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Census Data for Ralston ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Ralston a population of 7,333 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Ralston a population of 5,943 people.
The city of Ralston is located in Douglas County. The 2010 Census gave Douglas County a population of 517,110 people. This means that Ralston had 1.15% of the county's total population, making it Douglas' 2nd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Ralston, 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 Ralston reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Ralston 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 Ralston has a total area of 1.65 square miles [4.3 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
Douglas County has a land area of 328.5 square miles [850.7 km²]. At 1.64 square miles [4.3 km²], Ralston has 0.5% 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° 12' 0" (or 41.2°) [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 (5,943 people) and land area (1.64 square miles [4.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Ralston had a population density of 3,604 people per square mile [1,391 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Ralston had a population of 6,314 people and a land area of 1.69 square miles [4.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 3,725 people per square mile [1,438 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 Ralston. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Ralston had 2,711 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 5,943 people, this averages 2.19 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Ralston had a land area of 1.64 square miles [4.3 km²]. This translates to 1,644 Housing Units per square mile [634 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Ralston had 2,601 Housing Units, a population of 6,314 people and a land area of 1.69 square miles [4.4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.43 people per Housing Unit and 1,534 Housing Units per square mile [592 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 Ralston and you need to be careful when comparing values 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).
Douglas County ...
The community of Ralston is located in Douglas County.
The county had a population of 517,110 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 5,943 people, Ralston represented 1.15% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Ralston has a population density of 3,604 people per square mile [1,391 people/km²], Douglas County averages 1,574 people per square mile [607 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Douglas County.
Population Rings for Ralston ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Ralston and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Ralston. 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 Ralston, 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 Ralston. 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 2.7% smaller than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Ralston was 1.65 square miles [4.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.69 square miles [4.4 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 Ralston, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Ralston.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 41.200010° (or 41°12'0" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 41.202198° (or 41°12'7" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 817 feet to the south<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 (#2396309) to Ralston. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Ralston. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 41.200516° (or 41°12'1" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 693 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Ralston. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Ralston.
Miscellaneous Information for Ralston ...
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 Douglas County or the city of Ralston:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Ralston:
GNIS ID for Ralston: 2396309
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 055 (Douglas County)
Place Code: 40605 (Ralston)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Ralston 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 Ralston.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Ralston: www.cityofralston.com/
The official website for Douglas County: www.co.douglas.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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This page was last modified: 11 Mar 2019