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Central City, Arkansas
Census Data for Central City ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 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.
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 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 town.
Things like the 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.
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.
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°) [Map]
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 (502 people) and land area (2.24 square miles [5.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Central City had a population density of 218.6 people per square mile [84.4 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Central City had a population of 531 people and a land area of 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 245.1 people per square mile [94.6 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 Central City. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section 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.
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 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Central City and you need to be careful when comparing numbers 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.
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.
Population Rings for Central City ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Central City and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Central City. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
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. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 5.97% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Central City was 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]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
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.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 35.336381° (or 35°20'10" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 35.326587° (or 35°19'35" N) [Map]
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 GSP 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) [Map]
The GSP 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
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 05 (Arkansas)
County Code: 131 (Sebastian County)
Place Code: 13120 (Central City)
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.
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Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for Sebastian County: www.sebastiancountyonline.com/
The official website for State of Arkansas: https://portal.arkansas.gov/
The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)
The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 06 Mar 2019