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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Wascott a population of 775 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Wascott a population of 763 people.

The community of Wascott is located in Douglas County. The 2010 Census gave Douglas County a population of 44,159 people. This means that Wascott had 1.73% of the county's total population, making it Douglas' 10th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Wascott had 0.01% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 1137th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Wascott, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or 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 Wascott reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Wascott might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Wascott has a total area of 141.2 square miles [365.6 km²]. Of this total, 131.4 square miles [340.4 km²] is land, with the balance (6.89%) being water (9.73 square miles [25.2 km²]).

Douglas County has a land area of 1,304 square miles [3,377.7 km²]. At 131.4 square miles [340.4 km²], Wascott has 10.08% 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   46° 11' 21"   (or 46.19°)             [Map]

Lon:   -91° 48' 23"   (or -91.81°)

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 (763 people) and land area (131.4 square miles [340.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Wascott had a population density of 5.41 people per square mile [2.09 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Wascott had a population of 714 people and a land area of 133 square miles [344.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 5.06 people per square mile [1.95 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 Wascott. 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 differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Douglas County ...

The community of Wascott is located in Douglas County.

The county had a population of 44,159 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 763 people, Wascott represented 1.73% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Wascott has a population density of 5.41 people per square mile [2.09 people/km²], Douglas County averages 33.86 people per square mile [13.07 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Wascott ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Wascott and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Wascott. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<3>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1775+1.57%
10 mi   [16 km]63,571---
15 mi   [24 km]115,415+0.22%
20 mi   [32 km]2313,601---
25 mi   [40 km]3628,293-0.2%
30 mi   [48 km]5241,430-0.29%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Wascott, 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 Wascott. 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 ...

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 Wascott was 141.2 square miles [365.6 km²]. Of this total, 131.4 square miles [340.4 km²] is land, with the balance (6.89%) being water (9.73 square miles [25.2 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 141.1 square miles [365.5 km²]. Of this total, 133 square miles [344.4 km²] is land, with the balance (5.78%) being water (8.16 square miles [21.1 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   46.189394°   (or 46°11'21" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.806632°   (or -91°48'23" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   46.193763°   (or 46°11'37" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.852804°   (or -91°51'10" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2 miles to the east<4> 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 (#1584348) to Wascott. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Wascott. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   46.202164°   (or 46°12'7" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.798798°   (or -91°47'55" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 5,058 feet to the southwest<5> of the point given by the GNIS for Wascott. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Wascott.

Miscellaneous Information for Wascott ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Douglas County or the community of Wascott:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Wascott: 1584348

GNIS ID for Douglas County: 1581075

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: 031 (Douglas County)

Place Code: 83512 (Wascott)

State & County Code: 55/031 (Wisconsin / Douglas County)

State & Place Code: 55/83512 (Wisconsin / Wascott)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Wascott 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 Wascott.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Douglas County:

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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 2017.

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<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.

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<3>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.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 262 degrees and a distance of 2 miles.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 156 degrees and a distance of 5,058 feet.

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