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Census Data for Dunlap ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Dunlap a population of 5,120 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Dunlap a population of 4,815 people.
The city of Dunlap is located in Sequatchie County. The 2010 Census gave Sequatchie County a population of 14,112 people. This means that Dunlap had 34.12% of the county's total population, making it Sequatchie's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Dunlap, 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 city.
Things like the population, area and housing for Dunlap reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Dunlap 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 Dunlap has a total area of 10.74 square miles [27.8 km²].
Sequatchie County has a land area of 265.9 square miles [688.6 km²]. At 10.74 square miles [27.8 km²], Dunlap has 4.04% 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: 35° 22' 3" (or 35.37°) [Map]
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 (4,815 people) and land area (10.74 square miles [27.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Dunlap had a population density of 448.2 people per square mile [173 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Dunlap had a population of 4,173 people and a land area of 8.62 square miles [22.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 484.2 people per square mile [186.9 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 Dunlap. 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, Dunlap had 2,122 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 4,815 people, this averages 2.27 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Dunlap had a land area of 10.74 square miles [27.8 km²]. This translates to 197.5 Housing Units per square mile [76.3 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Dunlap had 1,767 Housing Units, a population of 4,173 people and a land area of 8.62 square miles [22.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.36 people per Housing Unit and 205 Housing Units per square mile [79.2 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 Dunlap and you need to be careful when comparing 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).
Sequatchie County ...
The county had a population of 14,112 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 4,815 people, Dunlap represented 34.12% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Dunlap has a population density of 448.2 people per square mile [173 people/km²], Sequatchie County averages 53.1 people per square mile [20.49 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Sequatchie County.
Population Rings for Dunlap ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Dunlap and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Dunlap. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Dunlap, 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 Dunlap. 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.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 24.65% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Dunlap was 10.74 square miles [27.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 8.62 square miles [22.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Dunlap, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Dunlap.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 35.367630° (or 35°22'3" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 35.377236° (or 35°22'38" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,520 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 (#2403517) to Dunlap. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Dunlap. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 35.373154° (or 35°22'23" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,424 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Dunlap. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Dunlap.
Miscellaneous Information for Dunlap ...
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 Sequatchie County or the city of Dunlap:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Dunlap:
GNIS ID for Dunlap: 2403517
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 47 (Tennessee)
County Code: 153 (Sequatchie County)
Place Code: 22000 (Dunlap)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Dunlap is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East 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 Dunlap, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Dunlap. 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 Dunlap: 37327<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 Dunlap.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Dunlap: www.cityofdunlap.com/
The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/
The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)
The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 15 Nov 2019