Census Data for Bell Center ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Bell Center a population of 114 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Bell Center a population of 117 people.
The village of Bell Center is located in Crawford County. The 2010 Census gave Crawford County; a population of 16,644 people. This means that Bell Center had 0.7% of the county's total population, making it Crawford's 22nd most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people.
The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Bell Center has a total area of 5.59 square miles [14.5 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.04 square miles [0.1 km²]).
Crawford County has a land area of 570 square miles [1,478 km²]. At 5.55 square miles [14.4 km²], Bell Center has 0.97% of the county's total land area.
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- When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Bell Center, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually 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 village.
- Things like population, area and housing for Bell Center reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Bell Center might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
- 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: 43° 17' 30" (or 43.29°)
- Lon: -90° 49' 31" (or -90.83°)
- 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).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Bell Center had 64 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 117 people, this averages 1.83 people per Housing Unit.
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- The 2010 Census shows Bell Center had a land area of 5.55 square miles [14.4 km²]. This translates to 11.45 Housing Units per square mile [4.42 housing units/km²].
- From the Census of 2000: Bell Center had 60 Housing Units, a population of 116 people and a land area of 5.53 square miles [14.3 km²]. This gives a density of 1.93 people per Housing Unit and 10.78 Housing Units per square mile [4.16 housing units/km²].
- Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Bell Center and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Crawford County ...
The community of Bell Center is located in Crawford County<4>.
The county had a population of 16,644 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 117 people, Bell Center represented 0.7% of the county's total.
In addition, where the village of Bell Center has a population density of 20.93 people per square mile [8.08 people/km²], Crawford County averages 29.17 people per square mile [11.26 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Crawford County.
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Bell Center, 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 Bell Center. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.
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- Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Bell Center or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
- If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Bell Center, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Bell Center.
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- For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
- Lat: 43.291877° (or 43°17'30" N)
- Lon: -90.825486° (or -90°49'31" W)
- For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
- Lat: 43.291992° (or 43°17'31" N)
- Lon: -90.830489° (or -90°49'49" W)
- The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,328 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 (#1582784) to Bell Center. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Bell Center. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
- Lat: 43.291924° (or 43°17'30" N)
- Lon: -90.825406° (or -90°49'31" W)
- The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 27.28 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Bell Center. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bell Center.
Miscellaneous Information for Bell Center ...
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 Crawford County or the village of Bell Center:
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- The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Bell Center:
- GNIS ID for Bell Center: 1582784
- GNIS ID for Crawford County: 1581071
- GNIS ID for State of Wisconsin: 1779806
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- Bell Center is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #3 (the East North-Central Division).
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Bell Center.
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The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.gov/
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The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
|<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 2019.|
|<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.|
|<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).|
|<4>||If you're interested in how the shape of Wisconsin's counties, including Crawford, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 268 degrees and a distance of 1,328 feet.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 128 degrees and a distance of 27.28 feet.|