Census Data for Montpelier ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Montpelier a population of 2,538 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Montpelier a population of 2,597 people.
The city of Montpelier is located in Bear Lake County. The 2010 Census gave Bear Lake County; a population of 5,986 people. This means that Montpelier had 43.38% of the county's total population, making it Bear Lake's most populous community.
At the same time, Idaho had a population of 1,567,582 people, meaning that Montpelier had 0.17% of the total population of Idaho - making it the state's 50th most populous community.
The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Montpelier has a total area of 2.33 square miles [6 km²].
Bear Lake County has a land area of 974 square miles [2,524.7 km²]. At 2.33 square miles [6 km²], Montpelier has 0.24% of the county's total land area.
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- When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Montpelier, 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 city.
- Things like population, area and housing for Montpelier reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Montpelier 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: 42° 19' 33" (or 42.33°)
- Lon: -111° 17' 55" (or -111.3°)
- 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, Montpelier had 1,234 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,597 people, this averages 2.1 people per Housing Unit.
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- The 2010 Census shows Montpelier had a land area of 2.33 square miles [6 km²]. This translates to 530 Housing Units per square mile [204.7 housing units/km²].
- From the Census of 2000: Montpelier had 1,171 Housing Units, a population of 2,785 people and a land area of 1.84 square miles [4.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.38 people per Housing Unit and 635 Housing Units per square mile [245.5 housing units/km²].
- Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Montpelier 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).
Bear Lake County ...
The community of Montpelier is located in Bear Lake County<4>.
The county had a population of 5,986 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,597 people, Montpelier represented 43.38% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Montpelier has a population density of 1,115 people per square mile [430.7 people/km²], Bear Lake County averages 6.14 people per square mile [2.37 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Bear Lake County.
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Montpelier, 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 Montpelier. 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 Montpelier 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.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Montpelier, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Montpelier.
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- For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
- Lat: 42.326020° (or 42°19'33" N)
- Lon: -111.298756° (or -111°17'55" W)
- For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
- Lat: 42.320416° (or 42°19'13" N)
- Lon: -111.303703° (or -111°18'13" W)
- The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,439 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 (#2411150) to Montpelier. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Montpelier. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
- Lat: 42.325588° (or 42°19'32" N)
- Lon: -111.298700° (or -111°17'55" W)
- The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 158.2 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Montpelier. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Montpelier.
Miscellaneous Information for Montpelier ...
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 Bear Lake County or the city of Montpelier:
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- The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Montpelier:
- GNIS ID for Montpelier: 2411150
- GNIS ID for Bear Lake County: 395090
- GNIS ID for State of Idaho: 1779783
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- Montpelier is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #8 (the Mountain Division).
- The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...
- While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Montpelier, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Montpelier. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.
- The ZIP code for Montpelier:83254<7>
- Census ZCTA Codes ...
- The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).
- ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Montpelier.
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The official website for Bear Lake County: www.bearlakecounty.info/
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|<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 Idaho's counties, including Bear Lake, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 326 degrees and a distance of 2,439 feet.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 5 degrees and a distance of 158.2 feet.|
|<7>||When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Montpelier or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).|