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Addison, West Virginia
Census Data for Addison ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Addison a population of 688 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Addison a population of 776 people.
The town of Addison is located in Webster County. The 2010 Census gave Webster County a population of 9,154 people. This means that Addison had 8.48% of the county's total population, making it Webster's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Addison, 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 town.
Things like the population, area and housing for Addison reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Addison 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 Addison has a total area of 0.47 square miles [1.2 km²]. Of this total, 0.45 square miles [1.2 km²] is land, with the balance (5.07%) being water (0.02 square miles [0.1 km²]).
Webster County has a land area of 553 square miles [1,433.5 km²]. At 0.45 square miles [1.2 km²], Addison has 0.08% 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: 38° 28' 39" (or 38.48°) [Map]
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 (776 people) and land area (0.45 square miles [1.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Addison had a population density of 1,640 people per square mile [633 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Addison had a population of 808 people and a land area of 0.47 square miles [1.2 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,729 people per square mile [667 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 Addison. 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, Addison had 447 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 776 people, this averages 1.74 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Addison had a land area of 0.45 square miles [1.2 km²]. This translates to 945 Housing Units per square mile [364.9 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Addison had 463 Housing Units, a population of 808 people and a land area of 0.47 square miles [1.2 km²]. This gives a density of 1.75 people per Housing Unit and 991 Housing Units per square mile [382.7 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 Addison and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Webster County ...
The town of Addison is located in Webster County.
The county had a population of 9,154 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 776 people, Addison represented 8.48% of the county's total.
In addition, where the town of Addison has a population density of 1,640 people per square mile [633 people/km²], Webster County averages 16.54 people per square mile [6.39 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Webster County.
Population Rings for Addison ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Addison and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Addison. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Addison, 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 Addison. 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.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 1.27% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Addison was 0.47 square miles [1.2 km²]. Of this total, 0.45 square miles [1.2 km²] is land, with the balance (5.07%) being water (0.02 square miles [0.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.47 square miles [1.2 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 Addison, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Addison.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 38.477719° (or 38°28'39" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 38.476192° (or 38°28'34" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,458 feet to the northeast<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 (#2390697) to Addison. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Addison. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 38.478193° (or 38°28'41" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 850 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Addison. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Addison.
Miscellaneous Information for Addison ...
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 Webster County or the town of Addison:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Addison:
GNIS ID for Addison: 2390697
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 54 (West Virginia)
County Code: 101 (Webster County)
Place Code: 00364 (Addison)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Addison is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Addison.
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The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/
The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)
The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
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This page was last modified: 19 Jan 2019