Town of West Kewaunee, Wisconsin
Census Data for West Kewaunee ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives West Kewaunee a population of 1,325 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving West Kewaunee a population of 1,296 people.
The community of West Kewaunee is located in Kewaunee County. The 2010 Census gave Kewaunee County a population of 20,574 people. This means that West Kewaunee had 6.3% of the county's total population, making it Kewaunee's 7th most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that West Kewaunee had 0.02% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 681st most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like West Kewaunee, 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 West Kewaunee reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of West Kewaunee 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 Kewaunee has a total area of 36.98 square miles [95.8 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.1 square miles [0.3 km²]).
Kewaunee County has a land area of 342.5 square miles [887.1 km²]. At 36.88 square miles [95.5 km²], West Kewaunee has 10.77% 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° 27' 5" (or 44.45°) [Map]
Lon: -87° 35' 3" (or -87.58°)
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 (1,296 people) and land area (36.88 square miles [95.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, West Kewaunee had a population density of 35.05 people per square mile [13.53 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows West Kewaunee had a population of 1,287 people and a land area of 36.91 square miles [95.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 34.77 people per square mile [13.42 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 Kewaunee. 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).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, West Kewaunee had 517 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,296 people, this averages 2.51 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows West Kewaunee had a land area of 36.88 square miles [95.5 km²]. This translates to 13.98 Housing Units per square mile [5.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: West Kewaunee had 485 Housing Units, a population of 1,287 people and a land area of 36.91 square miles [95.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.65 people per Housing Unit and 13.1 Housing Units per square mile [5.06 housing units/km²].
NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for West Kewaunee and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Kewaunee County ...
The community of West Kewaunee is located in Kewaunee County.
The county had a population of 20,574 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,296 people, West Kewaunee represented 6.3% of the county's total.
In addition, where the community of West Kewaunee has a population density of 35.05 people per square mile [13.53 people/km²], Kewaunee County averages 60.1 people per square mile [23.19 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Kewaunee County.
Population Rings for West Kewaunee ...
To help identify the number of people who live in West Kewaunee and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on West Kewaunee. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
| Radius ||No of|
|5 mi [8 km]||4||5,586||-1.31%|
|10 mi [16 km]||10||13,180||-0.29%|
|15 mi [24 km]||23||32,867||+0.52%|
|20 mi [32 km]||39||187,604||+1.7%|
|25 mi [40 km]||52||317,954||+2.35%|
|30 mi [48 km]||71||371,918||+3.11%|
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for West Kewaunee, 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 Kewaunee. 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.
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 West Kewaunee was 36.98 square miles [95.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 37.02 square miles [95.9 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 Kewaunee, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for West Kewaunee.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 44.451635° (or 44°27'5" N) [Map]
Lon: -87.584416° (or -87°35'3" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 44.450782° (or 44°27'2" N) [Map]
Lon: -87.562728° (or -87°33'45" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 5,653 feet to the west<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 (#1584408) to West Kewaunee. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of West Kewaunee. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 44.455553° (or 44°27'19" N) [Map]
Lon: -87.586753° (or -87°35'12" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,552 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for West Kewaunee. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for West Kewaunee.
Miscellaneous Information for West Kewaunee ...
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 Kewaunee County or the community of West Kewaunee:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to West Kewaunee:
GNIS ID for West Kewaunee: 1584408
GNIS ID for Kewaunee County: 1581090
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: 061 (Kewaunee County)
Place Code: 85775 (West Kewaunee)
State & County Code: 55/061 (Wisconsin / Kewaunee County)
State & Place Code: 55/85775 (Wisconsin / West Kewaunee)
Misc. Census Codes ...
West Kewaunee 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 Kewaunee.
|<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 86 degrees and a distance of 5,653 feet.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 203 degrees and a distance of 1,552 feet.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Kewaunee.