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Census Data for La Prairie ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave La Prairie a population of 661 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave La Prairie a population of 665 people.

The city of La Prairie is located in Itasca County. The 2010 Census gave Itasca County a population of 45,058 people. This means that La Prairie had 1.48% of the county's total population, making it Itasca's 12th most populous community.

At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people, meaning that La Prairie had 0.01% of the total population of Minnesota - making it the state's 443rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like La Prairie, 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 La Prairie reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of La Prairie 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 La Prairie has a total area of 1.69 square miles [4.4 km²]. Of this total, 1.64 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (2.96%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Itasca County has a land area of 2,667 square miles [6,909.4 km²]. At 1.64 square miles [4.2 km²], La Prairie has 0.06% 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:   47° 13' 48"   (or 47.23°)             [Map]

Lon:   -93° 29' 28"   (or -93.49°)

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 (665 people) and land area (1.64 square miles [4.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, La Prairie had a population density of 394.2 people per square mile [152.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows La Prairie had a population of 605 people and a land area of 1.14 square miles [2.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 530 people per square mile [204.9 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for La Prairie. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, La Prairie had 287 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 665 people, this averages 2.32 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows La Prairie had a land area of 1.64 square miles [4.2 km²]. This translates to 170.1 Housing Units per square mile [65.7 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: La Prairie had 249 Housing Units, a population of 605 people and a land area of 1.14 square miles [2.9 km²]. This gives a density of 2.43 people per Housing Unit and 218.4 Housing Units per square mile [84.3 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 La Prairie and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Itasca County ...

The community of La Prairie is located in Itasca County.

The county had a population of 45,058 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 665 people, La Prairie represented 1.48% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of La Prairie has a population density of 394.2 people per square mile [152.2 people/km²], Itasca County averages 16.89 people per square mile [6.52 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for La Prairie ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]313,856+2.61%
10 mi   [16 km]617,999+3.65%
15 mi   [24 km]1223,115+2.5%
20 mi   [32 km]1725,843+1.99%
25 mi   [40 km]2127,552+1.73%
30 mi   [48 km]2645,134+0.1%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for La Prairie, 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 La Prairie. 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 47.98% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for La Prairie was 1.69 square miles [4.4 km²]. Of this total, 1.64 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (2.96%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.14 square miles [3 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 La Prairie, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for La Prairie.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   47.230043°   (or 47°13'48" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.491362°   (or -93°29'28" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   47.226605°   (or 47°13'35" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.493713°   (or -93°29'37" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,381 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 (#2395572) to La Prairie. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of La Prairie. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   47.227321°   (or 47°13'38" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.491370°   (or -93°29'28" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 992 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for La Prairie. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for La Prairie.

Miscellaneous Information for La Prairie ...

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 Itasca County or the city of La Prairie:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for La Prairie: 2395572

GNIS ID for Itasca County: 659476

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: 061 (Itasca County)

Place Code: 35648 (La Prairie)

State & County Code: 27/061 (Minnesota / Itasca County)

State & Place Code: 27/35648 (Minnesota / La Prairie)

Misc. Census Codes ...

La Prairie 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 La Prairie.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Itasca 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 335 degrees and a distance of 1,381 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 359 degrees and a distance of 992 feet.

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