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Census Data for Berkshire ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Berkshire a population of 1,728 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Berkshire a population of 1,692 people.

The community of Berkshire is located in Franklin County. The 2010 Census gave Franklin County a population of 47,746 people. This means that Berkshire had 3.54% of the county's total population, making it Franklin's 12th most populous community.

At the same time, Vermont had a population of 625,741 people, meaning that Berkshire had 0.27% of the total population of Vermont - making it the state's 108th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Berkshire, 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 Berkshire reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Berkshire 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 Berkshire has a total area of 42.23 square miles [109.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.23 square miles [0.6 km²]).

Franklin County has a land area of 633 square miles [1,641.3 km²]. At 42 square miles [108.8 km²], Berkshire has 6.63% 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:   44° 58' 12"   (or 44.97°)             [Map]

Lon:   -72° 43' 44"   (or -72.73°)

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 (1,692 people) and land area (42 square miles [108.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Berkshire had a population density of 40.07 people per square mile [15.47 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Berkshire had a population of 1,388 people and a land area of 42.2 square miles [109.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 32.88 people per square mile [12.69 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 Berkshire. 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 these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Berkshire had 648 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,692 people, this averages 2.61 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Berkshire had a land area of 42 square miles [108.8 km²]. This translates to 15.34 Housing Units per square mile [5.92 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Berkshire had 550 Housing Units, a population of 1,388 people and a land area of 42.2 square miles [109.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.52 people per Housing Unit and 13.03 Housing Units per square mile [5.03 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 Berkshire and you need to be careful when comparing results 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).

Franklin County ...

The community of Berkshire is located in Franklin County.

The county had a population of 47,746 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,692 people, Berkshire represented 3.54% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Berkshire has a population density of 40.07 people per square mile [15.47 people/km²], Franklin County averages 75.3 people per square mile [29.09 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Berkshire ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]23,023---
10 mi   [16 km]610,169+0.43%
15 mi   [24 km]1218,512+1.28%
20 mi   [32 km]2140,573+0.32%
25 mi   [40 km]3471,620+1.58%
30 mi   [48 km]50112,086+1.45%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Berkshire was 42.23 square miles [109.4 km²]. Of this total, 42 square miles [108.8 km²] is land, with the balance (0.54%) being water (0.23 square miles [0.6 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 42.22 square miles [109.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   44.970027°   (or 44°58'12" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.729053°   (or -72°43'44" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   44.952603°   (or 44°57'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.728311°   (or -72°43'41" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 6,355 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 (#1462041) to Berkshire. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Berkshire. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   44.967824°   (or 44°58'4" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -72.768193°   (or -72°46'5" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 10,127 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Berkshire. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Berkshire.

Miscellaneous Information for Berkshire ...

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 Franklin County or the community of Berkshire:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Berkshire: 1462041

GNIS ID for Franklin County: 1461762

GNIS ID for Vermont: 1779802

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 50 (Vermont)

County Code: 011 (Franklin County)

Place Code: 05425 (Berkshire)

State & County Code: 50/011 (Vermont / Franklin County)

State & Place Code: 50/05425 (Vermont / Berkshire)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Berkshire is located in Census Region #1 (the Northeast Region) and Division #1 (the New England Division).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Vermont

About Franklin County

About Vermont

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for State of Vermont:

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 1 degrees and a distance of 6,355 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 274 degrees and a distance of 10,127 feet.

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