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Census Data for Papillion ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Papillion a population of 19,539 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Papillion a population of 18,894 people.
The city of Papillion is located in Sarpy County. The 2010 Census gave Sarpy County a population of 158,840 people. This means that Papillion had 11.89% of the county's total population, making it Sarpy's 2nd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Papillion, 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 Papillion reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Papillion 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 Papillion has a total area of 6.47 square miles [16.8 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.02 square miles [0.1 km²]).
Sarpy County has a land area of 239 square miles [619 km²]. At 6.45 square miles [16.7 km²], Papillion has 2.7% 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° 9' 10" (or 41.15°) [Map]
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 (18,894 people) and land area (6.45 square miles [16.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Papillion had a population density of 2,918 people per square mile [1,126 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Papillion had a population of 16,363 people and a land area of 4.17 square miles [10.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 3,927 people per square mile [1,516 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 Papillion. 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, Papillion had 7,240 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 18,894 people, this averages 2.61 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Papillion had a land area of 6.45 square miles [16.7 km²]. This translates to 1,118 Housing Units per square mile [431.8 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Papillion had 5,751 Housing Units, a population of 16,363 people and a land area of 4.17 square miles [10.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.85 people per Housing Unit and 1,380 Housing Units per square mile [533 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 Papillion and you need to be careful when comparing 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).
Sarpy County ...
The county had a population of 158,840 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 18,894 people, Papillion represented 11.89% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Papillion has a population density of 2,918 people per square mile [1,126 people/km²], Sarpy County averages 664 people per square mile [256.6 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Sarpy County.
Population Rings for Papillion ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Papillion and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Papillion. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Papillion, 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 Papillion. 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.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 55.41% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Papillion was 6.47 square miles [16.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 4.17 square miles [10.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Papillion, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Papillion.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 41.153006° (or 41°9'10" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 41.155884° (or 41°9'21" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,600 feet to the southwest<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 (#2396139) to Papillion. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Papillion. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 41.156368° (or 41°9'22" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,589 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Papillion. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Papillion.
Miscellaneous Information for Papillion ...
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 Sarpy County or the city of Papillion:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Papillion:
GNIS ID for Papillion: 2396139
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 153 (Sarpy County)
Place Code: 38295 (Papillion)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Papillion 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 Papillion.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Papillion: www.papillion.ne.us/
The official website for Sarpy County: www.sarpy.com/
The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/
The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)
The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 11 Mar 2019