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Town of Brookfield, Vermont
Census Data for Brookfield ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Brookfield a population of 1,326 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Brookfield a population of 1,292 people.
The community of Brookfield is located in Orange County. The 2010 Census gave Orange County a population of 28,936 people. This means that Brookfield had 4.47% of the county's total population, making it Orange's 7th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Brookfield, 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 Brookfield reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Brookfield 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 Brookfield has a total area of 41.15 square miles [106.6 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.35 square miles [0.9 km²]).
Orange County has a land area of 687 square miles [1,779.4 km²]. At 40.79 square miles [105.7 km²], Brookfield has 5.94% 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° 1' 26" (or 44.02°) [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 (1,292 people) and land area (40.79 square miles [105.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Brookfield had a population density of 31.4 people per square mile [12.12 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Brookfield had a population of 1,222 people and a land area of 41.4 square miles [107.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 29.32 people per square mile [11.32 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 Brookfield. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect 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, Brookfield had 702 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,292 people, this averages 1.84 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Brookfield had a land area of 40.79 square miles [105.7 km²]. This translates to 17.06 Housing Units per square mile [6.59 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Brookfield had 602 Housing Units, a population of 1,222 people and a land area of 41.4 square miles [107.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.03 people per Housing Unit and 14.45 Housing Units per square mile [5.58 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 Brookfield and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Orange County ...
The community of Brookfield is located in Orange County.
The county had a population of 28,936 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,292 people, Brookfield represented 4.47% of the county's total.
In addition, where the community of Brookfield has a population density of 31.4 people per square mile [12.12 people/km²], Orange County averages 42.12 people per square mile [16.26 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Orange County.
Population Rings for Brookfield ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Brookfield and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Brookfield. 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 Brookfield, 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 Brookfield. 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 1.26% smaller than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Brookfield was 41.15 square miles [106.6 km²]. Of this total, 40.79 square miles [105.7 km²] is land, with the balance (0.86%) being water (0.35 square miles [0.9 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 41.67 square miles [107.9 km²]. Of this total, 41.4 square miles [107.2 km²] is land, with the balance (0.66%) being water (0.27 square miles [0.7 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Brookfield, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Brookfield.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 44.023896° (or 44°1'26" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 44.023474° (or 44°1'24" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 3,414 feet to the east<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 (#1462054) to Brookfield. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Brookfield. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 44.030898° (or 44°1'51" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,672 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Brookfield. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Brookfield.
Miscellaneous Information for Brookfield ...
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 Orange County or the community of Brookfield:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Brookfield:
GNIS ID for Brookfield: 1462054
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 50 (Vermont)
County Code: 017 (Orange County)
Place Code: 09325 (Brookfield)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Brookfield 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 Brookfield.
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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for State of Vermont: https://www.vermont.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: 07 Mar 2019