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Brandonville, West Virginia
Census Data for Brandonville ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Brandonville a population of 105 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Brandonville a population of 101 people.
The town of Brandonville is located in Preston County. The 2010 Census gave Preston County a population of 33,520 people. This means that Brandonville had 0.3% of the county's total population, making it Preston's 9th most populous community.
At the same time, West Virginia had a population of 1,852,994 people.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Brandonville, 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 Brandonville reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Brandonville 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 Brandonville has a total area of 0.39 square miles [1 km²].
Preston County has a land area of 648 square miles [1,680.4 km²]. At 0.39 square miles [1 km²], Brandonville has 0.06% 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: 39° 40' 1" (or 39.67°) [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 (101 people) and land area (0.39 square miles [1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Brandonville had a population density of 262.3 people per square mile [101.3 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Brandonville had a population of 102 people and a land area of 0.39 square miles [1 km²]. This gives a population density of 259.3 people per square mile [100.1 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 Brandonville. 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 these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Brandonville had 57 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 101 people, this averages 1.77 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Brandonville had a land area of 0.39 square miles [1 km²]. This translates to 148.1 Housing Units per square mile [57.2 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Brandonville had 46 Housing Units, a population of 102 people and a land area of 0.39 square miles [1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.22 people per Housing Unit and 116.9 Housing Units per square mile [45.15 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 Brandonville 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).
Preston County ...
The community of Brandonville is located in Preston County.
The county had a population of 33,520 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 101 people, Brandonville represented 0.3% of the county's total.
In addition, where the town of Brandonville has a population density of 262.3 people per square mile [101.3 people/km²], Preston County averages 51.7 people per square mile [19.95 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Preston County.
Population Rings for Brandonville ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Brandonville and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Brandonville. 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 Brandonville, 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 Brandonville. 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 2.14% smaller than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Brandonville was 0.39 square miles [1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.39 square miles [1 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 Brandonville, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Brandonville.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 39.667062° (or 39°40'1" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 39.666321° (or 39°39'58" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,746 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 (#2390749) to Brandonville. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Brandonville. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 39.667033° (or 39°40'1" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 41.77 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Brandonville. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Brandonville.
Miscellaneous Information for Brandonville ...
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 Preston County or the town of Brandonville:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Brandonville:
GNIS ID for Brandonville: 2390749
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: 077 (Preston County)
Place Code: 09844 (Brandonville)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Brandonville 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 Brandonville.
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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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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: 21 Feb 2019