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Brigham City, Utah
Census Data for Brigham City ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Brigham City a population of 19,404 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Brigham City a population of 17,899 people.
The city of Brigham City is located in Box Elder County. The 2010 Census gave Box Elder County a population of 49,975 people. This means that Brigham City had 35.82% of the county's total population, making it Box Elder's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Brigham City, 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 Brigham City reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Brigham City 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 Brigham City has a total area of 24.18 square miles [62.6 km²]. Of this total, 23.84 square miles [61.7 km²] is land, with the balance (1.4%) being water (0.34 square miles [0.9 km²]).
Box Elder County has a land area of 5,745 square miles [14,880.9 km²]. At 23.84 square miles [61.7 km²], Brigham City has 0.41% 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: 41° 29' 52" (or 41.5°) [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 (17,899 people) and land area (23.84 square miles [61.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Brigham City had a population density of 740 people per square mile [285.8 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Brigham City had a population of 17,411 people and a land area of 14.31 square miles [37.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,214 people per square mile [468.9 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 Brigham City. 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, Brigham City had 6,350 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 17,899 people, this averages 2.82 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Brigham City had a land area of 23.84 square miles [61.7 km²]. This translates to 262.6 Housing Units per square mile [101.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Brigham City had 5,838 Housing Units, a population of 17,411 people and a land area of 14.31 square miles [37.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.98 people per Housing Unit and 407.2 Housing Units per square mile [157.2 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 Brigham City and you need to be careful when comparing results 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).
Box Elder County ...
The county had a population of 49,975 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 17,899 people, Brigham City represented 35.82% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Brigham City has a population density of 740 people per square mile [285.8 people/km²], Box Elder County averages 8.7 people per square mile [3.36 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Box Elder County.
Population Rings for Brigham City ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Brigham City and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Brigham City. 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 Brigham City, 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 Brigham City. 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 68.66% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Brigham City was 24.18 square miles [62.6 km²]. Of this total, 23.84 square miles [61.7 km²] is land, with the balance (1.4%) being water (0.34 square miles [0.9 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 14.34 square miles [37.1 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 Brigham City, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Brigham City.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 41.498040° (or 41°29'52" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 41.510192° (or 41°30'36" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 8,242 feet to the southwest<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 (#2409910) to Brigham City. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Brigham City. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 41.502414° (or 41°30'8" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,947 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Brigham City. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Brigham City.
Miscellaneous Information for Brigham City ...
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 Box Elder County or the city of Brigham City:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Brigham City:
GNIS ID for Brigham City: 2409910
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 49 (Utah)
County Code: 003 (Box Elder County)
Place Code: 08460 (Brigham City)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Brigham City is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #8 (the Mountain 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 Brigham City, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Brigham City. 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 Brigham City: 84302<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 Brigham City.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Brigham City: www.brigham-city.org/
The official website for Box Elder County: www.boxeldercounty.org/
The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.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: 06 Dec 2019