Census offers look at RF area, state populationCensus data released Dec. 21 confirms that Wisconsin will keep all its congressional seats in the U.S. House and that its population has grown since the 2000 Census, but not by much relative to the last century.
Census data released Dec. 21 confirms that Wisconsin will keep all its congressional seats in the U.S. House and that its population has grown since the 2000 Census, but not by much relative to the last century.
The total U.S. population is now at 308,745,538; an increase of 9.7% over the last Census count, which was 281,421,906.
The national participation rate in the 23rd Census in U.S. history was 72%.
The most populous state is California with a population of 37,253,956. The least populous state is Wyoming with 563,626 people.
Numerically, Texas gained the most people, while Nevada showed the biggest percentage of growth.
In 2000, Midwest population was 64,392,776; now it is 66,927,010, a change of about 2.5 million people. Every census region grew, but the south and west saw the largest percentage of growth.
Wisconsin’s population growth over the last 10 years was the second-lowest in the last 100 years.
According to the new Census, the number of Wisconsinites grew by 6% since 2000. Only the 1980s did the state have a smaller growth rate -- around 4% -- over the past 10 decades.
The Badger State now has about 5.7 million residents. UW-Madison population expert Dan Veroff said the figures were about what he expected.
He thinks the recession might have caused fewer people to move but says Wisconsin has a reputation for keeping the new residents it gets.
The State Department of Administration released population estimates information based on the 2010 Census numbers.
The 2000 Census counted 63,155 people in St. Croix County; 2010 estimates put the population at 79,919. That reflects growth of 16,764 people and a percentage of 26.5%.
Census numbers in 2000 showed 36,804 people living in Pierce County; initial numbers for 2010 show 40,776. That equals growth of 3,972 people and a percentage of 10.8%.
Across the two counties, River Falls had population of 12,560 in 2000, and an estimated population of 14,477 in 2010. The city grew by 1,917 people -- 15.3%.
The town of River Falls counted 2,304 people in 2000 and 2,401 in 2010. The town grew by 97 people -- 4.2%.
The town of Clifton had 1,657 people in 2000 and about 1,989 people in 2010. Clifton grew by 332 people -- about 20%.
The town of Kinnickinnic had 1,400 people living in it as of 2000, and about 1,695 in 2010. It grew by 295 people -- about 21%.
The town of Troy had 3,661 people in 2000 and 4,572 in 2010. Troy grew by 911 people -- about 25%.
The Census also looks at population density by area. Average population density in the United States is 87.4 people per square mile.
Wisconsin has an average of 105 people per square mile, and its density ranks 25th in the U.S.
Ranking number one in density with 9,857 people per square mile is the District of Columbia; the least densely populated state is Alaska, with average of 1.2 people per square mile.
Based on density counts, it is estimated that each of Wisconsin’s eight legislators represent 712,279 Wisconsinites.
A few states lost a representative seat based on 2010 Census counts: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. New York and Ohio each lost two seats.
Find more information about the Census online at 2010census.gov