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Census Data for Sicily Island ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Sicily Island a population of 464 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Sicily Island a population of 526 people.

The village of Sicily Island is located in Catahoula Parish. The 2010 Census gave Catahoula Parish a population of 10,407 people. This means that Sicily Island had 5.05% of the parish's total population, making it Catahoula's 2nd most populous community.

At the same time, Louisiana had a population of 4,533,372 people, meaning that Sicily Island had 0.01% of the total population of Louisiana - making it the state's 226th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Sicily Island, 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 village.

Things like the population, area and housing for Sicily Island reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Sicily Island 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 Sicily Island has a total area of 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).

Catahoula Parish has a land area of 708 square miles [1,833.8 km²]. At 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²], Sicily Island has 0.08% of the parish'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:   31° 50' 55"   (or 31.85°)             [Map]

Lon:   -91° 39' 33"   (or -91.66°)

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 (526 people) and land area (0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Sicily Island had a population density of 914 people per square mile [353.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Sicily Island had a population of 453 people and a land area of 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 789 people per square mile [304.6 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 Sicily Island. 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 the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sicily Island had 261 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 526 people, this averages 2.02 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Sicily Island had a land area of 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]. This translates to 453.9 Housing Units per square mile [175.3 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Sicily Island had 245 Housing Units, a population of 453 people and a land area of 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]. This gives a density of 1.85 people per Housing Unit and 426.7 Housing Units per square mile [164.8 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 Sicily Island and you need to be careful when comparing values 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).

Catahoula Parish ...

The community of Sicily Island is located in Catahoula Parish.

The county had a population of 10,407 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 526 people, Sicily Island represented 5.05% of the parish's total.

In addition, where the village of Sicily Island has a population density of 914 people per square mile [353.2 people/km²], Catahoula Parish averages 14.7 people per square mile [5.68 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Catahoula Parish.

Population Rings for Sicily Island ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1464-11.79%
10 mi   [16 km]21,377-7.58%
15 mi   [24 km]52,915-5.05%
20 mi   [32 km]99,370-8.39%
25 mi   [40 km]1333,901-6.88%
30 mi   [48 km]1940,423-6.39%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Sicily Island, 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 Sicily Island. 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 ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Sicily Island was 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.57 square miles [1.5 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 Sicily Island, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Sicily Island.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   31.848832°   (or 31°50'55" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.659357°   (or -91°39'33" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   31.846573°   (or 31°50'47" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.658925°   (or -91°39'32" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 834 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 (#2407545) to Sicily Island. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Sicily Island. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   31.849368°   (or 31°50'57" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.659805°   (or -91°39'35" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 239.7 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Sicily Island. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Sicily Island.

Miscellaneous Information for Sicily Island ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county, parish and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Catahoula Parish or the village of Sicily Island:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Sicily Island: 2407545

GNIS ID for Catahoula Parish: 558495

GNIS ID for Louisiana: 1629543

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 22 (Louisiana)

County Code: 025 (Catahoula Parish)

Place Code: 70245 (Sicily Island)

State & County Code: 22/025 (Louisiana / Catahoula Parish)

State & Place Code: 22/70245 (Louisiana / Sicily Island)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Sicily Island is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West South-Central 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 village like Sicily Island, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Sicily Island. 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 Sicily Island: 71368<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 Sicily Island.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Catahoula Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for State of Louisiana:

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 2018.

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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 9 degrees and a distance of 834 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 215 degrees and a distance of 239.7 feet.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Sicily Island or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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