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Census Data for Sunset ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Sunset a population of 188 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Sunset a population of 198 people.

The town of Sunset is located in Crittenden County. The 2010 Census gave Crittenden County a population of 50,902 people. This means that Sunset had 0.39% of the county's total population, making it Crittenden's 9th most populous community.

At the same time, Arkansas had a population of 2,915,918 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Sunset, 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 Sunset reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Sunset 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 Sunset has a total area of 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²].

Crittenden County has a land area of 609 square miles [1,579.3 km²]. At 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²], Sunset has 0.03% 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° 13' 27"   (or 35.22°)             [Map]

Lon:   -90° 12' 21"   (or -90.21°)

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 (198 people) and land area (0.21 square miles [0.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Sunset had a population density of 961 people per square mile [371.1 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Sunset had a population of 348 people and a land area of 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,676 people per square mile [647 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 Sunset. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges 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, Sunset had 98 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 198 people, this averages 2.02 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Sunset had a land area of 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²]. This translates to 475.7 Housing Units per square mile [183.7 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Sunset had 156 Housing Units, a population of 348 people and a land area of 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²]. This gives a density of 2.23 people per Housing Unit and 751 Housing Units per square mile [290.2 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Sunset 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).

Crittenden County ...

The town of Sunset is located in Crittenden County.

The county had a population of 50,902 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 198 people, Sunset represented 0.39% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Sunset has a population density of 961 people per square mile [371.1 people/km²], Crittenden County averages 83.5 people per square mile [32.23 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Sunset ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]537,962-3.35%
10 mi   [16 km]738,828-3.37%
15 mi   [24 km]13694,384+0.55%
20 mi   [32 km]20736,238+0.79%
25 mi   [40 km]29893,946+1.74%
30 mi   [48 km]39989,572+2.31%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Sunset, 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 Sunset. 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 0.74% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Sunset was 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.21 square miles [0.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   35.224216°   (or 35°13'27" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.205995°   (or -90°12'21" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   35.221540°   (or 35°13'17" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.204965°   (or -90°12'17" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,022 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 (#2406691) to Sunset. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Sunset. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   35.224130°   (or 35°13'26" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.205922°   (or -90°12'21" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 38.15 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Sunset. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Sunset.

Miscellaneous Information for Sunset ...

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 Crittenden County or the town of Sunset:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Sunset: 2406691

GNIS ID for Crittenden County: 69162

GNIS ID for Arkansas: 68085

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 05 (Arkansas)

County Code: 035 (Crittenden County)

Place Code: 68060 (Sunset)

State & County Code: 05/035 (Arkansas / Crittenden County)

State & Place Code: 05/68060 (Arkansas / Sunset)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Sunset 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 Sunset.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Arkansas:

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 2017.

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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 angle) to the 2010 Census location is 17 degrees and a distance of 1,022 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 34 degrees and a distance of 38.15 feet.

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