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Census Data for Ellington ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Ellington a population of 16,494 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Ellington a population of 15,602 people.

The community of Ellington is located in Tolland County. The 2010 Census gave Tolland County; a population of 152,691 people. This means that Ellington had 10.22% of the county's total population, making it Tolland's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Connecticut had a population of 3,574,097 people, meaning that Ellington had 0.44% of the total population of Connecticut - making it the state's 92nd most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Ellington has a total area of 34.59 square miles [89.6 km²]. Of this total, 34.06 square miles [88.2 km²] is land, with the balance (1.54%) being water (0.53 square miles [1.4 km²]).

Tolland County has a land area of 410.2 square miles [1,062.4 km²]. At 34.06 square miles [88.2 km²], Ellington has 8.3% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Ellington, 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 community.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Ellington reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Ellington 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:   41° 54' 54"   (or 41.92°)
    • Lon:   -72° 26' 39"   (or -72.44°)
    • 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, Ellington had 6,665 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 15,602 people, this averages 2.34 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Ellington had a land area of 34.06 square miles [88.2 km²]. This translates to 192.7 Housing Units per square mile [74.4 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Ellington had 5,417 Housing Units, a population of 12,921 people and a land area of 34.05 square miles [88.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.39 people per Housing Unit and 156.5 Housing Units per square mile [60.4 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 Ellington 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).

Tolland County ...

The community of Ellington is located in Tolland County<4>.

The county had a population of 152,691 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 15,602 people, Ellington represented 10.22% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Ellington has a population density of 451 people per square mile [174.1 people/km²], Tolland County averages 372.2 people per square mile [143.7 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Ellington, 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 Ellington. 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 Ellington 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 Ellington, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Ellington.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   41.915167°   (or 41°54'54" N)
    • Lon:   -72.444294°   (or -72°26'39" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   41.910747°   (or 41°54'38" N)
    • Lon:   -72.447608°   (or -72°26'51" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,845 feet to the northeast<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 (#212330) to Ellington. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Ellington. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   41.916764°   (or 41°55'0" N)
    • Lon:   -72.457862°   (or -72°27'28" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 3,726 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Ellington. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Ellington.

Miscellaneous Information for Ellington ...

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 Tolland County or the community of Ellington:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Ellington:
    • GNIS ID for Ellington: 212330
    • GNIS ID for Tolland County: 212668
    • GNIS ID for State of Connecticut: 1779780
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Ellington is located in Census Region #1 (the Northeast Region) and Division #1 (the New England Division).

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

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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 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 Connecticut's counties, including Tolland, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 330 degrees and a distance of 1,845 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 261 degrees and a distance of 3,726 feet.






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