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Census Data for Newhalen ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Newhalen a population of 182 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Newhalen a population of 190 people.

The 2010 Census gave Alaska had a population of 710,231 people, meaning that Newhalen had 0.03% of the total population of Alaska - making it the state's 109th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Newhalen, 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 Newhalen reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Newhalen 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 Newhalen has a total area of 8.23 square miles [21.3 km²]. Of this total, 5.9 square miles [15.3 km²] is land, with the balance (28.28%) being water (2.33 square miles [6 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   59° 44' 12"   (or 59.7°)             [Map]

Lon:   -154° 54' 2"   (or -154.9°)

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 (190 people) and land area (5.9 square miles [15.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Newhalen had a population density of 23.08 people per square mile [8.91 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Newhalen had a population of 160 people and a land area of 6.05 square miles [15.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 19.2 people per square mile [7.41 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 Newhalen. 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, Newhalen had 51 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 190 people, this averages 3.73 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Newhalen had a land area of 5.9 square miles [15.3 km²]. This translates to 6.2 Housing Units per square mile [2.39 housing units/km²].

Population Rings for Newhalen ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1182-4.21%
15 mi   [24 km]1182-4.21%
30 mi   [48 km]2340-3.95%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Newhalen, 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 Newhalen. 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 1.21% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Newhalen was 8.23 square miles [21.3 km²]. Of this total, 5.9 square miles [15.3 km²] is land, with the balance (28.28%) being water (2.33 square miles [6 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 8.33 square miles [21.6 km²]. Of this total, 6.05 square miles [15.7 km²] is land, with the balance (27.69%) being water (2.28 square miles [5.9 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   59.736860°   (or 59°44'12" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -154.900770°   (or -154°54'2" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   59.725688°   (or 59°43'32" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -154.894442°   (or -154°53'39" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,235 feet to the north<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 (#2419432) to Newhalen. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Newhalen. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   59.727547°   (or 59°43'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -154.894450°   (or -154°53'40" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 3,588 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Newhalen. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Newhalen.

Miscellaneous Information for Newhalen ...

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 or the city of Newhalen:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Newhalen: 2419432

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: 53270 (Newhalen)

State & Place Code: 02/53270 (Alaska / Newhalen)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Newhalen is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #9 (the Pacific Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Newhalen.

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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 2016.

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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 15 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 18 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Newhalen.