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Census Data for False Pass ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave False Pass a population of 49 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave False Pass a population of 35 people.

The 2010 Census gave Alaska had a population of 710,231 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like False Pass, 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 False Pass reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of False Pass 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 False Pass has a total area of 68.1 square miles [176.4 km²]. Of this total, 26.98 square miles [69.9 km²] is land, with the balance (60.4%) being water (41.14 square miles [106.5 km²]).

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:   54° 52' 20"   (or 54.9°)             [Map]

Lon:   -163° 20' 3"   (or -163.33°)

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 (35 people) and land area (26.98 square miles [69.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, False Pass had a population density of 0.51 people per square mile [0.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows False Pass had a population of 64 people and a land area of 26.88 square miles [69.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 0.94 people per square mile [0.36 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 False Pass. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, False Pass had 40 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 35 people, this averages 0.88 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows False Pass had a land area of 26.98 square miles [69.9 km²]. This translates to 0.59 Housing Units per square mile [0.23 housing units/km²].

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for False Pass, 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 False Pass. 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 False Pass was 68.1 square miles [176.4 km²]. Of this total, 26.98 square miles [69.9 km²] is land, with the balance (60.4%) being water (41.14 square miles [106.5 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 68.3 square miles [176.8 km²]. Of this total, 26.88 square miles [69.6 km²] is land, with the balance (60.8%) being water (41.39 square miles [107.2 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   54.872441°   (or 54°52'20" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -163.334268°   (or -163°20'3" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   54.827886°   (or 54°49'40" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -163.399090°   (or -163°23'56" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4 miles to the northeast<4> 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 (#2419386) to False Pass. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of False Pass. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   54.888861°   (or 54°53'19" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -163.373260°   (or -163°22'23" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 10,135 feet to the southeast<5> of the point given by the GNIS for False Pass. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for False Pass.

Miscellaneous Information for False Pass ...

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 or the city of False Pass:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for False Pass: 2419386

GNIS ID for Alaska: 1785533

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 02 (Alaska)

Place Code: 24660 (False Pass)

State & Place Code: 02/24660 (Alaska / False Pass)

Misc. Census Codes ...

False Pass is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #9 (the Pacific 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 False Pass, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) False Pass. 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 False Pass: 99583<6>

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 False Pass.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alaska

About Alaska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for False Pass. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alaska:

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 calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 320 degrees and a distance of 4 miles.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 233 degrees and a distance of 10,135 feet.
<6>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether False Pass or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).






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