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Census Data for Ragan ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Ragan a population of 38 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Ragan a population of 38 people.
The village of Ragan is located in Harlan County. The 2010 Census gave Harlan County a population of 3,423 people. This means that Ragan had 1.11% of the county's total population, making it Harlan's 6th most populous community.
At the same time, Nebraska had a population of 1,826,341 people.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Ragan, 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 Ragan reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Ragan 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 Ragan has a total area of 0.25 square miles [0.7 km²].
Harlan County has a land area of 553 square miles [1,433.5 km²]. At 0.25 square miles [0.7 km²], Ragan has 0.05% 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° 18' 38" (or 40.31°) [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 (38 people) and land area (0.25 square miles [0.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Ragan had a population density of 150.2 people per square mile [58 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Ragan had a population of 46 people and a land area of 0.25 square miles [0.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 182.5 people per square mile [70.5 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 Ragan. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, Ragan had 25 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 38 people, this averages 1.52 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Ragan had a land area of 0.25 square miles [0.7 km²]. This translates to 98.8 Housing Units per square mile [38.15 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Ragan had 26 Housing Units, a population of 46 people and a land area of 0.25 square miles [0.7 km²]. This gives a density of 1.77 people per Housing Unit and 103.1 Housing Units per square mile [39.82 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 Ragan 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).
Harlan County ...
The community of Ragan is located in Harlan County.
The county had a population of 3,423 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 38 people, Ragan represented 1.11% of the county's total.
In addition, where the village of Ragan has a population density of 150.2 people per square mile [58 people/km²], Harlan County averages 6.18 people per square mile [2.39 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Harlan County.
Population Rings for Ragan ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Ragan and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Ragan. 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 Ragan, 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 Ragan. 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.
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 Ragan was 0.25 square miles [0.7 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.25 square miles [0.7 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 Ragan, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Ragan.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 40.310771° (or 40°18'38" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 40.310093° (or 40°18'36" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 249.1 feet to the north<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 (#2399036) to Ragan. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Ragan. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 40.310752° (or 40°18'38" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 8.71 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Ragan. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Ragan.
Miscellaneous Information for Ragan ...
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 Harlan County or the village of Ragan:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Ragan:
GNIS ID for Ragan: 2399036
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 083 (Harlan County)
Place Code: 40570 (Ragan)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Ragan 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 Ragan.
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The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 15 Apr 2019