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Burnsville, West Virginia
Census Data for Burnsville ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Burnsville a population of 490 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Burnsville a population of 510 people.
The town of Burnsville is located in Braxton County. The 2010 Census gave Braxton County a population of 14,523 people. This means that Burnsville had 3.51% of the county's total population, making it Braxton's 3rd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Burnsville, 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 Burnsville reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Burnsville 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 Burnsville has a total area of 1.09 square miles [2.8 km²]. Of this total, 1.06 square miles [2.7 km²] is land, with the balance (3.03%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).
Braxton County has a land area of 510 square miles [1,323 km²]. At 1.06 square miles [2.7 km²], Burnsville has 0.21% 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° 51' 40" (or 38.86°) [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 (510 people) and land area (1.06 square miles [2.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Burnsville had a population density of 467.9 people per square mile [180.7 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Burnsville had a population of 481 people and a land area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 444.5 people per square mile [171.6 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 Burnsville. 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 differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Burnsville had 253 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 510 people, this averages 2.02 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Burnsville had a land area of 1.06 square miles [2.7 km²]. This translates to 232.1 Housing Units per square mile [89.6 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Burnsville had 252 Housing Units, a population of 481 people and a land area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]. This gives a density of 1.91 people per Housing Unit and 232.9 Housing Units per square mile [89.9 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 Burnsville and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Braxton County ...
The community of Burnsville is located in Braxton County.
The county had a population of 14,523 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 510 people, Burnsville represented 3.51% of the county's total.
In addition, where the town of Burnsville has a population density of 467.9 people per square mile [180.7 people/km²], Braxton County averages 28.43 people per square mile [10.98 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Braxton County.
Population Rings for Burnsville ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Burnsville and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Burnsville. 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 Burnsville, 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 Burnsville. 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 0.74% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Burnsville was 1.09 square miles [2.8 km²]. Of this total, 1.06 square miles [2.7 km²] is land, with the balance (3.03%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 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 Burnsville, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Burnsville.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 38.861197° (or 38°51'40" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 38.858538° (or 38°51'30" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,243 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 (#2390763) to Burnsville. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Burnsville. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 38.857964° (or 38°51'28" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,233 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Burnsville. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Burnsville.
Miscellaneous Information for Burnsville ...
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 Braxton County or the town of Burnsville:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Burnsville:
GNIS ID for Burnsville: 2390763
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: 007 (Braxton County)
Place Code: 11716 (Burnsville)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Burnsville 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 Burnsville.
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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: 04 Jan 2019