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Census Data for Dresden ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Dresden a population of 2,928 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Dresden a population of 3,005 people.

The town of Dresden is located in Weakley County. The 2010 Census gave Weakley County a population of 35,021 people. This means that Dresden had 8.58% of the county's total population, making it Weakley's 2nd most populous community.

At the same time, Tennessee had a population of 6,346,105 people, meaning that Dresden had 0.05% of the total population of Tennessee - making it the state's 132nd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Dresden, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as 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 the population, area and housing for Dresden reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Dresden might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Dresden has a total area of 5.57 square miles [14.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.01 square miles [0 km²]).

Weakley County has a land area of 580 square miles [1,503.1 km²]. At 5.56 square miles [14.4 km²], Dresden has 0.96% 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 the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   36° 16' 37"   (or 36.28°)             [Map]

Lon:   -88° 41' 36"   (or -88.69°)

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 (3,005 people) and land area (5.56 square miles [14.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Dresden had a population density of 539 people per square mile [208.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Dresden had a population of 2,855 people and a land area of 5.31 square miles [13.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 536 people per square mile [207.3 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 Dresden. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dresden had 1,377 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 3,005 people, this averages 2.18 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Dresden had a land area of 5.56 square miles [14.4 km²]. This translates to 247 Housing Units per square mile [95.4 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Dresden had 1,331 Housing Units, a population of 2,855 people and a land area of 5.31 square miles [13.7 km²]. This gives a density of 2.15 people per Housing Unit and 250.3 Housing Units per square mile [96.6 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 Dresden and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Weakley County ...

The community of Dresden is located in Weakley County and is the County Seat for Weakley County.

The county had a population of 35,021 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 3,005 people, Dresden represented 8.58% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Dresden has a population density of 539 people per square mile [208.2 people/km²], Weakley County averages 60.3 people per square mile [23.3 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Dresden ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]12,928-2.56%
10 mi   [16 km]517,889-6.09%
15 mi   [24 km]824,445-4.12%
20 mi   [32 km]1743,737-3.81%
25 mi   [40 km]2673,913-3.85%
30 mi   [48 km]3480,001-3.91%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Dresden, 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 Dresden. 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 4.81% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Dresden was 5.57 square miles [14.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 5.32 square miles [13.8 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 Dresden, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Dresden.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   36.277008°   (or 36°16'37" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.693465°   (or -88°41'36" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   36.283805°   (or 36°17'1" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.698296°   (or -88°41'53" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,856 feet to the southeast<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 (#2406395) to Dresden. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Dresden. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   36.277239°   (or 36°16'38" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.693085°   (or -88°41'35" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 139.9 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Dresden. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Dresden.

Miscellaneous Information for Dresden ...

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 Weakley County or the town of Dresden:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Dresden: 2406395

GNIS ID for Weakley County: 1639799

GNIS ID for Tennessee: 1325873

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 47 (Tennessee)

County Code: 183 (Weakley County)

Place Code: 21540 (Dresden)

State & County Code: 47/183 (Tennessee / Weakley County)

State & Place Code: 47/21540 (Tennessee / Dresden)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Dresden 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 Dresden.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Weakley County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Dresden. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Weakley County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

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 2018.

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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 angle) to the 2010 Census location is 209 degrees and a distance of 2,856 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 127 degrees and a distance of 139.9 feet.

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