Town of Menasha, Wisconsin
Census Data for Menasha ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Menasha a population of 8,211 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Menasha a population of 18,498 people.
The community of Menasha is located in Winnebago County. The 2010 Census gave Winnebago County a population of 166,994 people. This means that Menasha had 11.08% of the county's total population, making it Winnebago's 3rd most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Menasha had 0.33% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 42nd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Menasha, 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 community.
Things like the population, area and housing for Menasha reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Menasha 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 Menasha has a total area of 13.91 square miles [36 km²]. Of this total, 12.17 square miles [31.5 km²] is land, with the balance (12.5%) being water (1.74 square miles [4.5 km²]).
Winnebago County has a land area of 434.5 square miles [1,125.3 km²]. At 12.17 square miles [31.5 km²], Menasha has 2.8% 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: 44° 13' 21" (or 44.22°) [Map]
Lon: -88° 28' 25" (or -88.47°)
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 (18,498 people) and land area (12.17 square miles [31.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Menasha had a population density of 1,329 people per square mile [513 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Menasha had a population of 15,858 people and a land area of 12.41 square miles [32.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,128 people per square mile [435.7 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 Menasha. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the nature of these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Menasha had 8,358 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 18,498 people, this averages 2.21 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Menasha had a land area of 12.17 square miles [31.5 km²]. This translates to 600 Housing Units per square mile [231.9 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Menasha had 6,521 Housing Units, a population of 15,858 people and a land area of 12.41 square miles [32.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.43 people per Housing Unit and 464 Housing Units per square mile [179.2 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 Menasha and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Winnebago County ...
The community of Menasha is located in Winnebago County.
The county had a population of 166,994 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 18,498 people, Menasha represented 11.08% of the county's total.
In addition, where the community of Menasha has a population density of 1,329 people per square mile [513 people/km²], Winnebago County averages 384.3 people per square mile [148.4 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Winnebago County.
Population Rings for Menasha ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Menasha and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Menasha. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
| Radius ||No of|
|5 mi [8 km]||7||156,705||-3.32%|
|10 mi [16 km]||18||221,733||-4.02%|
|15 mi [24 km]||33||329,098||-2.16%|
|20 mi [32 km]||64||391,870||-1.42%|
|25 mi [40 km]||88||453,436||-0.36%|
|30 mi [48 km]||122||588,469||-0.13%|
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Menasha, 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 Menasha. 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% smaller than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Menasha was 13.91 square miles [36 km²]. Of this total, 12.17 square miles [31.5 km²] is land, with the balance (12.5%) being water (1.74 square miles [4.5 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 14.05 square miles [36.4 km²]. Of this total, 12.41 square miles [32.1 km²] is land, with the balance (11.82%) being water (1.64 square miles [4.3 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Menasha, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Menasha.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 44.222514° (or 44°13'21" N) [Map]
Lon: -88.473789° (or -88°28'25" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 44.221719° (or 44°13'18" N) [Map]
Lon: -88.454513° (or -88°27'16" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 5,044 feet to the west<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 (#1583693) to Menasha. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Menasha. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 44.221375° (or 44°13'16" N) [Map]
Lon: -88.473164° (or -88°28'23" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 446.2 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Menasha. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Menasha.
Miscellaneous Information for Menasha ...
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 Winnebago County or the community of Menasha:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Menasha:
GNIS ID for Menasha: 1583693
GNIS ID for Winnebago County: 1581129
GNIS ID for Wisconsin: 1779806
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 55 (Wisconsin)
County Code: 139 (Winnebago County)
Place Code: 50850 (Menasha)
State & County Code: 55/139 (Wisconsin / Winnebago County)
State & Place Code: 55/50850 (Wisconsin / Menasha)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Menasha 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 Menasha.
|<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 86 degrees and a distance of 5,044 feet.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 21 degrees and a distance of 446.2 feet.|
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