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Census Data for Jim Thorpe ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Jim Thorpe a population of 4,633 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Jim Thorpe a population of 4,781 people.

The community of Jim Thorpe is located in Carbon County. The 2010 Census gave Carbon County a population of 65,249 people. This means that Jim Thorpe had 7.33% of the county's total population, making it Carbon's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Pennsylvania had a population of 12,702,379 people, meaning that Jim Thorpe had 0.04% of the total population of Pennsylvania - making it the state's 203rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Jim Thorpe, 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 Jim Thorpe reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Jim Thorpe 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 Jim Thorpe has a total area of 14.92 square miles [38.6 km²]. Of this total, 14.6 square miles [37.8 km²] is land, with the balance (2.15%) being water (0.32 square miles [0.8 km²]).

Carbon County has a land area of 381.5 square miles [988 km²]. At 14.6 square miles [37.8 km²], Jim Thorpe has 3.83% 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° 51' 34"   (or 40.86°)             [Map]

Lon:   -75° 46' 11"   (or -75.77°)

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 (4,781 people) and land area (14.6 square miles [37.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Jim Thorpe had a population density of 320.5 people per square mile [123.7 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Jim Thorpe had a population of 4,804 people and a land area of 14.47 square miles [37.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 325.3 people per square mile [125.6 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 Jim Thorpe. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Jim Thorpe had 2,290 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 4,781 people, this averages 2.09 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Jim Thorpe had a land area of 14.6 square miles [37.8 km²]. This translates to 153.5 Housing Units per square mile [59.3 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Jim Thorpe had 2,193 Housing Units, a population of 4,804 people and a land area of 14.47 square miles [37.5 km²]. This gives a density of 2.19 people per Housing Unit and 148.5 Housing Units per square mile [57.3 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Jim Thorpe and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Carbon County ...

Jim Thorpe is located in Carbon County and is the County Seat for Carbon County.

The county had a population of 65,249 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 4,781 people, Jim Thorpe represented 7.33% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Jim Thorpe has a population density of 320.5 people per square mile [123.7 people/km²], Carbon County averages 171.1 people per square mile [66 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Jim Thorpe ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]24,940-3.1%
10 mi   [16 km]1325,578-2.92%
15 mi   [24 km]2067,186-2.78%
20 mi   [32 km]31126,955-2.22%
25 mi   [40 km]65265,952-1.81%
30 mi   [48 km]95638,375-0.24%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Jim Thorpe, 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 Jim Thorpe. 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 1.04% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Jim Thorpe was 14.92 square miles [38.6 km²]. Of this total, 14.6 square miles [37.8 km²] is land, with the balance (2.15%) being water (0.32 square miles [0.8 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 14.77 square miles [38.2 km²]. Of this total, 14.47 square miles [37.5 km²] is land, with the balance (2.01%) being water (0.3 square miles [0.8 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   40.859487°   (or 40°51'34" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -75.769950°   (or -75°46'11" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   40.872938°   (or 40°52'22" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -75.736449°   (or -75°44'11" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 10,457 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 (#1215045) to Jim Thorpe. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Jim Thorpe. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   40.978976°   (or 40°58'44" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -75.697413°   (or -75°41'50" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 9 miles to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Jim Thorpe. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Jim Thorpe.

Miscellaneous Information for Jim Thorpe ...

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 Carbon County or the community of Jim Thorpe:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Jim Thorpe: 1215045

GNIS ID for Carbon County: 1213664

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: 025 (Carbon County)

Place Code: 38200 (Jim Thorpe)

State & County Code: 42/025 (Pennsylvania / Carbon County)

State & Place Code: 42/38200 (Pennsylvania / Jim Thorpe)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Jim Thorpe 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 Jim Thorpe.

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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 117 degrees and a distance of 10,457 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 155 degrees and a distance of 9 miles.

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