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Census Data for Whitewater ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Whitewater a population of 1,479 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Whitewater a population of 1,471 people.

The community of Whitewater is located in Walworth County. The 2010 Census gave Walworth County a population of 102,228 people. This means that Whitewater had 1.44% of the county's total population, making it Walworth's 26th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Whitewater had 0.03% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 595th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Whitewater, 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 Whitewater reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Whitewater 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 Whitewater has a total area of 29.67 square miles [76.8 km²]. Of this total, 28.67 square miles [74.3 km²] is land, with the balance (3.37%) being water (1 square miles [2.6 km²]).

Walworth County has a land area of 555 square miles [1,437.8 km²]. At 28.67 square miles [74.3 km²], Whitewater has 5.16% 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:   42° 46' 34"   (or 42.78°)             [Map]

Lon:   -88° 43' 58"   (or -88.73°)

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 (1,471 people) and land area (28.67 square miles [74.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Whitewater had a population density of 49.58 people per square mile [19.14 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Whitewater had a population of 1,399 people and a land area of 29.62 square miles [76.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 45.72 people per square mile [17.65 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 Whitewater. 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, Whitewater had 902 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,471 people, this averages 1.63 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Whitewater had a land area of 28.67 square miles [74.3 km²]. This translates to 30.4 Housing Units per square mile [11.74 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Whitewater had 829 Housing Units, a population of 1,399 people and a land area of 29.62 square miles [76.7 km²]. This gives a density of 1.69 people per Housing Unit and 27.09 Housing Units per square mile [10.46 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 Whitewater and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Walworth County ...

The Town of Whitewater is located in Walworth County.

The county had a population of 102,228 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,471 people, Whitewater represented 1.44% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Whitewater has a population density of 49.58 people per square mile [19.14 people/km²], Walworth County averages 184.2 people per square mile [71.1 people/km²].

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

Population Rings for Whitewater ...

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

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]521,135+1%
10 mi   [16 km]1235,078+1.15%
15 mi   [24 km]32115,247+0.88%
20 mi   [32 km]63273,254+1.62%
25 mi   [40 km]95448,693+0.54%
30 mi   [48 km]134732,763+1.16%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Whitewater, 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 Whitewater. 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 3.03% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Whitewater was 29.67 square miles [76.8 km²]. Of this total, 28.67 square miles [74.3 km²] is land, with the balance (3.37%) being water (1 square miles [2.6 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 30.6 square miles [79.2 km²]. Of this total, 29.62 square miles [76.7 km²] is land, with the balance (3.28%) being water (0.97 square miles [2.5 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   42.776241°   (or 42°46'34" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.732842°   (or -88°43'58" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   42.781731°   (or 42°46'54" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.708835°   (or -88°42'31" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 6,728 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 (#1584433) to Whitewater. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Whitewater. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   42.797233°   (or 42°47'50" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -88.705660°   (or -88°42'20" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 10,557 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Whitewater. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Whitewater.

Miscellaneous Information for Whitewater ...

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 Walworth County or the community of Whitewater:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Whitewater: 1584433

GNIS ID for Walworth County: 1581123

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: 127 (Walworth County)

Place Code: 86950 (Whitewater)

State & County Code: 55/127 (Wisconsin / Walworth County)

State & Place Code: 55/86950 (Wisconsin / Whitewater)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Whitewater 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 Whitewater.

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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 107 degrees and a distance of 6,728 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 136 degrees and a distance of 10,557 feet.

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