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Census Data for Le Center ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Le Center a population of 2,484 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Le Center a population of 2,499 people.

The city of Le Center is located in Le Sueur County. The 2010 Census gave Le Sueur County a population of 27,703 people. This means that Le Center had 9.02% of the county's total population, making it Le Sueur's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people, meaning that Le Center had 0.05% of the total population of Minnesota - making it the state's 229th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Le Center, 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 Le Center reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Le Center 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 Le Center has a total area of 1.51 square miles [3.9 km²].

Le Sueur County has a land area of 448.8 square miles [1,162.3 km²]. At 1.51 square miles [3.9 km²], Le Center has 0.34% 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:   44° 23' 9"   (or 44.39°)             [Map]

Lon:   -93° 43' 55"   (or -93.73°)

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 (2,499 people) and land area (1.51 square miles [3.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Le Center had a population density of 1,656 people per square mile [639 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Le Center had a population of 2,240 people and a land area of 1.49 square miles [3.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,507 people per square mile [581 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 Le Center. 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, Le Center had 971 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,499 people, this averages 2.57 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Le Center had a land area of 1.51 square miles [3.9 km²]. This translates to 643 Housing Units per square mile [248.4 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Le Center had 877 Housing Units, a population of 2,240 people and a land area of 1.49 square miles [3.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.55 people per Housing Unit and 590 Housing Units per square mile [227.8 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 Le Center and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Le Sueur County ...

The community of Le Center is located in Le Sueur County and is the County Seat for Le Sueur County.

The county had a population of 27,703 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,499 people, Le Center represented 9.02% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Le Center has a population density of 1,656 people per square mile [639 people/km²], Le Sueur County averages 61.7 people per square mile [23.83 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Le Center ...

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

  Radius   No of
    Communities    
2018
    Population    
Change
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]12,484-0.6%
10 mi   [16 km]610,484---
15 mi   [24 km]1336,021+5.62%
20 mi   [32 km]21116,428+7.53%
25 mi   [40 km]29158,893+5.79%
30 mi   [48 km]43293,651+8.29%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Le Center, 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 Le Center. 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 1.54% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Le Center was 1.51 square miles [3.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.49 square miles [3.8 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 Le Center, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Le Center.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   44.386099°   (or 44°23'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.732174°   (or -93°43'55" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   44.388734°   (or 44°23'19" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.730772°   (or -93°43'50" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,027 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 (#2395652) to Le Center. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Le Center. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   44.385931°   (or 44°23'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.732333°   (or -93°43'56" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 73.9 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Le Center. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Le Center.

Miscellaneous Information for Le Center ...

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 Le Sueur County or the city of Le Center:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Le Center: 2395652

GNIS ID for Le Sueur County: 659485

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: 079 (Le Sueur County)

Place Code: 36134 (Le Center)

State & County Code: 27/079 (Minnesota / Le Sueur County)

State & Place Code: 27/36134 (Minnesota / Le Center)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Le Center 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 Le Center, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Le Center. 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 Le Center: 56057<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 Le Center.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Minnesota

About Le Sueur 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 Le Center. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Le Sueur County: www.co.le-sueur.mn.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/


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 159 degrees and a distance of 1,027 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 325 degrees and a distance of 73.9 feet.

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

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