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Weirton, West Virginia
Census Data for Weirton ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Weirton a population of 18,685 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Weirton a population of 19,746 people.
The city of Weirton is located in Hancock County. The 2010 Census gave Hancock County a population of 30,676 people. This means that Weirton had 64.4% of the county's total population, making it Hancock's most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Weirton, 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 Weirton reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Weirton 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 Weirton has a total area of 19.27 square miles [49.9 km²]. Of this total, 18.05 square miles [46.8 km²] is land, with the balance (6.3%) being water (1.21 square miles [3.1 km²]).
Hancock County has a land area of 82.6 square miles [214 km²]. At 18.05 square miles [46.8 km²], Weirton has 21.85% 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: 40° 24' 22" (or 40.41°) [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 (19,746 people) and land area (18.05 square miles [46.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Weirton had a population density of 1,024 people per square mile [395.7 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Weirton had a population of 20,411 people and a land area of 17.87 square miles [46.3 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,059 people per square mile [409.2 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 Weirton. 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 changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Weirton had 9,645 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 19,746 people, this averages 2.05 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Weirton had a land area of 18.05 square miles [46.8 km²]. This translates to 500 Housing Units per square mile [193.3 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Weirton had 9,546 Housing Units, a population of 20,411 people and a land area of 17.87 square miles [46.3 km²]. This gives a density of 2.14 people per Housing Unit and 495.6 Housing Units per square mile [191.4 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 Weirton 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).
Hancock County ...
The county had a population of 30,676 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 19,746 people, Weirton represented 64.4% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Weirton has a population density of 1,024 people per square mile [395.7 people/km²], Hancock County averages 371.3 people per square mile [143.4 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Hancock County.
Population Rings for Weirton ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Weirton and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Weirton. 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 Weirton, 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 Weirton. 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 Weirton was 19.27 square miles [49.9 km²]. Of this total, 18.05 square miles [46.8 km²] is land, with the balance (6.3%) being water (1.21 square miles [3.1 km²]).
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 19.26 square miles [49.9 km²]. Of this total, 17.87 square miles [46.3 km²] is land, with the balance (7.22%) being water (1.39 square miles [3.6 km²]).
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Weirton, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Weirton.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 40.406331° (or 40°24'22" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 40.408567° (or 40°24'30" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,994 feet to the east<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 (#2390666) to Weirton. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Weirton. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 40.406086° (or 40°24'21" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 398.8 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Weirton. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Weirton.
Miscellaneous Information for Weirton ...
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 Hancock County or the city of Weirton:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Weirton:
GNIS ID for Weirton: 2390666
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: 029 (Hancock County)
Place Code: 85156 (Weirton)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Weirton 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 Weirton.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website for Weirton: www.cityofweirton.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