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Census Data for Long Lake ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Long Lake a population of 1,831 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Long Lake a population of 1,768 people.

The city of Long Lake is located in Hennepin County. The 2010 Census gave Hennepin County a population of 1,152,425 people. This means that Long Lake had 0.15% of the county's total population, making it Hennepin's 35th most populous community.

At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people, meaning that Long Lake had 0.03% of the total population of Minnesota - making it the state's 275th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Long 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 city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Long Lake reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Long 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 Long Lake has a total area of 0.93 square miles [2.4 km²]. Of this total, 0.83 square miles [2.2 km²] is land, with the balance (10.61%) being water (0.1 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Hennepin County has a land area of 553 square miles [1,433.8 km²]. At 0.83 square miles [2.2 km²], Long Lake 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:   44° 59' 1"   (or 44.98°)             [Map]

Lon:   -93° 34' 4"   (or -93.57°)

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 (1,768 people) and land area (0.83 square miles [2.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Long Lake had a population density of 1,894 people per square mile [731 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Long Lake had a population of 1,842 people and a land area of 0.85 square miles [2.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,951 people per square mile [753 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 Long Lake. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Long Lake had 765 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,768 people, this averages 2.31 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Long Lake had a land area of 0.83 square miles [2.2 km²]. This translates to 819 Housing Units per square mile [316.6 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Long Lake had 764 Housing Units, a population of 1,842 people and a land area of 0.85 square miles [2.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.41 people per Housing Unit and 809 Housing Units per square mile [312.5 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 Long Lake and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Hennepin County ...

The community of Long Lake is located in Hennepin County.

The county had a population of 1,152,425 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,768 people, Long Lake represented 0.15% of the county's total.

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

Population Rings for Long Lake ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]16132,379+12.16%
10 mi   [16 km]32515,087+10.34%
15 mi   [24 km]501,306,645+10.42%
20 mi   [32 km]771,843,124+9.35%
25 mi   [40 km]1022,537,843+8.98%
30 mi   [48 km]1322,896,898+8.94%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 1.14% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Long Lake was 0.93 square miles [2.4 km²]. Of this total, 0.83 square miles [2.2 km²] is land, with the balance (10.61%) being water (0.1 square miles [0.3 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.94 square miles [2.4 km²]. Of this total, 0.85 square miles [2.2 km²] is land, with the balance (10.47%) being water (0.1 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   44.983836°   (or 44°59'1" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.568045°   (or -93°34'4" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   44.984671°   (or 44°59'4" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.570905°   (or -93°34'15" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 797 feet to the east<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 (#2395756) to Long Lake. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Long Lake. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   44.984080°   (or 44°59'2" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -93.568962°   (or -93°34'8" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 252.6 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Long Lake. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Long Lake.

Miscellaneous Information for Long 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 Hennepin County or the city of Long Lake:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Long Lake: 2395756

GNIS ID for Hennepin County: 659472

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: 053 (Hennepin County)

Place Code: 38006 (Long Lake)

State & County Code: 27/053 (Minnesota / Hennepin County)

State & Place Code: 27/38006 (Minnesota / Long Lake)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Long Lake 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 Long Lake, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Long Lake. 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 Long Lake: 55356<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 Long Lake.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Hennepin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website for Long Lake:

The official website for Hennepin 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 247 degrees and a distance of 797 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 249 degrees and a distance of 252.6 feet.

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

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