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Census Data for Dyersburg ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Dyersburg a population of 16,389 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Dyersburg a population of 17,145 people.

The city of Dyersburg is located in Dyer County. The 2010 Census gave Dyer County a population of 38,335 people. This means that Dyersburg had 44.72% of the county's total population, making it Dyer's most populous community.

At the same time, Tennessee had a population of 6,346,105 people, meaning that Dyersburg had 0.27% of the total population of Tennessee - making it the state's 33rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Dyersburg, 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 Dyersburg reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Dyersburg 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 Dyersburg has a total area of 17.47 square miles [45.2 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Dyer County has a land area of 512 square miles [1,326.9 km²]. At 17.35 square miles [44.9 km²], Dyersburg has 3.39% 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° 2' 41"   (or 36.04°)             [Map]

Lon:   -89° 22' 40"   (or -89.38°)

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 (17,145 people) and land area (17.35 square miles [44.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Dyersburg had a population density of 981 people per square mile [379 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Dyersburg had a population of 17,452 people and a land area of 15.06 square miles [39 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,152 people per square mile [445 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 Dyersburg. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dyersburg had 7,730 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 17,145 people, this averages 2.22 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Dyersburg had a land area of 17.35 square miles [44.9 km²]. This translates to 442.6 Housing Units per square mile [170.9 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Dyersburg had 7,885 Housing Units, a population of 17,452 people and a land area of 15.06 square miles [39 km²]. This gives a density of 2.21 people per Housing Unit and 520 Housing Units per square mile [201 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 Dyersburg and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Dyer County ...

The community of Dyersburg is located in Dyer County and is the County Seat for Dyer County.

The county had a population of 38,335 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 17,145 people, Dyersburg represented 44.72% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Dyersburg has a population density of 981 people per square mile [379 people/km²], Dyer County averages 74.8 people per square mile [28.89 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Dyersburg ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]116,389-4.41%
10 mi   [16 km]219,701-3.7%
15 mi   [24 km]723,967-3.94%
20 mi   [32 km]1233,261-5.32%
25 mi   [40 km]2461,376-5.81%
30 mi   [48 km]3389,676-6.51%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Dyersburg, 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 Dyersburg. 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 15.34% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Dyersburg was 17.47 square miles [45.2 km²]. Of this total, 17.35 square miles [44.9 km²] is land, with the balance (0.66%) being water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 15.14 square miles [39.2 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 Dyersburg, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Dyersburg.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   36.044923°   (or 36°2'41" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -89.377947°   (or -89°22'40" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   36.039440°   (or 36°2'21" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -89.382766°   (or -89°22'57" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,452 feet to the northeast<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 (#2403525) to Dyersburg. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Dyersburg. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   36.043771°   (or 36°2'37" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -89.378868°   (or -89°22'43" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 500 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Dyersburg. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Dyersburg.

Miscellaneous Information for Dyersburg ...

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 Dyer County or the city of Dyersburg:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Dyersburg: 2403525

GNIS ID for Dyer County: 1639741

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: 045 (Dyer County)

Place Code: 22200 (Dyersburg)

State & County Code: 47/045 (Tennessee / Dyer County)

State & Place Code: 47/22200 (Tennessee / Dyersburg)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Dyersburg 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 Dyersburg.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Dyer 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 Dyersburg. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 324 degrees and a distance of 2,452 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 327 degrees and a distance of 500 feet.

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