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Town of West Bend, Wisconsin
Census Data for West Bend ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave West Bend a population of 4,769 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave West Bend a population of 4,774 people.
The community of West Bend is located in Washington County. The 2010 Census gave Washington County a population of 131,887 people. This means that West Bend had 3.62% of the county's total population, making it Washington's 7th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like West Bend, 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 community.
Things like the population, area and housing for West Bend reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of West Bend 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 West Bend has a total area of 16.95 square miles [43.9 km²]. Of this total, 14.89 square miles [38.6 km²] is land, with the balance (12.11%) being water (2.05 square miles [5.3 km²]).
Washington County has a land area of 430.7 square miles [1,115.5 km²]. At 14.89 square miles [38.6 km²], West Bend has 3.46% 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° 23' 28" (or 43.39°) [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 (4,774 people) and land area (14.89 square miles [38.6 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, West Bend had a population density of 281.7 people per square mile [108.8 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows West Bend had a population of 4,834 people and a land area of 16.14 square miles [41.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 266.6 people per square mile [102.9 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 West Bend. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable 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, West Bend had 2,212 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 4,774 people, this averages 2.16 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows West Bend had a land area of 14.89 square miles [38.6 km²]. This translates to 130.5 Housing Units per square mile [50.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: West Bend had 1,975 Housing Units, a population of 4,834 people and a land area of 16.14 square miles [41.8 km²]. This gives a density of 2.45 people per Housing Unit and 108.9 Housing Units per square mile [42.05 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 Bend and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Washington County ...
The Town of West Bend is located in Washington County.
The county had a population of 131,887 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 4,774 people, West Bend represented 3.62% of the county's total.
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Washington County.
Population Rings for West Bend ...
To help identify the number of people who live in West Bend and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on West Bend. 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 West Bend, 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 Bend. 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 6.55% smaller than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for West Bend was 16.95 square miles [43.9 km²]. Of this total, 14.89 square miles [38.6 km²] is land, with the balance (12.11%) being water (2.05 square miles [5.3 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 18.13 square miles [47 km²]. Of this total, 16.14 square miles [41.8 km²] is land, with the balance (11.76%) being water (1.99 square miles [5.2 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of West Bend, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for West Bend.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 43.391156° (or 43°23'28" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 43.395699° (or 43°23'44" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,672 feet to the south<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 (#1584400) to West Bend. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of West Bend. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 43.395834° (or 43°23'45" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,721 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for West Bend. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for West Bend.
Miscellaneous Information for West Bend ...
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 Washington County or the community of West Bend:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to West Bend:
GNIS ID for West Bend: 1584400
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 55 (Wisconsin)
County Code: 131 (Washington County)
Place Code: 85375 (West Bend)
Misc. Census Codes ...
West Bend 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 Bend.
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Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for Washington County: www.co.washington.wi.us/
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