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Town of Spider Lake, Wisconsin
Census Data for Spider Lake ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Spider Lake a population of 346 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Spider Lake a population of 351 people.
The community of Spider Lake is located in Sawyer County. The 2010 Census gave Sawyer County a population of 16,557 people. This means that Spider Lake had 2.12% of the county's total population, making it Sawyer's 12th most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Spider Lake, 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 Spider Lake reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Spider Lake 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 Spider Lake has a total area of 108.9 square miles [282.1 km²]. Of this total, 99.2 square miles [257 km²] is land, with the balance (8.89%) being water (9.68 square miles [25.1 km²]).
Sawyer County has a land area of 1,257 square miles [3,256.4 km²]. At 99.2 square miles [257 km²], Spider Lake has 7.89% 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: 46° 7' 14" (or 46.12°) [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 (351 people) and land area (99.2 square miles [257 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Spider Lake had a population density of 3.22 people per square mile [1.24 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Spider Lake had a population of 391 people and a land area of 99.3 square miles [257.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 3.59 people per square mile [1.39 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 Spider Lake. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Spider Lake had 982 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 351 people, this averages 0.36 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Spider Lake had a land area of 99.2 square miles [257 km²]. This translates to 9.02 Housing Units per square mile [3.48 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Spider Lake had 776 Housing Units, a population of 391 people and a land area of 99.3 square miles [257.1 km²]. This gives a density of 0.5 people per Housing Unit and 7.13 Housing Units per square mile [2.75 housing units/km²].
NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Spider Lake and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Sawyer County ...
The community of Spider Lake is located in Sawyer County.
The county had a population of 16,557 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 351 people, Spider Lake represented 2.12% of the county's total.
In addition, where the community of Spider Lake has a population density of 3.22 people per square mile [1.24 people/km²], Sawyer County averages 13.17 people per square mile [5.08 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Sawyer County.
Population Rings for Spider Lake ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Spider Lake and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Spider Lake. 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 Spider Lake, 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 Spider Lake. 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.
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 Spider Lake was 108.9 square miles [282.1 km²]. Of this total, 99.2 square miles [257 km²] is land, with the balance (8.89%) being water (9.68 square miles [25.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 108.9 square miles [282 km²]. Of this total, 99.3 square miles [257.1 km²] is land, with the balance (8.84%) being water (9.63 square miles [24.9 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Spider Lake, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Spider Lake.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 46.120787° (or 46°7'14" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 46.097308° (or 46°5'50" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 9,403 feet to the northeast<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 (#1584185) to Spider Lake. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Spider Lake. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 46.120232° (or 46°7'12" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 315.3 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Spider Lake. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Spider Lake.
Miscellaneous Information for Spider Lake ...
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 Sawyer County or the community of Spider Lake:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Spider Lake:
GNIS ID for Spider Lake: 1584185
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 55 (Wisconsin)
County Code: 113 (Sawyer County)
Place Code: 75450 (Spider Lake)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Spider Lake 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 Spider Lake.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Spider Lake: www.townofspiderlake.org/
The official website for Sawyer County: www.sawyercountygov.org/
The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.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: 26 Jan 2020