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Census Data for Albany ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2013 and it gives Albany a population of 76,185 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Albany a population of 77,434 people.

The city of Albany is located in Dougherty County. The 2010 Census gave Dougherty County a population of 94,565 people. This means that Albany had 81.9% of the county's total population, making it Dougherty's most populous community.

At the same time, Georgia had a population of 9,687,653 people, meaning that Albany had 0.8% of the total population of Georgia - making it the state's 7th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Albany, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or 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 Albany reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Albany might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Albany has a total area of 55.9 square miles [144.7 km²]. Of this total, 55.1 square miles [142.8 km²] is land, with the balance (1.36%) being water (0.76 square miles [2 km²]).

Dougherty County has a land area of 328.7 square miles [851.3 km²]. At 55.1 square miles [142.8 km²], Albany has 16.77% 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   31°34'56" N   (or 31.58° N)

Lon:   -84°9'56" W   (or -84.17° W)

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 (77,434 people) and land area (55.1 square miles [142.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Albany had a population density of 1,385 people per square mile [534 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Albany had a population of 76,939 people and a land area of 55.5 square miles [143.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,377 people per square mile [531 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 Albany. 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 differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Albany had 33,436 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 77,434 people, this averages 2.32 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Albany had a land area of 55.1 square miles [142.8 km²]. This translates to 598 Housing Units per square mile [231 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Albany had 32,062 Housing Units, a population of 76,939 people and a land area of 55.5 square miles [143.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.4 people per Housing Unit and 573 Housing Units per square mile [221.6 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 Albany 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).

Dougherty County ...

The city of Albany is located in Dougherty County and is the County Seat for Dougherty County.

The county had a population of 94,565 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 77,434 people, Albany represented 81.9% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Albany has a population density of 1,385 people per square mile [534 people/km²], Dougherty County averages 287.7 people per square mile [111.1 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Albany ...

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

RadiusNo of
Communities
2013
Population
Change
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]176,185-1.61%
10 mi [16 km]279,154-1.46%
15 mi [24 km]480,310-1.49%
20 mi [32 km]992,340-1.5%
25 mi [40 km]16102,261---
30 mi [48 km]21104,417-0.2%

US Census QuickFacts ...

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information called QuickFacts. Although they don't create QuickFacts for all communities, they do have one for Albany. Not only does the QuickFact have details about Albany, it also contains a comparison between Albany and the state of Georgia.

Click here for the Albany QuickFact (QF-1301052).

A Census QuickFact is available for Dougherty County (QF-13095).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Dougherty County.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
2013 Est.
Population
Change
Since 2010
Direction
BakerQF-130073,341-3.19%   SW  
CalhounQF-130376,523-2.55%   W  
LeeQF-1317729,071+2.73%   N  
MitchellQF-1320523,045-1.93%   S  
TerrellQF-132739,022-3.15%   NW  
WorthQF-1332121,291-1.79%   E  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Albany, 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 Albany. 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 Albany was 55.9 square miles [144.7 km²]. Of this total, 55.1 square miles [142.8 km²] is land, with the balance (1.36%) being water (0.76 square miles [2 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 55.9 square miles [144.7 km²]. Of this total, 55.5 square miles [143.8 km²] is land, with the balance (0.59%) being water (0.33 square miles [0.9 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Albany, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Albany.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   31.577669°   (or 31°34'39" N)

Lon:   -84.179453°   (or -84°10'46" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   31.582273°   (or 31°34'56" N)

Lon:   -84.165557°   (or -84°9'56" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,630 feet to the west<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 (#2403072) to Albany. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Albany. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   31.577593°   (or 31°34'39" N)

Lon:   -84.176284°   (or -84°10'34" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 984 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Albany. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Albany.

Miscellaneous Information for Albany ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Dougherty County or the city of Albany:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Albany: 2403072

GNIS ID for Dougherty County: 351259

GNIS ID for Georgia: 1705317

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 13 (Georgia)

County Code: 095 (Dougherty County)

Place Code: 01052 (Albany)

State & County Code: 13/095 (Georgia / Dougherty County)

State & Place Code: 13/01052 (Georgia / Albany)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Albany is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #5 (the South Atlantic 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 Albany, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Albany. 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 Albany: 31701-31708<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 Albany.

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Georgia

About Dougherty County

Find a Community within Georgia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Albany

The official website for Dougherty County


The Panormaio photo collection contain pictures for the area around Albany:

Panoramio.com

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 2013.

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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 the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 111 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 88 degrees.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Albany or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Albany.



 
 
 

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