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Census Data for Bangor ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Bangor a population of 5,227 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Bangor a population of 5,273 people.

The community of Bangor is located in Northampton County. The 2010 Census gave Northampton County a population of 297,735 people. This means that Bangor had 1.77% of the county's total population, making it Northampton's 7th most populous community.

At the same time, Pennsylvania had a population of 12,702,379 people, meaning that Bangor had 0.04% of the total population of Pennsylvania - making it the state's 183rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Bangor, 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 community.

Things like the population, area and housing for Bangor reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Bangor 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 Bangor has a total area of 1.54 square miles [4 km²]. Of this total, 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²] is land, with the balance (2.15%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Northampton County has a land area of 369.7 square miles [957.4 km²]. At 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²], Bangor has 0.41% 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° 52' 6"   (or 40.87°)             [Map]

Lon:   -75° 12' 26"   (or -75.21°)

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 (5,273 people) and land area (1.5 square miles [3.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Bangor had a population density of 3,430 people per square mile [1,324 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Bangor had a population of 5,319 people and a land area of 1.54 square miles [4 km²]. This gives a population density of 3,416 people per square mile [1,319 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 Bangor. 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, Bangor had 2,262 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 5,273 people, this averages 2.33 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Bangor had a land area of 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²]. This translates to 1,471 Housing Units per square mile [568 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Bangor had 2,249 Housing Units, a population of 5,319 people and a land area of 1.54 square miles [4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.37 people per Housing Unit and 1,444 Housing Units per square mile [557 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 Bangor 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).

Northampton County ...

Bangor is located in Northampton County.

The county had a population of 297,735 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 5,273 people, Bangor represented 1.77% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Bangor has a population density of 3,430 people per square mile [1,324 people/km²], Northampton County averages 805 people per square mile [311 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Bangor ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]514,707+2.65%
10 mi   [16 km]1342,121+1.36%
15 mi   [24 km]2096,010+0.23%
20 mi   [32 km]31219,979+0.46%
25 mi   [40 km]38358,048+1.14%
30 mi   [48 km]48403,809+0.96%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 1.28% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Bangor was 1.54 square miles [4 km²]. Of this total, 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²] is land, with the balance (2.15%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.56 square miles [4 km²]. Of this total, 1.54 square miles [4 km²] is land, with the balance (1.09%) being water (0.02 square miles [0 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   40.868578°   (or 40°52'6" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -75.207413°   (or -75°12'26" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   40.866749°   (or 40°52'0" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -75.210759°   (or -75°12'38" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,138 feet to the northeast<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 (#1215489) to Bangor. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Bangor. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   40.862040°   (or 40°51'43" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -75.204345°   (or -75°12'15" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,529 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Bangor. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bangor.

Miscellaneous Information for Bangor ...

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 Northampton County or the community of Bangor:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Bangor: 1215489

GNIS ID for Northampton County: 1209185

GNIS ID for Pennsylvania: 1779798

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 42 (Pennsylvania)

County Code: 095 (Northampton County)

Place Code: 04032 (Bangor)

State & County Code: 42/095 (Pennsylvania / Northampton County)

State & Place Code: 42/04032 (Pennsylvania / Bangor)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Bangor 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 Bangor.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Pennsylvania

About Northampton County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for Northampton County:

The official website for State of Pennsylvania:

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 305 degrees and a distance of 1,138 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 19 degrees and a distance of 2,529 feet.

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