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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Glendale a population of 203,054 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Glendale a population of 191,719 people.

The city of Glendale is located in Los Angeles County. The 2010 Census gave Los Angeles County a population of 9,818,605 people. This means that Glendale had 1.95% of the county's total population, making it Los Angeles' 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, California had a population of 37,253,956 people, meaning that Glendale had 0.51% of the total population of California - making it the state's 22nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Glendale, 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 Glendale reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Glendale 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 Glendale has a total area of 30.58 square miles [79.2 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.13 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Los Angeles County has a land area of 4,057 square miles [10,509.9 km²]. At 30.45 square miles [78.9 km²], Glendale has 0.75% 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:   34° 10' 53"   (or 34.18°)             [Map]

Lon:   -118° 14' 44"   (or -118.25°)

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 (191,719 people) and land area (30.45 square miles [78.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Glendale had a population density of 6,268 people per square mile [2,420 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Glendale had a population of 194,973 people and a land area of 30.65 square miles [79.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 6,357 people per square mile [2,454 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 Glendale. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, Glendale had 76,269 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 191,719 people, this averages 2.51 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Glendale had a land area of 30.45 square miles [78.9 km²]. This translates to 2,493 Housing Units per square mile [962 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Glendale had 73,713 Housing Units, a population of 194,973 people and a land area of 30.65 square miles [79.4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.65 people per Housing Unit and 2,403 Housing Units per square mile [927 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 Glendale 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).

Los Angeles County ...

Glendale<4> is located in Los Angeles County.

The county had a population of 9,818,605 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 191,719 people, Glendale represented 1.95% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Glendale has a population density of 6,268 people per square mile [2,420 people/km²], Los Angeles County averages 2,419 people per square mile [934 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Glendale ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Glendale and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Glendale. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<5>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]3328,301+4.12%
10 mi   [16 km]134,768,553+5.14%
15 mi   [24 km]376,001,543+4.42%
20 mi   [32 km]567,082,584+4.04%
25 mi   [40 km]828,688,109+4.08%
30 mi   [48 km]979,925,698+3.99%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Glendale, 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 Glendale. 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 ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Glendale was 30.58 square miles [79.2 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 30.67 square miles [79.4 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 Glendale, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Glendale.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   34.181393°   (or 34°10'53" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -118.245830°   (or -118°14'44" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   34.170939°   (or 34°10'15" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -118.250081°   (or -118°15'0" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,021 feet to the north<6> 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 (#2410597) to Glendale. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Glendale. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   34.181901°   (or 34°10'54" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -118.246820°   (or -118°14'48" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 351.4 feet to the southeast<7> of the point given by the GNIS for Glendale. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Glendale.

Miscellaneous Information for Glendale ...

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 Los Angeles County or the city of Glendale:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Glendale: 2410597

GNIS ID for Los Angeles County: 277283

GNIS ID for California: 1779778

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 06 (California)

County Code: 037 (Los Angeles County)

Place Code: 30000 (Glendale)

State & County Code: 06/037 (California / Los Angeles County)

State & Place Code: 06/30000 (California / Glendale)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Glendale is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #9 (the Pacific 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 Glendale, 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 Glendale :

91201, 91202, 91203, 91204, 91205, 91206, 91207, 91208, 91209, 91221, 91225, 91740 & 91741.<8>

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 Glendale.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Glendale:

The official website for Los Angeles County:

The official website for State of California:

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>Glendale was previously known as Tropico. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Glendale.

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<5>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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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 341 degrees and a distance of 4,021 feet.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 238 degrees and a distance of 351.4 feet.

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<8>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Glendale or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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