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Census Data for Fairview ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Fairview a population of 8,999 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Fairview a population of 7,720 people.

The city of Fairview is located in Williamson County. The 2010 Census gave Williamson County a population of 183,182 people. This means that Fairview had 4.21% of the county's total population, making it Williamson's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Tennessee had a population of 6,346,105 people, meaning that Fairview had 0.12% of the total population of Tennessee - making it the state's 70th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Fairview, 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 Fairview reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Fairview 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 Fairview has a total area of 16.92 square miles [43.8 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Williamson County has a land area of 582 square miles [1,508.9 km²]. At 16.89 square miles [43.7 km²], Fairview has 2.9% 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° 58' 56"   (or 35.98°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 7' 37"   (or -87.13°)

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 (7,720 people) and land area (16.89 square miles [43.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Fairview had a population density of 456.3 people per square mile [176.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Fairview had a population of 5,800 people and a land area of 14.11 square miles [36.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 409.9 people per square mile [158.3 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 Fairview. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect 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, Fairview had 2,900 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 7,720 people, this averages 2.66 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Fairview had a land area of 16.89 square miles [43.7 km²]. This translates to 171.4 Housing Units per square mile [66.2 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Fairview had 2,245 Housing Units, a population of 5,800 people and a land area of 14.11 square miles [36.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.58 people per Housing Unit and 158.7 Housing Units per square mile [61.3 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 Fairview 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).

Williamson County ...

The community of Fairview is located in Williamson County.

The county had a population of 183,182 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 7,720 people, Fairview represented 4.21% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Fairview has a population density of 456.3 people per square mile [176.2 people/km²], Williamson County averages 314.4 people per square mile [121.4 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Fairview ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]18,999+16.57%
10 mi   [16 km]417,434+10.52%
15 mi   [24 km]7115,376+22.39%
20 mi   [32 km]15223,970+24.02%
25 mi   [40 km]19267,847+21.84%
30 mi   [48 km]23279,300+21.18%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Fairview, 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 Fairview. 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 19.58% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Fairview was 16.92 square miles [43.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 14.15 square miles [36.6 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 Fairview, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Fairview.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   35.982389°   (or 35°58'56" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.127020°   (or -87°7'37" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   35.982071°   (or 35°58'55" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.129133°   (or -87°7'44" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 634 feet to the east<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 (#2403594) to Fairview. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Fairview. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   35.982963°   (or 35°58'58" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.126002°   (or -87°7'33" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 366 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Fairview. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Fairview.

Miscellaneous Information for Fairview ...

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 Williamson County or the city of Fairview:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Fairview: 2403594

GNIS ID for Williamson County: 1639801

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: 187 (Williamson County)

Place Code: 25440 (Fairview)

State & County Code: 47/187 (Tennessee / Williamson County)

State & Place Code: 47/25440 (Tennessee / Fairview)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Fairview 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 Fairview.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Tennessee

About Williamson County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Fairview:

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 280 degrees and a distance of 634 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 124 degrees and a distance of 366 feet.

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