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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives White River a population of 908 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving White River a population of 921 people.

The community of White River is located in Ashland County. The 2010 Census gave Ashland County a population of 16,157 people. This means that White River had 5.7% of the county's total population, making it Ashland's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that White River had 0.02% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 950th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like White River, 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 White River reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of White River 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 White River has a total area of 44.12 square miles [114.3 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.07 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Ashland County has a land area of 1,045 square miles [2,706.6 km²]. At 44.05 square miles [114.1 km²], White River has 4.22% 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:   46° 27' 0"   (or 46.45°)             [Map]

Lon:   -90° 51' 41"   (or -90.86°)

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 (921 people) and land area (44.05 square miles [114.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, White River had a population density of 20.88 people per square mile [8.06 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows White River had a population of 892 people and a land area of 44.04 square miles [114.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 20.21 people per square mile [7.8 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 White River. 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, White River had 355 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 921 people, this averages 2.59 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows White River had a land area of 44.05 square miles [114.1 km²]. This translates to 8.05 Housing Units per square mile [3.11 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: White River had 312 Housing Units, a population of 892 people and a land area of 44.04 square miles [114.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.86 people per Housing Unit and 7.07 Housing Units per square mile [2.73 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 White River and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Ashland County ...

The community of White River is located in Ashland County.

The county had a population of 16,157 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 921 people, White River represented 5.7% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of White River has a population density of 20.88 people per square mile [8.06 people/km²], Ashland County averages 15.46 people per square mile [5.97 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for White River ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1908-1.41%
10 mi   [16 km]1013,254-3.64%
15 mi   [24 km]1415,208-3.51%
20 mi   [32 km]2420,155-3.05%
25 mi   [40 km]3224,142-2.73%
30 mi   [48 km]4327,966-2.62%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

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

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 White River was 44.12 square miles [114.3 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 44.15 square miles [114.3 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 White River, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for White River.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   46.450212°   (or 46°27'0" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.861458°   (or -90°51'41" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   46.437908°   (or 46°26'16" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.831437°   (or -90°49'53" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 8,775 feet to the northwest<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 (#1584430) to White River. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of White River. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   46.440782°   (or 46°26'26" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -90.848521°   (or -90°50'54" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 4,730 feet to the northwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for White River. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for White River.

Miscellaneous Information for White River ...

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 Ashland County or the community of White River:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for White River: 1584430

GNIS ID for Ashland County: 1581061

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: 003 (Ashland County)

Place Code: 86850 (White River)

State & County Code: 55/003 (Wisconsin / Ashland County)

State & Place Code: 55/86850 (Wisconsin / White River)

Misc. Census Codes ...

White River 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 White River.

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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 59 degrees and a distance of 8,775 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 43 degrees and a distance of 4,730 feet.

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