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Pawnee City, Nebraska
Census Data for Pawnee City ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Pawnee City a population of 824 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Pawnee City a population of 878 people.
The city of Pawnee City is located in Pawnee County. The 2010 Census gave Pawnee County a population of 2,773 people. This means that Pawnee City had 31.66% of the county's total population, making it Pawnee's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Pawnee City, 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 Pawnee City reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Pawnee City 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 Pawnee City has a total area of 1.21 square miles [3.1 km²].
Pawnee County has a land area of 431.1 square miles [1,116.5 km²]. At 1.21 square miles [3.1 km²], Pawnee City has 0.28% 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: 40° 6' 38" (or 40.11°) [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 (878 people) and land area (1.21 square miles [3.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Pawnee City had a population density of 728 people per square mile [281.3 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Pawnee City had a population of 1,033 people and a land area of 1.17 square miles [3 km²]. This gives a population density of 881 people per square mile [340.5 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 Pawnee City. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, Pawnee City had 518 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 878 people, this averages 1.69 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Pawnee City had a land area of 1.21 square miles [3.1 km²]. This translates to 429.9 Housing Units per square mile [166 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Pawnee City had 542 Housing Units, a population of 1,033 people and a land area of 1.17 square miles [3 km²]. This gives a density of 1.91 people per Housing Unit and 462.7 Housing Units per square mile [178.7 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 Pawnee City and you need to be careful when comparing numbers 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).
Pawnee County ...
The county had a population of 2,773 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 878 people, Pawnee City represented 31.66% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Pawnee City has a population density of 728 people per square mile [281.3 people/km²], Pawnee County averages 6.43 people per square mile [2.48 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Pawnee County.
Population Rings for Pawnee City ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Pawnee City and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Pawnee City. 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 Pawnee City, 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 Pawnee City. 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 2.88% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Pawnee City was 1.21 square miles [3.1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.17 square miles [3 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 Pawnee City, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Pawnee City.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 40.110621° (or 40°6'38" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 40.110603° (or 40°6'38" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 163.8 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 (#2396164) to Pawnee City. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Pawnee City. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 40.110409° (or 40°6'37" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 157 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Pawnee City. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Pawnee City.
Miscellaneous Information for Pawnee City ...
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 Pawnee County or the city of Pawnee City:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Pawnee City:
GNIS ID for Pawnee City: 2396164
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 133 (Pawnee County)
Place Code: 92322 (Pawnee City)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Pawnee City 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 Pawnee City.
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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for Pawnee County: www.co.pawnee.ne.us/
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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