Town of Willow Springs, Wisconsin
Census Data for Willow Springs ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Willow Springs a population of 770 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Willow Springs a population of 758 people.
The community of Willow Springs is located in Lafayette County. The 2010 Census gave Lafayette County a population of 16,836 people. This means that Willow Springs had 4.5% of the county's total population, making it Lafayette's 10th most populous community.
At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Willow Springs had 0.01% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 1143rd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Willow Springs, 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 Willow Springs reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Willow Springs 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 Willow Springs has a total area of 48.3 square miles [125.1 km²].
Lafayette County has a land area of 633 square miles [1,641 km²]. At 48.3 square miles [125.1 km²], Willow Springs has 7.62% 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: 42° 45' 20" (or 42.76°) [Map]
Lon: -90° 7' 54" (or -90.13°)
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 (758 people) and land area (48.3 square miles [125.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Willow Springs had a population density of 15.69 people per square mile [6.06 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Willow Springs had a population of 632 people and a land area of 48.26 square miles [125 km²]. This gives a population density of 13.1 people per square mile [5.06 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 Willow Springs. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Willow Springs had 300 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 758 people, this averages 2.53 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Willow Springs had a land area of 48.3 square miles [125.1 km²]. This translates to 6.21 Housing Units per square mile [2.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Willow Springs had 237 Housing Units, a population of 632 people and a land area of 48.26 square miles [125 km²]. This gives a density of 2.67 people per Housing Unit and 4.91 Housing Units per square mile [1.9 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 Willow Springs and you need to be careful when comparing results 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).
Lafayette County ...
The community of Willow Springs is located in Lafayette County.
The county had a population of 16,836 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 758 people, Willow Springs represented 4.5% of the county's total.
In addition, where the community of Willow Springs has a population density of 15.69 people per square mile [6.06 people/km²], Lafayette County averages 26.57 people per square mile [10.26 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Lafayette County.
Population Rings for Willow Springs ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Willow Springs and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Willow Springs. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
| Radius ||No of|
|5 mi [8 km]||4||3,978||-1.51%|
|10 mi [16 km]||11||10,601||-0.49%|
|15 mi [24 km]||30||25,515||-0.09%|
|20 mi [32 km]||57||57,116||+1.78%|
|25 mi [40 km]||79||75,044||+1.52%|
|30 mi [48 km]||110||129,623||+0.79%|
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Willow Springs, 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 Willow Springs. 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 Willow Springs was 48.3 square miles [125.1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 48.26 square miles [125 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 Willow Springs, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Willow Springs.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 42.755782° (or 42°45'20" N) [Map]
Lon: -90.131881° (or -90°7'54" W)
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 42.752037° (or 42°45'7" N) [Map]
Lon: -90.130202° (or -90°7'48" W)
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,437 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 (#1584442) to Willow Springs. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Willow Springs. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 42.751944° (or 42°45'6" N) [Map]
Lon: -90.130126° (or -90°7'48" W)
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,476 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Willow Springs. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Willow Springs.
Miscellaneous Information for Willow Springs ...
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 Lafayette County or the community of Willow Springs:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Willow Springs:
GNIS ID for Willow Springs: 1584442
GNIS ID for Lafayette County: 1581092
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: 065 (Lafayette County)
Place Code: 87275 (Willow Springs)
State & County Code: 55/065 (Wisconsin / Lafayette County)
State & Place Code: 55/87275 (Wisconsin / Willow Springs)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Willow Springs 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 Willow Springs.
|<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 18 degrees and a distance of 1,437 feet.|
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|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 18 degrees and a distance of 1,476 feet.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Willow Springs.