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Population ...

The last Decennial Census<1> was in 2010, giving Norwood a population of 665 people.

The city of Norwood is located in Wright County. The 2010 Census gave Wright County a population of 18,815 people. This means that Norwood had 3.53% of the county's total population, making it Wright's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Missouri had a population of 5,988,927 people, meaning that Norwood had 0.01% of the total population of Missouri - making it the state's 421st most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Norwood, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or 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 Norwood reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Norwood might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Norwood has a total area of 1.6 square miles [4.1 km²].

Wright County has a land area of 681 square miles [1,765.8 km²]. At 1.6 square miles [4.1 km²], Norwood has 0.23% 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   37° 6' 25"   (or 37.11°)             [Map]

Lon:   -92° 25' 8"   (or -92.42°)

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 (1.6 square miles [4.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Norwood had a population density of 415.4 people per square mile [160.4 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Norwood had a population of 552 people and a land area of 1.59 square miles [4.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 347.4 people per square mile [134.1 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 Norwood. 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, Norwood had 277 Housing Units<2> and with its population of 665 people, this averages 2.4 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Norwood had a land area of 1.6 square miles [4.1 km²]. This translates to 173 Housing Units per square mile [66.8 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Norwood had 245 Housing Units, a population of 552 people and a land area of 1.59 square miles [4.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.25 people per Housing Unit and 154.2 Housing Units per square mile [59.5 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 Norwood and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Wright County ...

The community of Norwood is located in Wright County.

The county had a population of 18,815 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 665 people, Norwood represented 3.53% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Norwood has a population density of 415.4 people per square mile [160.4 people/km²], Wright County averages 27.6 people per square mile [10.66 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Norwood, 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 Norwood. 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 0.75% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Norwood was 1.6 square miles [4.1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.59 square miles [4.1 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 Norwood, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Norwood.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   37.107192°   (or 37°6'25" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -92.418931°   (or -92°25'8" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   37.109700°   (or 37°6'34" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -92.416619°   (or -92°24'59" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,134 feet to the southwest<3> 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 (#2395276) to Norwood. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Norwood. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   37.107192°   (or 37°6'25" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -92.418930°   (or -92°25'8" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.79 feet to the south<4> of the point given by the GNIS for Norwood. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Norwood.

Miscellaneous Information for Norwood ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Wright County or the city of Norwood:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Norwood: 2395276

GNIS ID for Wright County: 758567

GNIS ID for Missouri: 1779791

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 29 (Missouri)

County Code: 229 (Wright County)

Place Code: 53444 (Norwood)

State & County Code: 29/229 (Missouri / Wright County)

State & Place Code: 29/53444 (Missouri / Norwood)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Norwood 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 Norwood, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Norwood. 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 Norwood: 65717<5>

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 Norwood.

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 Norwood. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Missouri:

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 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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<2>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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<3>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 143 degrees and a distance of 1,134 feet.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 158 degrees and a distance of 0.79 feet.

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<5>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Norwood or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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