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Census Data for Stanley ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Stanley a population of 106 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Stanley a population of 107 people.
The village of Stanley is located in De Soto Parish. The 2010 Census gave De Soto Parish a population of 26,656 people. This means that Stanley had 0.4% of the parish's total population, making it De Soto's 8th most populous community.
At the same time, Louisiana had a population of 4,533,372 people.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Stanley, 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 Stanley reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Stanley 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 Stanley has a total area of 2.19 square miles [5.7 km²]. Of this total, 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²] is land, with the balance (0.96%) being water (0.02 square miles [0.1 km²]).
De Soto Parish has a land area of 875 square miles [2,267.7 km²]. At 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²], Stanley has 0.25% 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° 57' 24" (or 31.96°) [Map]
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 (107 people) and land area (2.17 square miles [5.6 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Stanley had a population density of 48.81 people per square mile [18.85 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Stanley had a population of 145 people and a land area of 2.19 square miles [5.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 66.2 people per square mile [25.54 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 Stanley. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Stanley had 59 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 107 people, this averages 1.81 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Stanley had a land area of 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²]. This translates to 26.92 Housing Units per square mile [10.39 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Stanley had 63 Housing Units, a population of 145 people and a land area of 2.19 square miles [5.7 km²]. This gives a density of 2.3 people per Housing Unit and 28.74 Housing Units per square mile [11.1 housing units/km²].
NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Stanley and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
De Soto Parish ...
The community of Stanley is located in De Soto Parish.
The county had a population of 26,656 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 107 people, Stanley represented 0.4% of the parish's total.
In addition, where the village of Stanley has a population density of 48.81 people per square mile [18.85 people/km²], De Soto Parish averages 30.44 people per square mile [11.75 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for De Soto Parish.
Population Rings for Stanley ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Stanley and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Stanley. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Stanley, 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 Stanley. 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.
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 Stanley was 2.19 square miles [5.7 km²]. Of this total, 2.17 square miles [5.6 km²] is land, with the balance (0.96%) being water (0.02 square miles [0.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.19 square miles [5.7 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Stanley, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Stanley.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 31.956826° (or 31°57'24" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 31.963637° (or 31°57'49" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,556 feet to the south<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 (#2407554) to Stanley. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Stanley. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 31.960851° (or 31°57'39" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,389 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Stanley. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Stanley.
Miscellaneous Information for Stanley ...
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 De Soto Parish or the village of Stanley:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Stanley:
GNIS ID for Stanley: 2407554
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 22 (Louisiana)
County Code: 031 (De Soto Parish)
Place Code: 72800 (Stanley)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Stanley 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 Stanley.
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The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 13 Aug 2019