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Census Data for Lisbon ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Lisbon a population of 8,846 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Lisbon a population of 9,009 people.

The community of Lisbon is located in Androscoggin County. The 2010 Census gave Androscoggin County a population of 107,702 people. This means that Lisbon had 8.36% of the county's total population, making it Androscoggin's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Maine had a population of 1,328,361 people, meaning that Lisbon had 0.68% of the total population of Maine - making it the state's 26th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Lisbon, 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 community.

Things like the population, area and housing for Lisbon reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Lisbon 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 Lisbon has a total area of 23.83 square miles [61.7 km²]. Of this total, 22.82 square miles [59.1 km²] is land, with the balance (4.22%) being water (1 square miles [2.6 km²]).

Androscoggin County has a land area of 467.9 square miles [1,211.9 km²]. At 22.82 square miles [59.1 km²], Lisbon has 4.88% 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:   44° 1' 10"   (or 44.02°)             [Map]

Lon:   -70° 4' 44"   (or -70.08°)

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 (9,009 people) and land area (22.82 square miles [59.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Lisbon had a population density of 378.1 people per square mile [146 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Lisbon had a population of 9,077 people and a land area of 23.61 square miles [61.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 375.7 people per square mile [145.1 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Lisbon. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lisbon had 3,948 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 9,009 people, this averages 2.28 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Lisbon had a land area of 22.82 square miles [59.1 km²]. This translates to 165.7 Housing Units per square mile [64 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Lisbon had 3,789 Housing Units, a population of 9,077 people and a land area of 23.61 square miles [61.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.4 people per Housing Unit and 156.8 Housing Units per square mile [60.6 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 Lisbon 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).

Androscoggin County ...

Lisbon is located in Androscoggin County.

The county had a population of 107,702 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 9,009 people, Lisbon represented 8.36% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Lisbon has a population density of 378.1 people per square mile [146 people/km²], Androscoggin County averages 230.2 people per square mile [88.9 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Lisbon ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]348,926-1.06%
10 mi   [16 km]12121,261+0.2%
15 mi   [24 km]23176,434+0.68%
20 mi   [32 km]40243,968+0.84%
25 mi   [40 km]64390,533+1.08%
30 mi   [48 km]84510,999+1.27%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Lisbon, 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 Lisbon. 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 1.38% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Lisbon was 23.83 square miles [61.7 km²]. Of this total, 22.82 square miles [59.1 km²] is land, with the balance (4.22%) being water (1 square miles [2.6 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 24.16 square miles [62.6 km²]. Of this total, 23.61 square miles [61.1 km²] is land, with the balance (2.33%) being water (0.55 square miles [1.4 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   44.019495°   (or 44°1'10" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -70.078932°   (or -70°4'44" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   44.022443°   (or 44°1'20" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -70.079777°   (or -70°4'47" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,097 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 (#582563) to Lisbon. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Lisbon. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   44.031465°   (or 44°1'53" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -70.104497°   (or -70°6'16" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 7,997 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Lisbon. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Lisbon.

Miscellaneous Information for Lisbon ...

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 Androscoggin County or the community of Lisbon:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Lisbon: 582563

GNIS ID for Androscoggin County: 581286

GNIS ID for Maine: 1779787

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 23 (Maine)

County Code: 001 (Androscoggin County)

Place Code: 40000 (Lisbon)

State & County Code: 23/001 (Maine / Androscoggin County)

State & Place Code: 23/40000 (Maine / Lisbon)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Lisbon is located in Census Region #1 (the Northeast Region) and Division #1 (the New England 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 community like Lisbon, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Lisbon. 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 Lisbon: 04250<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 Lisbon.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Maine

About Androscoggin County

About Maine

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 Lisbon: www.lisbonme.org/

The official website for State of Maine: www.maine.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 191 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 236 degrees.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Lisbon.