.579543°   (or -90°34'46" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   35.902386°   (or 35°54'8" N)
    • Lon:   -90.581591°   (or -90°34'53" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,150 feet 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 (#2405329) to Brookland. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Brookland. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   35.902607°   (or 35°54'9" N)
    • Lon:   -90.580173°   (or -90°34'48" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 917 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Brookland. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Brookland.

Miscellaneous Information for Brookland ...

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 Craighead County or the town of Brookland:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Brookland:
    • GNIS ID for Brookland: 2405329
    • GNIS ID for Craighead County: 66847
    • GNIS ID for State of Arkansas: 68085
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Brookland is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West 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 town like Brookland, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Brookland. 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 Brookland:72417<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 Brookland.

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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 2019.
<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.
<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).
<4>If you're interested in how the shape of Arkansas' counties, including Craighead, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 328 degrees and a distance of 1,150 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 348 degrees and a distance of 917 feet.
<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Brookland or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).






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