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Census Data for Saint Albans ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Saint Albans a population of 10,553 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Saint Albans a population of 11,044 people.

The city of Saint Albans is located in Kanawha County. The 2010 Census gave Kanawha County a population of 193,063 people. This means that Saint Albans had 5.72% of the county's total population, making it Kanawha's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, West Virginia had a population of 1,852,994 people, meaning that Saint Albans had 0.6% of the total population of West Virginia - making it the state's 12th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Saint Albans, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or 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 Saint Albans reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Saint Albans might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Saint Albans has a total area of 3.69 square miles [9.6 km²]. Of this total, 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²] is land, with the balance (2.06%) being water (0.08 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Kanawha County has a land area of 901 square miles [2,335.1 km²]. At 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²], Saint Albans has 0.4% 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 at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   38° 22' 39"   (or 38.38°)             [Map]

Lon:   -81° 49' 9"   (or -81.82°)

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 (11,044 people) and land area (3.62 square miles [9.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Saint Albans had a population density of 2,991 people per square mile [1,154 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Saint Albans had a population of 11,567 people and a land area of 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 3,129 people per square mile [1,208 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 Saint Albans. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Saint Albans had 5,436 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 11,044 people, this averages 2.03 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Saint Albans had a land area of 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²]. This translates to 1,472 Housing Units per square mile [568 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Saint Albans had 5,467 Housing Units, a population of 11,567 people and a land area of 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.12 people per Housing Unit and 1,479 Housing Units per square mile [571 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 Saint Albans and you need to be careful when comparing values between the censuses. More information about the nature of these the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Kanawha County ...

The community of Saint Albans is located in Kanawha County.

The county had a population of 193,063 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 11,044 people, Saint Albans represented 5.72% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Saint Albans has a population density of 2,991 people per square mile [1,154 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 Saint Albans ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Saint Albans and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Saint Albans. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
    Communities    
2016
    Population    
Change
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]324,782-5.16%
10 mi   [16 km]890,723-4.34%
15 mi   [24 km]1098,930-3.62%
20 mi   [32 km]17108,649-3.38%
25 mi   [40 km]23119,260-3.14%
30 mi   [48 km]33125,737-3.19%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Saint Albans, 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 Saint Albans. 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.

Area ...

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 Saint Albans was 3.69 square miles [9.6 km²]. Of this total, 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²] is land, with the balance (2.06%) being water (0.08 square miles [0.2 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 3.7 square miles [9.6 km²]. Of this total, 3.62 square miles [9.4 km²] is land, with the balance (2.08%) being water (0.08 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Saint Albans, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Saint Albans.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   38.377616°   (or 38°22'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -81.819251°   (or -81°49'9" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   38.380365°   (or 38°22'49" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -81.819712°   (or -81°49'10" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,010 feet to the south<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 (#2390657) to Saint Albans. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Saint Albans. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   38.376871°   (or 38°22'36" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -81.819791°   (or -81°49'11" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 312.4 feet to the northeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Saint Albans. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Saint Albans.

Miscellaneous Information for Saint Albans ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Kanawha County or the city of Saint Albans:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Saint Albans:

GNIS ID for Saint Albans: 2390657

GNIS ID for Kanawha County: 1550026

GNIS ID for West Virginia: 1779805

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: 71212 (Saint Albans)

State & County Code: 54/039 (West Virginia / Kanawha County)

State & Place Code: 54/71212 (West Virginia / Saint Albans)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


The official website for Saint Albans: www.stalbanswv.com/

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: 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)



Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2016.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 187 degrees and a distance of 1,010 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 330 degrees and a distance of 312.4 feet.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Saint Albans.