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Census Data for Pender ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Pender a population of 1,100 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Pender a population of 1,002 people.
The village of Pender is located in Thurston County. The 2010 Census gave Thurston County a population of 6,940 people. This means that Pender had 14.44% of the county's total population, making it Thurston's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Pender, 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 village.
Things like the population, area and housing for Pender reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Pender 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 Pender has a total area of 0.71 square miles [1.8 km²].
Thurston County has a land area of 393.6 square miles [1,019.4 km²]. At 0.71 square miles [1.8 km²], Pender has 0.18% 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: 42° 6' 38" (or 42.11°) [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 (1,002 people) and land area (0.71 square miles [1.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Pender had a population density of 1,419 people per square mile [547 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Pender had a population of 1,148 people and a land area of 0.64 square miles [1.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,801 people per square mile [695 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 Pender. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Pender had 497 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,002 people, this averages 2.02 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Pender had a land area of 0.71 square miles [1.8 km²]. This translates to 703 Housing Units per square mile [271.8 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Pender had 542 Housing Units, a population of 1,148 people and a land area of 0.64 square miles [1.7 km²]. This gives a density of 2.12 people per Housing Unit and 850 Housing Units per square mile [328.5 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 Pender 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).
Thurston County ...
The county had a population of 6,940 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,002 people, Pender represented 14.44% of the county's total.
In addition, where the village of Pender has a population density of 1,419 people per square mile [547 people/km²], Thurston County averages 17.63 people per square mile [6.81 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Thurston County.
Population Rings for Pender ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Pender and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Pender. 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 Pender, 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 Pender. 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 10.81% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Pender was 0.71 square miles [1.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.64 square miles [1.7 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 Pender, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Pender.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 42.110615° (or 42°6'38" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 42.111563° (or 42°6'41" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 423.2 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 (#2399647) to Pender. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Pender. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 42.110345° (or 42°6'37" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 123.9 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Pender. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Pender.
Miscellaneous Information for Pender ...
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 Thurston County or the village of Pender:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Pender:
GNIS ID for Pender: 2399647
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 173 (Thurston County)
Place Code: 38750 (Pender)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Pender 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 Pender.
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This page was last modified: 08 Apr 2019