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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Vining a population of 42 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Vining a population of 45 people.

The city of Vining is located in Clay County. The 2010 Census gave Clay County; a population of 8,535 people. This means that Vining had 0.53% of the county's total population, making it Clay's 7th most populous community.

At the same time, Kansas had a population of 2,853,118 people.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Vining has a total area of 0.22 square miles [0.6 km²].

Clay County has a land area of 645 square miles [1,671.3 km²]. At 0.22 square miles [0.6 km²], Vining has 0.03% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Vining, 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 Vining reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Vining 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:   39° 34' 2"   (or 39.57°)
    • Lon:   -97° 17' 37"   (or -97.29°)
    • 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, Vining had 27 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 45 people, this averages 1.67 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Vining had a land area of 0.22 square miles [0.6 km²]. This translates to 121.1 Housing Units per square mile [46.75 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Vining had 29 Housing Units, a population of 58 people and a land area of 0.22 square miles [0.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2 people per Housing Unit and 130 Housing Units per square mile [50.2 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 Vining and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Clay County ...

The community of Vining is primarily located in Clay County<4>. A portion of Vining extends into Washington County.

The county had a population of 8,535 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 45 people, Vining represented 0.53% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Vining has a population density of 201.8 people per square mile [77.9 people/km²], Clay County averages 13.23 people per square mile [5.11 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   39.567466°   (or 39°34'2" N)
    • Lon:   -97.293641°   (or -97°17'37" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   39.567460°   (or 39°34'2" N)
    • Lon:   -97.293109°   (or -97°17'35" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 149.5 feet to the west<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 (#2397147) to Vining. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Vining. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   39.567465°   (or 39°34'2" N)
    • Lon:   -97.293640°   (or -97°17'37" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.46 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Vining. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Vining.

Miscellaneous Information for Vining ...

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 Clay County or the city of Vining:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Vining:
    • GNIS ID for Vining: 2397147
    • GNIS ID for Clay County: 484983
    • GNIS ID for State of Kansas: 481813
  • The FIPS Codes ...
    • An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
    • State Code: 20 (Kansas)
    • County Code: 027 (Clay County)
    • Place Code: 73950 (Vining)
    • State & County Code: 20/027 (Kansas / Clay County)
    • State & Place Code: 20/73950 (Kansas / Vining)
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Vining is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

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

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

The official website for Clay County:

The official website for State of Kansas:

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 Kansas' counties, including Clay, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 89 degrees and a distance of 149.5 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 37 degrees and a distance of 0.46 feet.


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