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Census Data for Platte Center ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Platte Center a population of 335 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Platte Center a population of 336 people.

The village of Platte Center is located in Platte County. The 2010 Census gave Platte County a population of 32,237 people. This means that Platte Center had 1.04% of the county's total population, making it Platte's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Nebraska had a population of 1,826,341 people, meaning that Platte Center had 0.02% of the total population of Nebraska - making it the state's 251st most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Platte Center, 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 Platte Center reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Platte Center 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 Platte Center has a total area of 0.3 square miles [0.8 km²].

Platte County has a land area of 674 square miles [1,745.8 km²]. At 0.3 square miles [0.8 km²], Platte Center has 0.04% 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° 32' 14"   (or 41.54°)             [Map]

Lon:   -97° 29' 18"   (or -97.49°)

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 (336 people) and land area (0.3 square miles [0.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Platte Center had a population density of 1,123 people per square mile [433.9 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Platte Center had a population of 359 people and a land area of 0.3 square miles [0.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,202 people per square mile [464.2 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 Platte Center. 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, Platte Center had 146 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 336 people, this averages 2.3 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Platte Center had a land area of 0.3 square miles [0.8 km²]. This translates to 488.3 Housing Units per square mile [188.5 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Platte Center had 159 Housing Units, a population of 359 people and a land area of 0.3 square miles [0.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.26 people per Housing Unit and 532 Housing Units per square mile [205.6 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 Platte Center 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).

Platte County ...

The community of Platte Center is located in Platte County.

The county had a population of 32,237 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 336 people, Platte Center represented 1.04% of the county's total.

In addition, where the village of Platte Center has a population density of 1,123 people per square mile [433.9 people/km²], Platte County averages 47.83 people per square mile [18.47 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Platte Center ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]2381-0.26%
10 mi   [16 km]725,000+4.5%
15 mi   [24 km]1126,486+4.04%
20 mi   [32 km]1731,436+2.99%
25 mi   [40 km]2340,326+2.12%
30 mi   [48 km]3348,432+1.29%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Platte Center, 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 Platte Center. 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 ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Platte Center was 0.3 square miles [0.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.3 square miles [0.8 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 Platte Center, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Platte Center.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   41.537427°   (or 41°32'14" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -97.488475°   (or -97°29'18" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   41.537985°   (or 41°32'16" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -97.487491°   (or -97°29'14" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 336.9 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 (#2399687) to Platte Center. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Platte Center. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   41.537427°   (or 41°32'14" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -97.488474°   (or -97°29'18" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.78 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Platte Center. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Platte Center.

Miscellaneous Information for Platte Center ...

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 Platte County or the village of Platte Center:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Platte Center: 2399687

GNIS ID for Platte County: 835892

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: 141 (Platte County)

Place Code: 39310 (Platte Center)

State & County Code: 31/141 (Nebraska / Platte County)

State & Place Code: 31/39310 (Nebraska / Platte Center)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Platte Center 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 Platte Center.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Platte County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Platte Center. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Platte 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 127 degrees and a distance of 336.9 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 159 degrees and a distance of 0.78 feet.

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