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Census Data for Wales ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Wales a population of 2,577 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Wales a population of 2,549 people.
The village of Wales is located in Waukesha County. The 2010 Census gave Waukesha County a population of 389,891 people. This means that Wales had 0.65% of the county's total population, making it Waukesha's 27th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Wales, 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 village.
Things like the population, area and housing for Wales reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Wales 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 Wales has a total area of 3.29 square miles [8.5 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
Waukesha County has a land area of 549 square miles [1,423.4 km²]. At 3.28 square miles [8.5 km²], Wales has 0.6% 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: 43° 0' 21" (or 43.01°) [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 (2,549 people) and land area (3.28 square miles [8.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Wales had a population density of 775 people per square mile [299.3 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Wales had a population of 2,523 people and a land area of 2.44 square miles [6.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,033 people per square mile [399 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 Wales. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, Wales had 987 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,549 people, this averages 2.58 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Wales had a land area of 3.28 square miles [8.5 km²]. This translates to 300.2 Housing Units per square mile [115.9 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Wales had 863 Housing Units, a population of 2,523 people and a land area of 2.44 square miles [6.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.92 people per Housing Unit and 353.5 Housing Units per square mile [136.5 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 Wales and you need to be careful when comparing results 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).
Waukesha County ...
The village of Wales is located in Waukesha County.
The county had a population of 389,891 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,549 people, Wales represented 0.65% of the county's total.
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Waukesha County.
Population Rings for Wales ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Wales and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Wales. 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 Wales, 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 Wales. 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 34.67% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Wales was 3.29 square miles [8.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.44 square miles [6.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Wales, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Wales.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 43.005837° (or 43°0'21" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 43.003882° (or 43°0'13" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,047 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 (#1584341) to Wales. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Wales. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 43.005010° (or 43°0'18" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,026 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Wales. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Wales.
Miscellaneous Information for Wales ...
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 Waukesha County or the village of Wales:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Wales:
GNIS ID for Wales: 1584341
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 55 (Wisconsin)
County Code: 133 (Waukesha County)
Place Code: 83175 (Wales)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Wales 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 Wales.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wales. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Waukesha County: www.waukeshacounty.gov/
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: 19 Jan 2019