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Pratt, West Virginia
Census Data for Pratt ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Pratt a population of 575 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Pratt a population of 602 people.
The town of Pratt is located in Kanawha County. The 2010 Census gave Kanawha County a population of 193,063 people. This means that Pratt had 0.31% of the county's total population, making it Kanawha's 13th most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Pratt, 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 Pratt reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Pratt 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 Pratt has a total area of 0.29 square miles [0.8 km²]. Of this total, 0.29 square miles [0.7 km²] is land, with the balance (2.05%) being water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
Kanawha County has a land area of 901 square miles [2,335.1 km²]. At 0.29 square miles [0.7 km²], Pratt has 0.03% 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° 12' 27" (or 38.21°) [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 (602 people) and land area (0.29 square miles [0.7 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Pratt had a population density of 2,061 people per square mile [796 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Pratt had a population of 551 people and a land area of 0.29 square miles [0.7 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,911 people per square mile [738 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 Pratt. 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 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, Pratt had 280 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 602 people, this averages 2.15 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Pratt had a land area of 0.29 square miles [0.7 km²]. This translates to 958 Housing Units per square mile [370.2 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Pratt had 251 Housing Units, a population of 551 people and a land area of 0.29 square miles [0.7 km²]. This gives a density of 2.2 people per Housing Unit and 870 Housing Units per square mile [336.3 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 Pratt and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Kanawha County ...
The community of Pratt is located in Kanawha County.
The county had a population of 193,063 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 602 people, Pratt represented 0.31% of the county's total.
In addition, where the town of Pratt has a population density of 2,061 people per square mile [796 people/km²], Kanawha County averages 214.1 people per square mile [82.7 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Kanawha County.
Population Rings for Pratt ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Pratt and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Pratt. 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 Pratt, 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 Pratt. 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 1.31% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Pratt was 0.29 square miles [0.8 km²]. Of this total, 0.29 square miles [0.7 km²] is land, with the balance (2.05%) being water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.29 square miles [0.7 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 Pratt, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Pratt.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 38.207558° (or 38°12'27" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 38.207149° (or 38°12'25" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 149.2 feet to the north<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 (#2391371) to Pratt. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Pratt. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 38.208228° (or 38°12'29" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 296.1 feet to the southwest<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Pratt. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Pratt.
Miscellaneous Information for Pratt ...
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 Kanawha County or the town of Pratt:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Pratt:
GNIS ID for Pratt: 2391371
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: 039 (Kanawha County)
Place Code: 65356 (Pratt)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Pratt 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 Pratt.
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The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
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The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/
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