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Census Data for Stanley ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Stanley a population of 3,700 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Stanley a population of 3,608 people.

The city of Stanley is located in Chippewa County. The 2010 Census gave Chippewa County a population of 62,415 people. This means that Stanley had 5.78% of the county's total population, making it Chippewa's 4th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Stanley had 0.06% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 243rd most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Stanley, 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 Stanley reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Stanley 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 Stanley has a total area of 4.25 square miles [11 km²]. Of this total, 4.18 square miles [10.8 km²] is land, with the balance (1.62%) being water (0.07 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Chippewa County has a land area of 1,008 square miles [2,611.7 km²]. At 4.18 square miles [10.8 km²], Stanley 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:   44° 57' 33"   (or 44.96°)             [Map]

Lon:   -90° 56' 37"   (or -90.94°)

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 (3,608 people) and land area (4.18 square miles [10.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Stanley had a population density of 848 people per square mile [327.6 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Stanley had a population of 1,898 people and a land area of 3.51 square miles [9.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 533 people per square mile [205.9 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 Stanley. 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, Stanley had 1,006 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 3,608 people, this averages 3.59 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Stanley had a land area of 4.18 square miles [10.8 km²]. This translates to 236.6 Housing Units per square mile [91.3 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Stanley had 900 Housing Units, a population of 1,898 people and a land area of 3.51 square miles [9.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.11 people per Housing Unit and 252.9 Housing Units per square mile [97.7 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 Stanley 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).

Chippewa County ...

The community of Stanley is primarily located in Chippewa County. A portion of Stanley extends into Clark County.

The county had a population of 62,415 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 3,608 people, Stanley represented 5.78% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Stanley has a population density of 848 people per square mile [327.6 people/km²], Chippewa County averages 61.9 people per square mile [23.9 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Stanley ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]46,044+2.37%
10 mi   [16 km]1414,828+1.54%
15 mi   [24 km]2521,255+1.51%
20 mi   [32 km]4040,834+2.02%
25 mi   [40 km]6581,167+2.37%
30 mi   [48 km]97192,344+3.49%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Stanley, 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 Stanley. 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 19.49% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Stanley was 4.25 square miles [11 km²]. Of this total, 4.18 square miles [10.8 km²] is land, with the balance (1.62%) being water (0.07 square miles [0.2 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 3.56 square miles [9.2 km²]. Of this total, 3.51 square miles [9.1 km²] is land, with the balance (1.19%) being water (0.05 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   44.959383°   (or 44°57'33" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.943719°   (or -90°56'37" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   44.961277°   (or 44°57'40" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.938528°   (or -90°56'18" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,506 feet to the southwest<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 (#1584210) to Stanley. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Stanley. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   44.962466°   (or 44°57'44" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.942918°   (or -90°56'34" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,142 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Stanley. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Stanley.

Miscellaneous Information for Stanley ...

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 Chippewa County or the city of Stanley:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Stanley: 1584210

GNIS ID for Chippewa County: 1581068

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: 017 (Chippewa County)

Place Code: 76625 (Stanley)

State & County Code: 55/017 (Wisconsin / Chippewa County)

State & Place Code: 55/76625 (Wisconsin / Stanley)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Stanley 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 Stanley.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About Chippewa 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 Stanley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Chippewa County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

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 117 degrees and a distance of 1,506 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 169 degrees and a distance of 1,142 feet.






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