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Census Data for Rulo ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Rulo a population of 162 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Rulo a population of 172 people.
The village of Rulo is located in Richardson County. The 2010 Census gave Richardson County a population of 8,363 people. This means that Rulo had 2.06% of the county's total population, making it Richardson's 4th 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 Rulo, 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 Rulo reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Rulo 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 Rulo has a total area of 0.63 square miles [1.6 km²].
Richardson County has a land area of 551 square miles [1,429.3 km²]. At 0.63 square miles [1.6 km²], Rulo has 0.11% 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° 3' 5" (or 40.05°) [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 (172 people) and land area (0.63 square miles [1.6 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Rulo had a population density of 273.9 people per square mile [105.7 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Rulo had a population of 226 people and a land area of 0.63 square miles [1.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 359.9 people per square mile [139 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 Rulo. 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, Rulo had 116 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 172 people, this averages 1.48 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Rulo had a land area of 0.63 square miles [1.6 km²]. This translates to 184.7 Housing Units per square mile [71.3 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Rulo had 132 Housing Units, a population of 226 people and a land area of 0.63 square miles [1.6 km²]. This gives a density of 1.71 people per Housing Unit and 210.2 Housing Units per square mile [81.2 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 Rulo and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Richardson County ...
The community of Rulo is located in Richardson County.
The county had a population of 8,363 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 172 people, Rulo represented 2.06% of the county's total.
In addition, where the village of Rulo has a population density of 273.9 people per square mile [105.7 people/km²], Richardson County averages 15.15 people per square mile [5.85 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Richardson County.
Population Rings for Rulo ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Rulo and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Rulo. 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 Rulo, 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 Rulo. 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 Rulo was 0.63 square miles [1.6 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.63 square miles [1.6 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 Rulo, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Rulo.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 40.051659° (or 40°3'5" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 40.052029° (or 40°3'7" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 164 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 (#2399140) to Rulo. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Rulo. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 40.051659° (or 40°3'5" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.78 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Rulo. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Rulo.
Miscellaneous Information for Rulo ...
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 Richardson County or the village of Rulo:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Rulo:
GNIS ID for Rulo: 2399140
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 147 (Richardson County)
Place Code: 42670 (Rulo)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Rulo 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 Rulo.
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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for Richardson County: www.co.richardson.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: 15 Apr 2019