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Census Data for Staples ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Staples a population of 282 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Staples a population of 267 people.

The city of Staples is located in Guadalupe County. The 2010 Census gave Guadalupe County a population of 131,533 people. This means that Staples had 0.2% of the county's total population, making it Guadalupe's 7th most populous community.

At the same time, Texas had a population of 25,145,561 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Staples, 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 Staples reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Staples 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 Staples has a total area of 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).

Guadalupe County has a land area of 711 square miles [1,842.3 km²]. At 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²], Staples has 0.21% 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:   29° 45' 35"   (or 29.76°)             [Map]

Lon:   -97° 49' 25"   (or -97.82°)

Population Density ...

Using the population (267 people) and land area (1.5 square miles [3.9 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Staples had a population density of 178 people per square mile [68.7 people/km²].

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Staples had 121 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 267 people, this averages 2.21 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Staples had a land area of 1.5 square miles [3.9 km²]. This translates to 80.7 Housing Units per square mile [31.15 housing units/km²].

Guadalupe County ...

Staples is located in Guadalupe County.

The county had a population of 131,533 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 267 people, Staples represented 0.2% of the county's total.

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

Population Rings for Staples ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]21,554+12.36%
10 mi   [16 km]365,063+40.59%
15 mi   [24 km]7133,008+42.38%
20 mi   [32 km]13266,136+43.32%
25 mi   [40 km]19270,796+42.63%
30 mi   [48 km]25355,341+43.03%

Miscellaneous Information for Staples ...

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 Guadalupe County or the city of Staples:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Staples: 2633299

GNIS ID for Guadalupe County: 1383879

GNIS ID for Texas: 1779801

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 48 (Texas)

County Code: 187 (Guadalupe County)

Place Code: 70052 (Staples)

State & County Code: 48/187 (Texas / Guadalupe County)

State & Place Code: 48/70052 (Texas / Staples)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Staples is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Staples, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Staples. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

The ZIP code for Staples: 78670<5>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Guadalupe County:

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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 2018.

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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>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Staples or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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