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Census Data for Star City ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gives Star City a population of 1,958 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Star City a population of 1,825 people.

The town of Star City is located in Monongalia County. The 2010 Census gave Monongalia County a population of 96,189 people. This means that Star City had 1.9% of the county's total population, making it Monongalia's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, West Virginia had a population of 1,852,994 people, meaning that Star City had 0.1% of the total population of West Virginia - making it the state's 66th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Star City, 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 town.

Things like the population, area and housing for Star City reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Star City 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 Star City has a total area of 0.6 square miles [1.5 km²]. Of this total, 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²] is land, with the balance (17.11%) being water (0.1 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Monongalia County has a land area of 360.1 square miles [932.6 km²]. At 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²], Star City has 0.14% 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:   39° 39' 32"   (or 39.66°)             [Map]

Lon:   -79° 59' 11"   (or -79.99°)

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 (1,825 people) and land area (0.49 square miles [1.3 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Star City had a population density of 3,062 people per square mile [1,182 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Star City had a population of 1,366 people and a land area of 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 2,381 people per square mile [919 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 Star City. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a misleading comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Star City had 1,001 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,825 people, this averages 1.82 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Star City had a land area of 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²]. This translates to 1,679 Housing Units per square mile [648 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Star City had 753 Housing Units, a population of 1,366 people and a land area of 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²]. This gives a density of 1.81 people per Housing Unit and 1,312 Housing Units per square mile [506 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 Star City 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).

Monongalia County ...

The community of Star City is located in Monongalia County.

The county had a population of 96,189 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,825 people, Star City represented 1.9% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Star City has a population density of 3,062 people per square mile [1,182 people/km²], Monongalia County averages 267.1 people per square mile [103.1 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Monongalia County.

Population Rings for Star City ...

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

  Radius   No of
    Communities    
2017
    Population    
Change
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]439,247+8.27%
10 mi   [16 km]742,515+7.24%
15 mi   [24 km]1668,851+3.75%
20 mi   [32 km]3084,936+2.77%
25 mi   [40 km]41106,922+1.33%
30 mi   [48 km]60134,637+0.86%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Star City, 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 Star City. 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 ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 3.89% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Star City was 0.6 square miles [1.5 km²]. Of this total, 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²] is land, with the balance (17.11%) being water (0.1 square miles [0.3 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.57 square miles [1.5 km²]. Of this total, 0.49 square miles [1.3 km²] is land, with the balance (13.97%) being water (0.08 square miles [0.2 km²]).

Location ...

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

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   39.659156°   (or 39°39'32" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -79.986625°   (or -79°59'11" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   39.657966°   (or 39°39'28" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -79.986046°   (or -79°59'9" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 463.3 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 (#2391427) to Star City. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Star City. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   39.658799°   (or 39°39'31" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -79.986807°   (or -79°59'12" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 139.8 feet to the north<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Star City. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Star City.

Miscellaneous Information for Star City ...

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 Monongalia County or the town of Star City:

The GNIS Codes ...

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

GNIS ID for Star City: 2391427

GNIS ID for Monongalia County: 1550037

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: 061 (Monongalia County)

Place Code: 76516 (Star City)

State & County Code: 54/061 (West Virginia / Monongalia County)

State & Place Code: 54/76516 (West Virginia / Star City)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Star City 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 Star City.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Star City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.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 2017.

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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 20 degrees and a distance of 463.3 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 338 degrees and a distance of 139.8 feet.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Star City.



 
 
 

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