Census Data for West Baraboo ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives West Baraboo a population of 1,428 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving West Baraboo a population of 1,414 people.
The village of West Baraboo is located in Sauk County. The 2010 Census gave Sauk County a population of 61,976 people. This means that West Baraboo had 2.28% of the county's total population, making it Sauk's 12th most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that West Baraboo had 0.02% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 625th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like West Baraboo, 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 village.
Things like the population, area and housing for West Baraboo reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of West Baraboo 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 West Baraboo has a total area of 1.25 square miles [3.2 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
Sauk County has a land area of 830 square miles [2,152 km²]. At 1.24 square miles [3.2 km²], West Baraboo has 0.15% 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: 43° 28' 40" (or 43.48°) [Map]
Lon: -89° 45' 55" (or -89.77°)
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 (1,414 people) and land area (1.24 square miles [3.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, West Baraboo had a population density of 1,131 people per square mile [436.8 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows West Baraboo had a population of 1,248 people and a land area of 0.81 square miles [2.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,533 people per square mile [592 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 West Baraboo. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, West Baraboo had 638 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,414 people, this averages 2.22 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows West Baraboo had a land area of 1.24 square miles [3.2 km²]. This translates to 510 Housing Units per square mile [197.1 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: West Baraboo had 490 Housing Units, a population of 1,248 people and a land area of 0.81 square miles [2.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.55 people per Housing Unit and 602 Housing Units per square mile [232.5 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 West Baraboo and you need to be careful when comparing numbers 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).
Sauk County ...
The community of West Baraboo is located in Sauk County.
The county had a population of 61,976 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,414 people, West Baraboo represented 2.28% of the county's total.
In addition, where the village of West Baraboo has a population density of 1,131 people per square mile [436.8 people/km²], Sauk County averages 74.6 people per square mile [28.8 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Sauk County.
Population Rings for West Baraboo ...
To help identify the number of people who live in West Baraboo and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on West Baraboo. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
| Radius ||No of|
|5 mi [8 km]||5||17,016||+1.49%|
|10 mi [16 km]||16||31,383||+2.85%|
|15 mi [24 km]||34||77,242||+2.54%|
|20 mi [32 km]||61||106,732||+2.35%|
|25 mi [40 km]||90||152,986||+3.6%|
|30 mi [48 km]||118||219,645||+4.28%|
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for West Baraboo, 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 West Baraboo. 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 53.63% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for West Baraboo was 1.25 square miles [3.2 km²]. Of this total, 1.24 square miles [3.2 km²] is land, with the balance (0.56%) being water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.81 square miles [2.1 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 West Baraboo, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for West Baraboo.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 43.477976° (or 43°28'40" N) [Map]
Lon: -89.765553° (or -89°45'55" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 43.475972° (or 43°28'33" N) [Map]
Lon: -89.765390° (or -89°45'55" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 731 feet to the north<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 (#1584398) to West Baraboo. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of West Baraboo. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 43.475816° (or 43°28'32" N) [Map]
Lon: -89.768180° (or -89°46'5" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,050 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for West Baraboo. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for West Baraboo.
Miscellaneous Information for West Baraboo ...
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 Sauk County or the village of West Baraboo:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to West Baraboo:
GNIS ID for West Baraboo: 1584398
GNIS ID for Sauk County: 1581115
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: 111 (Sauk County)
Place Code: 85325 (West Baraboo)
State & County Code: 55/111 (Wisconsin / Sauk County)
State & Place Code: 55/85325 (Wisconsin / West Baraboo)
Misc. Census Codes ...
West Baraboo 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 West Baraboo.
|<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>||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 3 degrees and a distance of 731 feet.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 318 degrees and a distance of 1,050 feet.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Baraboo.