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Census Data for Ord ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Ord a population of 2,103 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Ord a population of 2,112 people.

The city of Ord is located in Valley County. The 2010 Census gave Valley County a population of 4,260 people. This means that Ord had 49.58% of the county's total population, making it Valley's most populous community.

At the same time, Nebraska had a population of 1,826,341 people, meaning that Ord had 0.12% of the total population of Nebraska - making it the state's 54th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Ord, 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 Ord reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Ord 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 Ord has a total area of 1.94 square miles [5 km²].

Valley County has a land area of 568 square miles [1,471.2 km²]. At 1.94 square miles [5 km²], Ord has 0.34% 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:   41° 35' 56"   (or 41.6°)             [Map]

Lon:   -98° 54' 53"   (or -98.91°)

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 (2,112 people) and land area (1.94 square miles [5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Ord had a population density of 1,087 people per square mile [419.9 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Ord had a population of 2,269 people and a land area of 1.66 square miles [4.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,366 people per square mile [527 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 Ord. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ord had 1,122 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,112 people, this averages 1.88 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Ord had a land area of 1.94 square miles [5 km²]. This translates to 577 Housing Units per square mile [223.1 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Ord had 1,149 Housing Units, a population of 2,269 people and a land area of 1.66 square miles [4.3 km²]. This gives a density of 1.97 people per Housing Unit and 691 Housing Units per square mile [267.1 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 Ord and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Valley County ...

The community of Ord is located in Valley County and is the County Seat for Valley County.

The county had a population of 4,260 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,112 people, Ord represented 49.58% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Ord has a population density of 1,087 people per square mile [419.9 people/km²], Valley County averages 7.5 people per square mile [2.9 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Ord ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]12,103-0.43%
10 mi   [16 km]22,153-0.46%
15 mi   [24 km]53,044-1.46%
20 mi   [32 km]94,853-1.96%
25 mi   [40 km]146,788-2.11%
30 mi   [48 km]177,578-2.26%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Ord, 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 Ord. 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 16.94% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Ord was 1.94 square miles [5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.66 square miles [4.3 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 Ord, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Ord.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   41.598950°   (or 41°35'56" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -98.914950°   (or -98°54'53" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   41.602553°   (or 41°36'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -98.929962°   (or -98°55'47" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 4,298 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 (#2396074) to Ord. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Ord. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   41.603408°   (or 41°36'12" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -98.930091°   (or -98°55'48" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 4,436 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Ord. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Ord.

Miscellaneous Information for Ord ...

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 Valley County or the city of Ord:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Ord: 2396074

GNIS ID for Valley County: 835909

GNIS ID for Nebraska: 1779792

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 31 (Nebraska)

County Code: 175 (Valley County)

Place Code: 37280 (Ord)

State & County Code: 31/175 (Nebraska / Valley County)

State & Place Code: 31/37280 (Nebraska / Ord)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Ord 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 Ord.

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

The official website for Valley County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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 2017.

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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 252 degrees and a distance of 4,298 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 248 degrees and a distance of 4,436 feet.

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