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Census Data for Shenandoah ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Shenandoah a population of 2,957 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Shenandoah a population of 2,134 people.
The city of Shenandoah is located in Montgomery County. The 2010 Census gave Montgomery County a population of 455,746 people. This means that Shenandoah had 0.47% of the county's total population, making it Montgomery's 5th most populous community.
At the same time, Texas had a population of 25,145,561 people.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Shenandoah, 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 Shenandoah reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Shenandoah 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 Shenandoah has a total area of 1.86 square miles [4.8 km²].
Montgomery County has a land area of 1,041 square miles [2,698.1 km²]. At 1.86 square miles [4.8 km²], Shenandoah has 0.18% 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: 30° 11' 1" (or 30.18°) [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 (2,134 people) and land area (1.86 square miles [4.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Shenandoah had a population density of 1,146 people per square mile [442.5 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Shenandoah had a population of 1,503 people and a land area of 1.26 square miles [3.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,191 people per square mile [459.9 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 Shenandoah. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges 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, Shenandoah had 1,059 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,134 people, this averages 2.02 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Shenandoah had a land area of 1.86 square miles [4.8 km²]. This translates to 568 Housing Units per square mile [219.6 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Shenandoah had 532 Housing Units, a population of 1,503 people and a land area of 1.26 square miles [3.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.83 people per Housing Unit and 421.6 Housing Units per square mile [162.8 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 Shenandoah and you need to be careful when comparing numbers 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).
Montgomery County ...
The community of Shenandoah is located in Montgomery County.
The county had a population of 455,746 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,134 people, Shenandoah represented 0.47% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Shenandoah has a population density of 1,146 people per square mile [442.5 people/km²], Montgomery County averages 437.5 people per square mile [168.9 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Montgomery County.
Population Rings for Shenandoah ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Shenandoah and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Shenandoah. 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 Shenandoah, 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 Shenandoah. 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 47.56% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Shenandoah was 1.86 square miles [4.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.26 square miles [3.3 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 Shenandoah, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Shenandoah.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 30.183781° (or 30°11'1" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 30.179855° (or 30°10'47" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,435 feet to the north<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 (#2411883) to Shenandoah. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Shenandoah. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 30.183929° (or 30°11'2" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 273.6 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Shenandoah. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Shenandoah.
Miscellaneous Information for Shenandoah ...
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 Montgomery County or the city of Shenandoah:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Shenandoah:
GNIS ID for Shenandoah: 2411883
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 48 (Texas)
County Code: 339 (Montgomery County)
Place Code: 67400 (Shenandoah)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Shenandoah is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Shenandoah.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Shenandoah: www.ci.shenandoah.tx.us/
The official website for Montgomery County: www.co.montgomery.tx.us/
The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.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: 08 Jan 2020