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Census Data for Smithville ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Smithville a population of 4,793 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Smithville a population of 4,530 people.

The city of Smithville is located in DeKalb County. The 2010 Census gave DeKalb County a population of 18,723 people. This means that Smithville had 24.19% of the county's total population, making it DeKalb's most populous community.

At the same time, Tennessee had a population of 6,346,105 people, meaning that Smithville had 0.07% of the total population of Tennessee - making it the state's 104th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Smithville, 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 Smithville reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Smithville 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 Smithville has a total area of 5.91 square miles [15.3 km²].

DeKalb County has a land area of 304.3 square miles [788.3 km²]. At 5.91 square miles [15.3 km²], Smithville has 1.94% 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° 57' 29"   (or 35.96°)             [Map]

Lon:   -85° 49' 16"   (or -85.82°)

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 (4,530 people) and land area (5.91 square miles [15.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Smithville had a population density of 766 people per square mile [296 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Smithville had a population of 3,994 people and a land area of 5.88 square miles [15.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 679 people per square mile [262.3 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 Smithville. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Smithville had 2,040 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 4,530 people, this averages 2.22 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Smithville had a land area of 5.91 square miles [15.3 km²]. This translates to 345.3 Housing Units per square mile [133.3 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Smithville had 1,837 Housing Units, a population of 3,994 people and a land area of 5.88 square miles [15.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.17 people per Housing Unit and 312.5 Housing Units per square mile [120.6 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 Smithville and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

DeKalb County ...

The community of Smithville is located in DeKalb County and is the County Seat for DeKalb County.

The county had a population of 18,723 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 4,530 people, Smithville represented 24.19% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Smithville has a population density of 766 people per square mile [296 people/km²], DeKalb County averages 61.5 people per square mile [23.75 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Smithville ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]14,793+5.81%
10 mi   [16 km]35,516+6.18%
15 mi   [24 km]56,779+5.43%
20 mi   [32 km]1333,328+2.63%
25 mi   [40 km]1873,343+6.55%
30 mi   [48 km]2178,840+7.38%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Smithville, 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 Smithville. 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 ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Smithville was 5.91 square miles [15.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 5.88 square miles [15.2 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 Smithville, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Smithville.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   35.958313°   (or 35°57'29" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -85.821149°   (or -85°49'16" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   35.957191°   (or 35°57'25" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -85.820756°   (or -85°49'14" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 425.2 feet to the north<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 (#2405477) to Smithville. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Smithville. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   35.958121°   (or 35°57'29" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -85.820931°   (or -85°49'15" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 95.1 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Smithville. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Smithville.

Miscellaneous Information for Smithville ...

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 DeKalb County or the city of Smithville:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Smithville: 2405477

GNIS ID for DeKalb County: 1639738

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: 041 (DeKalb County)

Place Code: 69320 (Smithville)

State & County Code: 47/041 (Tennessee / DeKalb County)

State & Place Code: 47/69320 (Tennessee / Smithville)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Smithville 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 Smithville, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Smithville. 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 Smithville: 37166<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 Smithville.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Tennessee Community

About DeKalb County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Smithville:

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.
<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.
<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).
<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.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 15 degrees and a distance of 425.2 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 42 degrees and a distance of 95.1 feet.
<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Smithville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).






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