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Census Data for Fairfield Bay ...

Population ...

The last Decennial Census<1> was in 2010, which gave Fairfield Bay a population of 2,338 people.

The city of Fairfield Bay is located in Van Buren County. The 2010 Census gave Van Buren County; a population of 17,295 people. This means that Fairfield Bay had 13.52% of the county's total population, making it Van Buren's 2nd most populous community.

At the same time, Arkansas had a population of 2,915,918 people, meaning that Fairfield Bay had 0.08% of the total population of Arkansas - making it the state's 112nd most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Fairfield Bay has a total area of 15.32 square miles [39.7 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.06 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Van Buren County has a land area of 708 square miles [1,834.1 km²]. At 15.27 square miles [39.5 km²], Fairfield Bay has 2.16% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Fairfield Bay, 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 city.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Fairfield Bay reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Fairfield Bay 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° 36' 3"   (or 35.6°)
    • Lon:   -92° 15' 58"   (or -92.27°)

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fairfield Bay had 2,170 Housing Units<2> and with its population of 2,338 people, this averages 1.08 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Fairfield Bay had a land area of 15.27 square miles [39.5 km²]. This translates to 141.6 Housing Units per square mile [54.7 housing units/km²].

Van Buren County ...

Fairfield Bay is primarily located in Van Buren County<3>. A portion of Fairfield Bay extends into Cleburne County.

The county had a population of 17,295 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,338 people, Fairfield Bay represented 13.52% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Fairfield Bay has a population density of 152.6 people per square mile [58.9 people/km²], Van Buren County averages 24.42 people per square mile [9.43 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Fairfield Bay, 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 Fairfield Bay. 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 Fairfield Bay 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 Fairfield Bay, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Fairfield Bay.

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    • For the 2010 Censuses, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   35.601101°   (or 35°36'3" N)

      Lon:   -92.266208°   (or -92°15'58" W)

    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2403589) to Fairfield Bay. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Fairfield Bay. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   35.605188°   (or 35°36'18" N)
    • Lon:   -92.266030°   (or -92°15'57" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,490 feet to the south<4> of the point given by the GNIS for Fairfield Bay. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Fairfield Bay.

Miscellaneous Information for Fairfield Bay ...

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 Van Buren County or the city of Fairfield Bay:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Fairfield Bay:
    • GNIS ID for Fairfield Bay: 2403589
    • GNIS ID for Van Buren County: 69904
    • GNIS ID for State of Arkansas: 68085
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Fairfield Bay 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 city like Fairfield Bay, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Fairfield Bay. 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 Fairfield Bay:72088<5>
  • 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 Fairfield Bay.

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Footnotes ...

<1>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.
<2>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).
<3>If you're interested in how the shape of Arkansas' counties, including Van Buren, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 177 degrees and a distance of 1,490 feet.
<5>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fairfield Bay or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).






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