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Census Data for Wheeler ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Wheeler a population of 336 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Wheeler a population of 348 people.

The village of Wheeler is located in Dunn County. The 2010 Census gave Dunn County a population of 43,857 people. This means that Wheeler had 0.79% of the county's total population, making it Dunn's 27th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Wheeler, 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 village.

Things like the population, area and housing for Wheeler reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Wheeler 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 Wheeler has a total area of 0.82 square miles [2.1 km²]. Of this total, 0.79 square miles [2 km²] is land, with the balance (3.31%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Dunn County has a land area of 850 square miles [2,201.8 km²]. At 0.79 square miles [2 km²], Wheeler has 0.09% 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:   45° 2' 28"   (or 45.04°)             [Map]

Lon:   -91° 53' 58"   (or -91.9°)

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 (348 people) and land area (0.79 square miles [2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Wheeler had a population density of 427 people per square mile [164.9 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Wheeler had a population of 317 people and a land area of 0.82 square miles [2.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 386.8 people per square mile [149.3 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 Wheeler. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading 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, Wheeler had 147 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 348 people, this averages 2.37 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Wheeler had a land area of 0.79 square miles [2 km²]. This translates to 180.4 Housing Units per square mile [69.6 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Wheeler had 142 Housing Units, a population of 317 people and a land area of 0.82 square miles [2.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.23 people per Housing Unit and 173.3 Housing Units per square mile [66.9 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 Wheeler and you need to be careful when comparing values 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).

Dunn County ...

The village of Wheeler is located in Dunn County.

The county had a population of 43,857 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 348 people, Wheeler represented 0.79% of the county's total.

In addition, where the village of Wheeler has a population density of 427 people per square mile [164.9 people/km²], Dunn County averages 51.6 people per square mile [19.92 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Wheeler ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Wheeler and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Wheeler. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]54,694+2.6%
10 mi   [16 km]1728,437+1.38%
15 mi   [24 km]3344,818+1.51%
20 mi   [32 km]5266,432+1.39%
25 mi   [40 km]78172,934+2.44%
30 mi   [48 km]111228,955+2.42%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 0.56% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Wheeler was 0.82 square miles [2.1 km²]. Of this total, 0.79 square miles [2 km²] is land, with the balance (3.31%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.82 square miles [2.1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   45.041196°   (or 45°2'28" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.899656°   (or -91°53'58" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   45.043728°   (or 45°2'37" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.906841°   (or -91°54'24" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,068 feet 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 (#1584424) to Wheeler. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Wheeler. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   45.043573°   (or 45°2'36" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -91.905732°   (or -91°54'20" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,789 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Wheeler. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Wheeler.

Miscellaneous Information for Wheeler ...

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 Dunn County or the village of Wheeler:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Wheeler: 1584424

GNIS ID for Dunn County: 1581076

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: 033 (Dunn County)

Place Code: 86575 (Wheeler)

State & County Code: 55/033 (Wisconsin / Dunn County)

State & Place Code: 55/86575 (Wisconsin / Wheeler)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Wheeler 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 Wheeler.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Wisconsin

About Dunn County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wheeler. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Dunn County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

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>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 243 degrees and a distance of 2,068 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 241 degrees and a distance of 1,789 feet.

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