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Census Data for Spooner ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Spooner a population of 710 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Spooner a population of 706 people.

The community of Spooner is located in Washburn County. The 2010 Census gave Washburn County a population of 15,911 people. This means that Spooner had 4.44% of the county's total population, making it Washburn's 8th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Spooner had 0.01% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 1203rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Spooner, 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 Spooner reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Spooner 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 Spooner has a total area of 20.52 square miles [53.1 km²]. Of this total, 18.4 square miles [47.7 km²] is land, with the balance (10.32%) being water (2.12 square miles [5.5 km²]).

Washburn County has a land area of 797 square miles [2,064.5 km²]. At 18.4 square miles [47.7 km²], Spooner has 2.31% 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:   45° 50' 17"   (or 45.84°)             [Map]

Lon:   -91° 49' 41"   (or -91.83°)

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).

Population Density ...

Using the population (706 people) and land area (18.4 square miles [47.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Spooner had a population density of 34.4 people per square mile [13.28 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Spooner had a population of 677 people and a land area of 18.86 square miles [48.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 32.51 people per square mile [12.55 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 Spooner. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Spooner had 485 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 706 people, this averages 1.46 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Spooner had a land area of 18.4 square miles [47.7 km²]. This translates to 23.63 Housing Units per square mile [9.13 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Spooner had 383 Housing Units, a population of 677 people and a land area of 18.86 square miles [48.8 km²]. This gives a density of 1.77 people per Housing Unit and 18.39 Housing Units per square mile [7.1 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 Spooner and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Washburn County ...

The community of Spooner is located in Washburn County.

The county had a population of 15,911 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 706 people, Spooner represented 4.44% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Spooner has a population density of 34.4 people per square mile [13.28 people/km²], Washburn County averages 19.96 people per square mile [7.71 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Spooner ...

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

  Radius   No of
    Communities    
2018
    Population    
Change
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]44,967-1.31%
10 mi   [16 km]1210,337-0.78%
15 mi   [24 km]2315,040-0.19%
20 mi   [32 km]4128,523-0.19%
25 mi   [40 km]6155,858-0.36%
30 mi   [48 km]8070,793-0.57%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Spooner, 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 Spooner. 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 1.46% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Spooner was 20.52 square miles [53.1 km²]. Of this total, 18.4 square miles [47.7 km²] is land, with the balance (10.32%) being water (2.12 square miles [5.5 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 20.82 square miles [53.9 km²]. Of this total, 18.86 square miles [48.8 km²] is land, with the balance (9.57%) being water (1.96 square miles [5.1 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   45.838289°   (or 45°50'17" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.828271°   (or -91°49'41" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   45.836028°   (or 45°50'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.852136°   (or -91°51'7" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 6,117 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 (#1584188) to Spooner. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Spooner. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   45.846892°   (or 45°50'48" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.843787°   (or -91°50'37" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 5,036 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Spooner. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Spooner.

Miscellaneous Information for Spooner ...

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 Washburn County or the community of Spooner:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Spooner: 1584188

GNIS ID for Washburn County: 1581124

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: 129 (Washburn County)

Place Code: 75650 (Spooner)

State & County Code: 55/129 (Wisconsin / Washburn County)

State & Place Code: 55/75650 (Wisconsin / Spooner)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Spooner 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 Spooner.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Wisconsin

About Washburn County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


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

The official website for Washburn County: www.co.washburn.wi.us/

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)


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 2018.
<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>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.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 277 degrees and a distance of 6,117 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 231 degrees and a distance of 5,036 feet.




 

 

 

 

 


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