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Census Data for Wood Heights ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Wood Heights a population of 698 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Wood Heights a population of 717 people.

The community of Wood Heights is located in Ray County. The 2010 Census gave Ray County; a population of 23,494 people. This means that Wood Heights had 3.05% of the county's total population, making it Ray's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Missouri had a population of 5,988,927 people, meaning that Wood Heights had 0.01% of the total population of Missouri - making it the state's 404th most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Wood Heights has a total area of 2.29 square miles [5.9 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).

Ray County has a land area of 568 square miles [1,473.2 km²]. At 2.28 square miles [5.9 km²], Wood Heights has 0.4% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Wood Heights, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually 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 population, area and housing for Wood Heights reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Wood Heights might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • 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:   39° 20' 30"   (or 39.34°)
    • Lon:   -94° 9' 46"   (or -94.16°)

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wood Heights had 274 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 717 people, this averages 2.62 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Wood Heights had a land area of 2.28 square miles [5.9 km²]. This translates to 119.9 Housing Units per square mile [46.28 housing units/km²].

Ray County ...

Wood Heights is located in Ray County<4>.

The county had a population of 23,494 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 717 people, Wood Heights represented 3.05% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Wood Heights has a population density of 313.6 people per square mile [121.1 people/km²], Ray County averages 41.3 people per square mile [15.95 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Wood Heights, 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 Wood Heights. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Wood Heights or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

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

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    • For the 2010 Censuses, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   39.341727°   (or 39°20'30" N)

      Lon:   -94.163048°   (or -94°9'46" W)

    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2397361) to Wood Heights. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Wood Heights. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   39.341375°   (or 39°20'28" N)
    • Lon:   -94.163570°   (or -94°9'48" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 195.3 feet to the northeast<5> of the point given by the GNIS for Wood Heights. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Wood Heights.

Miscellaneous Information for Wood Heights ...

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 Ray County or the community of Wood Heights:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Wood Heights:
    • GNIS ID for Wood Heights: 2397361
    • GNIS ID for Ray County: 758543
    • GNIS ID for State of Missouri: 1779791
  • The FIPS Codes ...
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Wood Heights 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 Wood Heights.

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The official website for State of Missouri:

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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 2019.
<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.
<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).
<4>If you're interested in how the shape of Missouri's counties, including Ray, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 311 degrees and a distance of 195.3 feet.






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