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Census Data for Little Sand Lake ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Little Sand Lake a population of 346 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Little Sand Lake a population of 349 people.

The community of Little Sand Lake is located in Itasca County. The 2010 Census gave Itasca County a population of 45,058 people. This means that Little Sand Lake had 0.77% of the county's total population, making it Itasca's 16th most populous community.

At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Little Sand Lake, 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 community.

Things like the population, area and housing for Little Sand Lake reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Little Sand Lake 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 Little Sand Lake has a total area of 35.86 square miles [92.9 km²]. Of this total, 34.81 square miles [90.1 km²] is land, with the balance (2.94%) being water (1.06 square miles [2.7 km²]).

Itasca County has a land area of 2,667 square miles [6,909.4 km²]. At 34.81 square miles [90.1 km²], Little Sand Lake has 1.3% 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' 43"   (or 47.23°)             [Map]

Lon:   -93° 16' 44"   (or -93.28°)

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 (349 people) and land area (34.81 square miles [90.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Little Sand Lake had a population density of 9.73 people per square mile [3.76 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Little Sand Lake had a population of 369 people and a land area of 34.72 square miles [89.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 10.31 people per square mile [3.98 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 Little Sand Lake. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading 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, Little Sand Lake had 174 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 349 people, this averages 2.01 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Little Sand Lake had a land area of 34.81 square miles [90.1 km²]. This translates to 4.85 Housing Units per square mile [1.87 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Little Sand Lake had 155 Housing Units, a population of 369 people and a land area of 34.72 square miles [89.9 km²]. This gives a density of 2.38 people per Housing Unit and 4.33 Housing Units per square mile [1.67 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 Little Sand Lake and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Itasca County ...

Little Sand Lake is located in Itasca County.

The county had a population of 45,058 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 349 people, Little Sand Lake represented 0.77% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Little Sand Lake has a population density of 9.73 people per square mile [3.76 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 Little Sand Lake ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Little Sand Lake and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Little Sand Lake. 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]31,373-3.11%
10 mi   [16 km]96,194+3.06%
15 mi   [24 km]1219,090+2.57%
20 mi   [32 km]1541,230+0.16%
25 mi   [40 km]2147,094-0.14%
30 mi   [48 km]2851,085-0.18%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Little Sand Lake, 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 Little Sand Lake. 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 Little Sand Lake was 35.86 square miles [92.9 km²]. Of this total, 34.81 square miles [90.1 km²] is land, with the balance (2.94%) being water (1.06 square miles [2.7 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 35.78 square miles [92.7 km²]. Of this total, 34.72 square miles [89.9 km²] is land, with the balance (2.96%) being water (1.06 square miles [2.7 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   47.228749°   (or 47°13'43" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.279024°   (or -93°16'44" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   47.252492°   (or 47°15'8" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.257482°   (or -93°15'26" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 10,166 feet to the southwest<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 (#664806) to Little Sand Lake. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Little Sand Lake. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   47.249661°   (or 47°14'58" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.252426°   (or -93°15'8" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 10,073 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Little Sand Lake. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Little Sand Lake.

Miscellaneous Information for Little Sand Lake ...

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 community of Little Sand Lake:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Little Sand Lake: 664806

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: 37691 (Little Sand Lake)

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

State & Place Code: 27/37691 (Minnesota / Little Sand Lake)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Little Sand Lake 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 Little Sand Lake.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


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

The official website for Itasca County: www.co.itasca.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 148 degrees and a distance of 10,166 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 139 degrees and a distance of 10,073 feet.

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