ZIP Code Urban/Rural Geography & Demographics
More than half of U.S. ZIP Code areas are 100% rural. Nine ZIP Code areas have 100,000 or more population. ZIP Code area 10028 (Manhattan), 0.3 square mile, has density of 143,683 population per square mile. ZIP code demographics are widely used in analysis largely due to familiarity of ZIP code locations by code and availability of related data, such as address data. The Census 2010 ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) are generalized geographic representations of U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code service areas. ZCTAs can provide insights into urban/rural patterns within and among ZIP Code areas.
Of the 33,140 ZCTAs identified in Census 2010 Summary File 1, 5,236 ZCTAs were 100% urban and 17,033 ZCTAs were 100% rural. The remainder have some mix of urban/rural population. Use the interactive table in this section to examine Census 2010 ZIP Code Areas by population and housing units by urban/rural status. Land area, water area and population density are also shown.
ZIP Code Urban/Rural Visual Analysis
The graphic below shows ZIP 75034 (see also in ranking table below) located in Frisco ISD, TX area in Dallas, TX metro. ZIP Code areas red boundaries; school districts black boundaries; urban schools green markers; rural schools orange markers; urban areas orange fill pattern. It is easy to see what parts of ZIP 75034 are urban (orange) versus rural (no pattern).
Click graphic for larger view and details. View developed using CV XE GIS and related GIS project.
See related section on K-12 schools by urban/rural status.
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ZIP Code Area Census 2010 Urban Rural Interactive Table
The table shown below includes all California ZIP Code areas. See above for access to all U.S. ZIP Code areas.
Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction. Click ShowAll button between queries.
See related Ranking Tables Main Page
Click on a column header to sort on that column; click column header again to sort in other direction.
Click ShowAll button to show all areas and restore full set of data view.
Click State to view a selected state (click ShowAll between selections).
Find ZIP: key in ZIP code in text box to right of Find ZIP.
then click button to locate matching ZIP Code.
Land area and water area values shown are rounded; values showing a zero may be >0 and <0.5
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