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Census Data for Ironton ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Ironton a population of 561 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Ironton a population of 572 people.

The city of Ironton is located in Crow Wing County. The 2010 Census gave Crow Wing County a population of 62,500 people. This means that Ironton had 0.92% of the county's total population, making it Crow Wing's 9th most populous community.

At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people, meaning that Ironton had 0.01% of the total population of Minnesota - making it the state's 474th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Ironton, 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 city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Ironton reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Ironton 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 Ironton has a total area of 2 square miles [5.2 km²]. Of this total, 1.48 square miles [3.8 km²] is land, with the balance (26.04%) being water (0.52 square miles [1.3 km²]).

Crow Wing County has a land area of 999 square miles [2,587.6 km²]. At 1.48 square miles [3.8 km²], Ironton has 0.15% of the county'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:   46° 28' 54"   (or 46.48°)             [Map]

Lon:   -94° 0' 14"   (or -94°)

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 (572 people) and land area (1.48 square miles [3.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Ironton had a population density of 286.4 people per square mile [110.6 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Ironton had a population of 498 people and a land area of 1.49 square miles [3.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 252.3 people per square mile [97.4 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 Ironton. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ironton had 299 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 572 people, this averages 1.91 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Ironton had a land area of 1.48 square miles [3.8 km²]. This translates to 149.7 Housing Units per square mile [57.8 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Ironton had 263 Housing Units, a population of 498 people and a land area of 1.49 square miles [3.9 km²]. This gives a density of 1.89 people per Housing Unit and 133.2 Housing Units per square mile [51.4 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 Ironton 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).

Crow Wing County ...

The community of Ironton is located in Crow Wing County.

The county had a population of 62,500 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 572 people, Ironton represented 0.92% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Ironton has a population density of 286.4 people per square mile [110.6 people/km²], Crow Wing County averages 62.6 people per square mile [24.15 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Ironton ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]64,002-0.87%
10 mi   [16 km]64,002-0.87%
15 mi   [24 km]1226,412-0.18%
20 mi   [32 km]2040,888+2.41%
25 mi   [40 km]2442,530+2.29%
30 mi   [48 km]2942,959+2.26%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 1.17% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Ironton was 2 square miles [5.2 km²]. Of this total, 1.48 square miles [3.8 km²] is land, with the balance (26.04%) being water (0.52 square miles [1.3 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.97 square miles [5.1 km²]. Of this total, 1.49 square miles [3.9 km²] is land, with the balance (24%) being water (0.48 square miles [1.2 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Ironton, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Ironton.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   46.481855°   (or 46°28'54" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -94.003960°   (or -94°0'14" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   46.476677°   (or 46°28'36" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.986131°   (or -93°59'10" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,857 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 (#2395439) to Ironton. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Ironton. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   46.481197°   (or 46°28'52" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.997828°   (or -93°59'52" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,558 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Ironton. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Ironton.

Miscellaneous Information for Ironton ...

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 Crow Wing County or the city of Ironton:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Ironton: 2395439

GNIS ID for Crow Wing County: 659463

GNIS ID for Minnesota: 662849

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 27 (Minnesota)

County Code: 035 (Crow Wing County)

Place Code: 31274 (Ironton)

State & County Code: 27/035 (Minnesota / Crow Wing County)

State & Place Code: 27/31274 (Minnesota / Ironton)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Ironton is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-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 city like Ironton, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Ironton. 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 Ironton: 56455<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 Ironton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Minnesota

About Crow Wing County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for Crow Wing County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

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 67 degrees and a distance of 4,857 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 81 degrees and a distance of 1,558 feet.

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

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