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Census Data for Wawarsing ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Wawarsing a population of 12,597 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Wawarsing a population of 13,157 people.

The community of Wawarsing is located in Ulster County. The 2010 Census gave Ulster County; a population of 182,493 people. This means that Wawarsing had 7.21% of the county's total population, making it Ulster's 5th most populous community.

At the same time, New York had a population of 19,378,102 people, meaning that Wawarsing had 0.07% of the total population of New York - making it the state's 188th most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Wawarsing has a total area of 133.9 square miles [346.7 km²]. Of this total, 130.5 square miles [338 km²] is land, with the balance (2.51%) being water (3.36 square miles [8.7 km²]).

Ulster County has a land area of 1,124 square miles [2,911.8 km²]. At 130.5 square miles [338 km²], Wawarsing has 11.61% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Wawarsing, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually 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 community.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Wawarsing reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Wawarsing might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • 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° 44' 48"   (or 41.75°)
    • Lon:   -74° 25' 10"   (or -74.42°)
    • 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).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wawarsing had 6,211 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 13,157 people, this averages 2.12 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Wawarsing had a land area of 130.5 square miles [338 km²]. This translates to 46.4 Housing Units per square mile [17.91 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Wawarsing had 5,821 Housing Units, a population of 12,889 people and a land area of 130.7 square miles [338.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.21 people per Housing Unit and 43.49 Housing Units per square mile [16.79 housing units/km²].
    • Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Wawarsing and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Ulster County ...

The community of Wawarsing is located in Ulster County<4>.

The county had a population of 182,493 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 13,157 people, Wawarsing represented 7.21% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Wawarsing has a population density of 98.3 people per square mile [37.95 people/km²], Ulster County averages 162.3 people per square mile [62.7 people/km²].

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

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Wawarsing, 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 Wawarsing. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Wawarsing or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Wawarsing, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Wawarsing.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   41.746881°   (or 41°44'48" N)
    • Lon:   -74.419590°   (or -74°25'10" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   41.740408°   (or 41°44'25" N)
    • Lon:   -74.399781°   (or -74°23'59" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 5,882 feet to the northwest<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 (#979609) to Wawarsing. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Wawarsing. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   41.747871°   (or 41°44'52" N)
    • Lon:   -74.421544°   (or -74°25'17" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 642 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Wawarsing. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Wawarsing.

Miscellaneous Information for Wawarsing ...

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 Ulster County or the community of Wawarsing:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Wawarsing:
    • GNIS ID for Wawarsing: 979609
    • GNIS ID for Ulster County: 974153
    • GNIS ID for State of New York: 1779796
  • The FIPS Codes ...
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Wawarsing is located in Census Region #1 (the Northeast Region) and Division #2 (the Middle Atlantic Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Wawarsing.

Mentions & References for Wawarsing

The Communities of New York

About Ulster County

About New York

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The official website for Ulster County:

The official website for State of New York:

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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 2019.
<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.
<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).
<4>If you're interested in how the shape of New York's counties, including Ulster, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 66 degrees and a distance of 5,882 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 235 degrees and a distance of 642 feet.






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