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Pleasant Valley, West Virginia
Census Data for Pleasant Valley ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Pleasant Valley a population of 3,164 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Pleasant Valley a population of 3,149 people.
The city of Pleasant Valley is located in Marion County. The 2010 Census gave Marion County a population of 56,418 people. This means that Pleasant Valley had 5.58% of the county's total population, making it Marion's 2nd most populous community.
At the same time, West Virginia had a population of 1,852,994 people, meaning that Pleasant Valley had 0.17% of the total population of West Virginia - making it the state's 39th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Pleasant Valley, 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 Pleasant Valley reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Pleasant Valley 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 Pleasant Valley has a total area of 3.41 square miles [8.8 km²]. Of this total, 3.23 square miles [8.4 km²] is land, with the balance (5.16%) being water (0.18 square miles [0.5 km²]).
Marion County has a land area of 308.7 square miles [799.6 km²]. At 3.23 square miles [8.4 km²], Pleasant Valley has 1.05% 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° 27' 11" (or 39.45°) [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 (3,149 people) and land area (3.23 square miles [8.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Pleasant Valley had a population density of 923 people per square mile [356.7 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Pleasant Valley had a population of 3,124 people and a land area of 3.34 square miles [8.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 934 people per square mile [360.8 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 Pleasant Valley. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading 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, Pleasant Valley had 1,513 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 3,149 people, this averages 2.08 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Pleasant Valley had a land area of 3.23 square miles [8.4 km²]. This translates to 443.8 Housing Units per square mile [171.4 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Pleasant Valley had 1,484 Housing Units, a population of 3,124 people and a land area of 3.34 square miles [8.7 km²]. This gives a density of 2.11 people per Housing Unit and 443.9 Housing Units per square mile [171.4 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 Pleasant Valley 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).
Marion County ...
The city of Pleasant Valley is located in Marion County.
The county had a population of 56,418 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 3,149 people, Pleasant Valley represented 5.58% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Pleasant Valley has a population density of 923 people per square mile [356.7 people/km²], Marion County averages 182.7 people per square mile [70.6 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Marion County.
Population Rings for Pleasant Valley ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Pleasant Valley and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Pleasant Valley. 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 Pleasant Valley, 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 Pleasant Valley. 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 1.97% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Pleasant Valley was 3.41 square miles [8.8 km²]. Of this total, 3.23 square miles [8.4 km²] is land, with the balance (5.16%) being water (0.18 square miles [0.5 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 3.34 square miles [8.7 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 Pleasant Valley, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Pleasant Valley.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 39.453074° (or 39°27'11" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 39.451522° (or 39°27'5" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,850 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 (#2390637) to Pleasant Valley. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Pleasant Valley. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 39.455364° (or 39°27'19" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 3,917 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Pleasant Valley. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Pleasant Valley.
Miscellaneous Information for Pleasant Valley ...
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 Marion County or the city of Pleasant Valley:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Pleasant Valley:
GNIS ID for Pleasant Valley: 2390637
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: 049 (Marion County)
Place Code: 64228 (Pleasant Valley)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Pleasant Valley 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 Pleasant Valley, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Pleasant Valley. 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 Pleasant Valley: 26554<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 Pleasant Valley.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Pleasant Valley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/
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