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Census Data for Vicksburg ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2012 and it gives Vicksburg a population of 23,450 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Vicksburg a population of 23,856 people.

The city of Vicksburg is located in Warren County. The 2010 Census gave Warren County a population of 48,773 people. This means that Vicksburg had 48.91% of the county's total population, making it Warren's most populous community.

At the same time, Mississippi had a population of 2,967,297 people, meaning that Vicksburg had 0.8% of the total population of Mississippi - making it the state's 16th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Vicksburg, 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 Vicksburg reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Vicksburg 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 Vicksburg has a total area of 35.06 square miles [90.8 km²]. Of this total, 32.98 square miles [85.4 km²] is land, with the balance (5.93%) being water (2.08 square miles [5.4 km²]).

Warren County has a land area of 588 square miles [1,524.2 km²]. At 32.98 square miles [85.4 km²], Vicksburg has 5.6% 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:   32°20'9" N   (or 32.34° N)

Lon:   -90°52'31" W   (or -90.88° 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 (23,856 people) and land area (32.98 square miles [85.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Vicksburg had a population density of 680 people per square mile [262.7 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Vicksburg had a population of 26,407 people and a land area of 32.88 square miles [85.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 748 people per square mile [289.1 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 Vicksburg. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading 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, Vicksburg had 10,992 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 23,856 people, this averages 2.17 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Vicksburg had a land area of 32.98 square miles [85.4 km²]. This translates to 313.5 Housing Units per square mile [121 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Vicksburg had 11,654 Housing Units, a population of 26,407 people and a land area of 32.88 square miles [85.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.27 people per Housing Unit and 330.4 Housing Units per square mile [127.6 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 Vicksburg 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).

Warren County ...

Vicksburg is located in Warren County and is the County Seat for Warren County.

The county had a population of 48,773 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 23,856 people, Vicksburg represented 48.91% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Vicksburg has a population density of 680 people per square mile [262.7 people/km²], Warren County averages 82.9 people per square mile [32 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Vicksburg ...

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

RadiusNo of
Communities
2012
Population
Change
Since 2010
5 mi [8 km]223,735-1.68%
15 mi [24 km]323,754-1.68%
20 mi [32 km]632,718-1.17%
25 mi [40 km]1035,717-1.21%
30 mi [48 km]1238,688-1.49%

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 Vicksburg. Not only does the QuickFact have details about Vicksburg, it also contains a comparison between Vicksburg and the state of Mississippi.

Click here for the Vicksburg QuickFact (QF-2876720).

A Census QuickFact is available for Warren County (QF-28149).

Below are QuickFacts for the counties that border Warren County.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
2012 Est.
Population
Change
Since 2010
Direction
Madison (LA)QF-2206512,154+0.5%   W  
Tensas (LA)QF-221074,954-5.67%   SW  
ClaiborneQF-280219,349-2.66%   S  
HindsQF-28049248,643+1.37%   E  
IssaquenaQF-280551,386-1.42%   N  
YazooQF-2816328,195+0.46%   NE  

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Vicksburg, 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 Vicksburg. 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 0.6% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Vicksburg was 35.06 square miles [90.8 km²]. Of this total, 32.98 square miles [85.4 km²] is land, with the balance (5.93%) being water (2.08 square miles [5.4 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 35.27 square miles [91.4 km²]. Of this total, 32.88 square miles [85.2 km²] is land, with the balance (6.81%) being water (2.39 square miles [6.2 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   32.317838°   (or 32°19'4" N)

Lon:   -90.886714°   (or -90°53'12" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   32.335986°   (or 32°20'9" N)

Lon:   -90.875356°   (or -90°52'31" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 7,484 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 (#2405648) to Vicksburg. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Vicksburg. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   32.317340°   (or 32°19'2" N)

Lon:   -90.886670°   (or -90°53'12" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 182.1 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Vicksburg. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Vicksburg.

Miscellaneous Information for Vicksburg ...

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 Warren County or the city of Vicksburg:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Vicksburg: 2405648

GNIS ID for Warren County: 695795

GNIS ID for Mississippi: 1779790

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 28 (Mississippi)

County Code: 149 (Warren County)

Place Code: 76720 (Vicksburg)

State & County Code: 28/149 (Mississippi / Warren County)

State & Place Code: 28/76720 (Mississippi / Vicksburg)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Vicksburg 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 Vicksburg.

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Mississippi

About Warren County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Vicksburg


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

Panoramio.com

Need help with your genealogy? We recommend a visit to these websites when searching in and around the area of Vicksburg and Warren County:

Cyndi's List for the State of Mississippi,
        for Warren County
 
Family Search for the State of Mississippi,
        for Warren County
 
USGenWeb for the State of Mississippi

We have a longer, more detailed list of websites on our Genealogy Helper Page for Vicksburg.


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 2012.

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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 152 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 4 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vicksburg.



 
 
 

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