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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives South Bend a population of 1,651 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving South Bend a population of 1,637 people.

The city of South Bend is located in Pacific County. The 2010 Census gave Pacific County a population of 20,920 people. This means that South Bend had 7.83% of the county's total population, making it Pacific's 2nd most populous community.

At the same time, Washington had a population of 6,724,540 people, meaning that South Bend had 0.02% of the total population of Washington - making it the state's 175th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like South Bend, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or 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 South Bend reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of South Bend might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for South Bend has a total area of 2 square miles [5.2 km²]. Of this total, 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (18.87%) being water (0.38 square miles [1 km²]).

Pacific County has a land area of 932 square miles [2,415.6 km²]. At 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²], South Bend has 0.17% 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   46° 40' 11"   (or 46.67°)             [Map]

Lon:   -123° 48' 6"   (or -123.8°)

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 (1,637 people) and land area (1.63 square miles [4.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, South Bend had a population density of 817 people per square mile [315.6 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows South Bend had a population of 1,807 people and a land area of 1.81 square miles [4.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 824 people per square mile [318.5 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 South Bend. 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, South Bend had 780 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,637 people, this averages 2.1 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows South Bend had a land area of 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²]. This translates to 389.4 Housing Units per square mile [150.4 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: South Bend had 815 Housing Units, a population of 1,807 people and a land area of 1.81 square miles [4.7 km²]. This gives a density of 2.22 people per Housing Unit and 372 Housing Units per square mile [143.6 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 South Bend and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Pacific County ...

The community of South Bend is located in Pacific County and is the County Seat for Pacific County.

The county had a population of 20,920 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,637 people, South Bend represented 7.83% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of South Bend has a population density of 817 people per square mile [315.6 people/km²], Pacific County averages 22.43 people per square mile [8.66 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for South Bend ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]24,571+1.15%
15 mi   [24 km]24,571+1.15%
20 mi   [32 km]36,195+0.44%
25 mi   [40 km]939,237-1.63%
30 mi   [48 km]1349,885-0.6%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for South Bend, 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 South Bend. 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 8.57% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for South Bend was 2 square miles [5.2 km²]. Of this total, 1.63 square miles [4.2 km²] is land, with the balance (18.87%) being water (0.38 square miles [1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.19 square miles [5.7 km²]. Of this total, 1.81 square miles [4.7 km²] is land, with the balance (19.1%) being water (0.38 square miles [1 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   46.669889°   (or 46°40'11" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -123.801846°   (or -123°48'6" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   46.663477°   (or 46°39'48" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -123.801176°   (or -123°48'4" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,343 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 (#2411933) to South Bend. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of South Bend. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   46.669303°   (or 46°40'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -123.803540°   (or -123°48'12" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 474.6 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for South Bend. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for South Bend.

Miscellaneous Information for South Bend ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Pacific County or the city of South Bend:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for South Bend: 2411933

GNIS ID for Pacific County: 1513274

GNIS ID for Washington: 1779804

The FIPS Codes ...

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

State Code: 53 (Washington)

County Code: 049 (Pacific County)

Place Code: 65625 (South Bend)

State & County Code: 53/049 (Washington / Pacific County)

State & Place Code: 53/65625 (Washington / South Bend)

Misc. Census Codes ...

South Bend is located in Census Region #4 (the West Region) and Division #9 (the Pacific 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 South Bend, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) South Bend. 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 South Bend: 98586<7>

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 South Bend.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Washington

About Pacific County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

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

The official website for Pacific County:

The official website for State of Washington:

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 4 degrees and a distance of 2,343 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 296 degrees and a distance of 474.6 feet.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether South Bend or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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