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Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Whitefish Bay a population of 13,950 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Whitefish Bay a population of 14,110 people.

The village of Whitefish Bay is located in Milwaukee County. The 2010 Census gave Milwaukee County a population of 947,735 people. This means that Whitefish Bay had 1.49% of the county's total population, making it Milwaukee's 9th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Whitefish Bay had 0.25% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 59th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a village like Whitefish Bay, 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 Whitefish Bay reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Whitefish Bay 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 Whitefish Bay has a total area of 2.13 square miles [5.5 km²].

Milwaukee County has a land area of 241.4 square miles [625.2 km²]. At 2.13 square miles [5.5 km²], Whitefish Bay has 0.88% 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° 6' 47"   (or 43.11°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 54' 1"   (or -87.9°)

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 (14,110 people) and land area (2.13 square miles [5.5 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Whitefish Bay had a population density of 6,640 people per square mile [2,563 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Whitefish Bay had a population of 14,163 people and a land area of 2.14 square miles [5.5 km²]. This gives a population density of 6,610 people per square mile [2,552 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 Whitefish Bay. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect 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, Whitefish Bay had 5,553 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 14,110 people, this averages 2.54 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Whitefish Bay had a land area of 2.13 square miles [5.5 km²]. This translates to 2,613 Housing Units per square mile [1,008 housing units/km²].

Milwaukee County ...

The community of Whitefish Bay is located in Milwaukee County.

The county had a population of 947,735 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 14,110 people, Whitefish Bay represented 1.49% of the county's total.

In addition, where the village of Whitefish Bay has a population density of 6,640 people per square mile [2,563 people/km²], Milwaukee County averages 3,925 people per square mile [1,515 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Whitefish Bay ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]8659,968---
10 mi   [16 km]16817,069+0.35%
15 mi   [24 km]321,127,190+0.7%
20 mi   [32 km]481,358,877+1.1%
25 mi   [40 km]721,512,021+1.16%
30 mi   [48 km]1011,745,692+1.16%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Whitefish Bay, 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 Whitefish Bay. 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 0.81% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Whitefish Bay was 2.13 square miles [5.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.14 square miles [5.5 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 Whitefish Bay, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Whitefish Bay.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   43.113251°   (or 43°6'47" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.900554°   (or -87°54'1" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   43.111711°   (or 43°6'42" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.900762°   (or -87°54'2" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 564 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 (#1584425) to Whitefish Bay. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Whitefish Bay. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   43.112511°   (or 43°6'45" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.900919°   (or -87°54'3" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 286.7 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Whitefish Bay. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Whitefish Bay.

Miscellaneous Information for Whitefish Bay ...

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 Milwaukee County or the village of Whitefish Bay:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Whitefish Bay: 1584425

GNIS ID for Milwaukee County: 1581100

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: 079 (Milwaukee County)

Place Code: 86700 (Whitefish Bay)

State & County Code: 55/079 (Wisconsin / Milwaukee County)

State & Place Code: 55/86700 (Wisconsin / Whitefish Bay)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Whitefish Bay 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 Whitefish Bay.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Whitefish Bay:

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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 354 degrees and a distance of 564 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 340 degrees and a distance of 286.7 feet.

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