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Census Data for Central City

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Central City a population of 500 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Central City a population of 502 people.

The town of Central City is located in Sebastian County. The 2010 Census gave Sebastian County; a population of 125,744 people. This means that Central City had 0.4% of the county's total population, making it Sebastian's 10th most populous community.

At the same time, Arkansas had a population of 2,915,918 people, meaning that Central City had 0.02% of the total population of Arkansas - making it the state's 273rd most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Central City has a total area of 2.3 square miles [5.9 km²]. Of this total, 2.24 square miles [5.8 km²] is land, with the balance (2.35%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Sebastian County has a land area of 531 square miles [1,377.6 km²]. At 2.24 square miles [5.8 km²], Central City has 0.42% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Central City, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually 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 town.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Central City reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Central City might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • 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:   35° 20' 10"   (or 35.34°)
    • Lon:   -94° 14' 16"   (or -94.24°)
    • 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).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Central City had 237 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 502 people, this averages 2.12 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Central City had a land area of 2.24 square miles [5.8 km²]. This translates to 103.2 Housing Units per square mile [39.85 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Central City had 227 Housing Units, a population of 531 people and a land area of 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.34 people per Housing Unit and 104.8 Housing Units per square mile [40.45 housing units/km²].
    • Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Central City and you need to be careful when comparing 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).

Sebastian County ...

The community of Central City is located in Sebastian County<4>.

The county had a population of 125,744 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 502 people, Central City represented 0.4% of the county's total.

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Central City, 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 Central City. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Central City or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

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

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   35.336381°   (or 35°20'10" N)
    • Lon:   -94.238041°   (or -94°14'16" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   35.326587°   (or 35°19'35" N)
    • Lon:   -94.240225°   (or -94°14'24" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,629 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 (#2406247) to Central City. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Central City. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   35.329912°   (or 35°19'47" N)
    • Lon:   -94.234885°   (or -94°14'5" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,538 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Central City. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Central City.

Miscellaneous Information for Central City ...

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 Sebastian County or the town of Central City:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Central City:
    • GNIS ID for Central City: 2406247
    • GNIS ID for Sebastian County: 69181
    • GNIS ID for State of Arkansas: 68085
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Central City is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

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

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

The official website for Sebastian County:

The official website for State of Arkansas:

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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 2019.
<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>If you're interested in how the shape of Arkansas' counties, including Sebastian, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 349 degrees and a distance of 3,629 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 21 degrees and a distance of 2,538 feet.


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