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Philippi, West Virginia
Census Data for Philippi ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Philippi a population of 3,380 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Philippi a population of 2,966 people.
The city of Philippi is located in Barbour County. The 2010 Census gave Barbour County a population of 16,589 people. This means that Philippi had 17.88% of the county's total population, making it Barbour's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Philippi, 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 city.
Things like the population, area and housing for Philippi reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Philippi 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 Philippi has a total area of 2.95 square miles [7.6 km²]. Of this total, 2.86 square miles [7.4 km²] is land, with the balance (3.12%) being water (0.09 square miles [0.2 km²]).
Barbour County has a land area of 341.1 square miles [883.3 km²]. At 2.86 square miles [7.4 km²], Philippi has 0.84% 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° 8' 49" (or 39.15°) [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 (2,966 people) and land area (2.86 square miles [7.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Philippi had a population density of 1,005 people per square mile [388.3 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Philippi had a population of 2,870 people and a land area of 2.84 square miles [7.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 977 people per square mile [377.4 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 Philippi. 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, Philippi had 1,383 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 2,966 people, this averages 2.14 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Philippi had a land area of 2.86 square miles [7.4 km²]. This translates to 469 Housing Units per square mile [181.1 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Philippi had 1,260 Housing Units, a population of 2,870 people and a land area of 2.84 square miles [7.4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.28 people per Housing Unit and 429.2 Housing Units per square mile [165.7 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 Philippi 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).
Barbour County ...
The county had a population of 16,589 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 2,966 people, Philippi represented 17.88% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Philippi has a population density of 1,005 people per square mile [388.3 people/km²], Barbour County averages 48.64 people per square mile [18.78 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Barbour County.
Population Rings for Philippi ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Philippi and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Philippi. 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 Philippi, 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 Philippi. 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 Philippi was 2.95 square miles [7.6 km²]. Of this total, 2.86 square miles [7.4 km²] is land, with the balance (3.12%) being water (0.09 square miles [0.2 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 2.94 square miles [7.6 km²]. Of this total, 2.84 square miles [7.4 km²] is land, with the balance (3.25%) being water (0.1 square miles [0.2 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Philippi, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Philippi.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 39.147211° (or 39°8'49" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 39.151569° (or 39°9'5" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,559 feet to the southwest<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 (#2390636) to Philippi. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Philippi. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 39.149971° (or 39°8'59" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 2,407 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Philippi. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Philippi.
Miscellaneous Information for Philippi ...
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 Barbour County or the city of Philippi:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Philippi:
GNIS ID for Philippi: 2390636
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: 001 (Barbour County)
Place Code: 63292 (Philippi)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Philippi is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).
The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...
While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Philippi, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Philippi. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.
The ZIP code for Philippi: 26416<7>
Census ZCTA Codes ...
The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).
ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Philippi.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Philippi: www.philippi.org/
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