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Census Data for Spooner ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Spooner a population of 2,609 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Spooner a population of 2,682 people.
The city of Spooner is located in Washburn County. The 2010 Census gave Washburn County a population of 15,911 people. This means that Spooner had 16.86% of the county's total population, making it Washburn's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city 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 city.
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 3.51 square miles [9.1 km²]. Of this total, 3.29 square miles [8.5 km²] is land, with the balance (6.4%) being water (0.23 square miles [0.6 km²]).
Washburn County has a land area of 797 square miles [2,064.5 km²]. At 3.29 square miles [8.5 km²], Spooner has 0.41% 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° 49' 36" (or 45.83°) [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 (2,682 people) and land area (3.29 square miles [8.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Spooner had a population density of 763 people per square mile [294.7 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Spooner had a population of 2,653 people and a land area of 3.03 square miles [7.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 855 people per square mile [330.2 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 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 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, Spooner had 1,302 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,682 people, this averages 2.06 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Spooner had a land area of 3.29 square miles [8.5 km²]. This translates to 370.5 Housing Units per square mile [143.1 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Spooner had 1,249 Housing Units, a population of 2,653 people and a land area of 3.03 square miles [7.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.12 people per Housing Unit and 402.6 Housing Units per square mile [155.4 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 results between the censuses. More information about 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 2,682 people, Spooner represented 16.86% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Spooner has a population density of 763 people per square mile [294.7 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>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
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.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 13.26% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Spooner was 3.51 square miles [9.1 km²]. Of this total, 3.29 square miles [8.5 km²] is land, with the balance (6.4%) being water (0.23 square miles [0.6 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 3.1 square miles [8 km²]. Of this total, 3.03 square miles [7.8 km²] is land, with the balance (2.1%) being water (0.07 square miles [0.2 km²]).
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: 45.826906° (or 45°49'36" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 45.825941° (or 45°49'33" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 385.9 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 (#1584187) 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: 45.824392° (or 45°49'27" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,241 feet to the northeast<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 city 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: 1584187
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: 75625 (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 ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Spooner: www.cityofspooner.org/
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)
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This page was last modified: 26 Jan 2020