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Census Data for Middle River ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Middle River a population of 301 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Middle River a population of 303 people.

The city of Middle River is located in Marshall County. The 2010 Census gave Marshall County a population of 9,439 people. This means that Middle River had 3.21% of the county's total population, making it Marshall's 7th 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 city like Middle River, 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 Middle River reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Middle River 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 Middle River has a total area of 0.48 square miles [1.2 km²].

Marshall County has a land area of 1,775 square miles [4,597.4 km²]. At 0.48 square miles [1.2 km²], Middle River has 0.03% 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:   48° 26' 5"   (or 48.43°)             [Map]

Lon:   -96° 9' 42"   (or -96.16°)

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 (303 people) and land area (0.48 square miles [1.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Middle River had a population density of 632 people per square mile [244.2 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Middle River had a population of 319 people and a land area of 0.5 square miles [1.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 639 people per square mile [247.1 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 Middle River. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading 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, Middle River had 161 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 303 people, this averages 1.88 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Middle River had a land area of 0.48 square miles [1.2 km²]. This translates to 336.1 Housing Units per square mile [129.8 housing units/km²].

Marshall County ...

The community of Middle River is located in Marshall County.

The county had a population of 9,439 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 303 people, Middle River represented 3.21% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Middle River has a population density of 632 people per square mile [244.2 people/km²], Marshall County averages 5.32 people per square mile [2.05 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Middle River ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1301-0.66%
10 mi   [16 km]4798-0.62%
15 mi   [24 km]5867-0.57%
20 mi   [32 km]82,381-3.01%
25 mi   [40 km]1211,730+1.16%
30 mi   [48 km]1613,061+0.75%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Middle River, 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 Middle River. 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 3.91% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Middle River was 0.48 square miles [1.2 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.5 square miles [1.3 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 Middle River, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Middle River.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   48.434896°   (or 48°26'5" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -96.161694°   (or -96°9'42" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   48.435111°   (or 48°26'6" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -96.163749°   (or -96°9'49" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 503 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 (#2395315) to Middle River. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Middle River. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   48.434901°   (or 48°26'5" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -96.161895°   (or -96°9'42" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 48.65 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Middle River. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Middle River.

Miscellaneous Information for Middle River ...

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 Marshall County or the city of Middle River:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Middle River: 2395315

GNIS ID for Marshall County: 659489

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: 089 (Marshall County)

Place Code: 41912 (Middle River)

State & County Code: 27/089 (Minnesota / Marshall County)

State & Place Code: 27/41912 (Minnesota / Middle River)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Middle River 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 Middle River, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Middle River. 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 Middle River: 56737<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 Middle River.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 261 degrees and a distance of 503 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 267 degrees and a distance of 48.65 feet.

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

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