Town of Washington, Wisconsin
(Eau Claire County)
Census Data for Washington ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Washington a population of 7,444 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Washington a population of 7,182 people.
The community of Washington is located in Eau Claire County. The 2010 Census gave Eau Claire County a population of 98,736 people. This means that Washington had 7.27% of the county's total population, making it Eau Claire's 2nd most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Washington had 0.13% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 135th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Washington, 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 Washington reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Washington 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 Washington has a total area of 55.3 square miles [143.2 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.42 square miles [1.1 km²]).
Eau Claire County has a land area of 637 square miles [1,652.4 km²]. At 54.9 square miles [142.1 km²], Washington has 8.6% 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
Lat: 44° 44' 32" (or 44.74°) [Map]
Lon: -91° 24' 3" (or -91.4°)
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 (7,182 people) and land area (54.9 square miles [142.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Washington had a population density of 129.9 people per square mile [50.2 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Washington had a population of 6,995 people and a land area of 56.1 square miles [145.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 123.7 people per square mile [47.78 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 Washington. 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, Washington had 2,888 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 7,182 people, this averages 2.49 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Washington had a land area of 54.9 square miles [142.1 km²]. This translates to 52.2 Housing Units per square mile [20.17 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Washington had 2,615 Housing Units, a population of 6,995 people and a land area of 56.1 square miles [145.2 km²]. This gives a density of 2.67 people per Housing Unit and 46.26 Housing Units per square mile [17.86 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 Washington and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Eau Claire County ...
The community of Washington is located in Eau Claire County.
The county had a population of 98,736 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 7,182 people, Washington represented 7.27% of the county's total.
In addition, where the community of Washington has a population density of 129.9 people per square mile [50.2 people/km²], Eau Claire County averages 154.8 people per square mile [59.8 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Eau Claire County.
Population Rings for Washington ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Washington and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Washington. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
| Radius ||No of|
|5 mi [8 km]||2||14,933||+7.52%|
|10 mi [16 km]||12||104,373||+4.21%|
|15 mi [24 km]||26||137,871||+3.77%|
|20 mi [32 km]||46||162,103||+3.47%|
|25 mi [40 km]||67||181,743||+3.21%|
|30 mi [48 km]||93||224,074||+2.78%|
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Washington, 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 Washington. 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 2.21% smaller than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Washington was 55.3 square miles [143.2 km²]. Of this total, 54.9 square miles [142.1 km²] is land, with the balance (0.75%) being water (0.42 square miles [1.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 56.5 square miles [146.4 km²]. Of this total, 56.1 square miles [145.2 km²] is land, with the balance (0.85%) being water (0.47 square miles [1.2 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Washington, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Washington.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 44.742301° (or 44°44'32" N) [Map]
Lon: -91.400996° (or -91°24'3" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 44.770017° (or 44°46'12" N) [Map]
Lon: -91.420818° (or -91°25'14" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2 miles to the southeast<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 (#1584353) to Washington. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Washington. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 44.753849° (or 44°45'13" N) [Map]
Lon: -91.407103° (or -91°24'25" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 4,497 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Washington. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Washington.
Miscellaneous Information for Washington ...
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 Eau Claire County or the community of Washington:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Washington:
GNIS ID for Washington: 1584353
GNIS ID for Eau Claire County: 1581077
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: 035 (Eau Claire County)
Place Code: 83612 (Washington)
State & County Code: 55/035 (Wisconsin / Eau Claire County)
State & Place Code: 55/83612 (Wisconsin / Washington)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Washington 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 Washington.
|<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 2016.|
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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>||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).|
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|<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.|
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|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 206 degrees and a distance of 2 miles.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 200 degrees and a distance of 4,497 feet.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Washington.