|population according to the United States Census Bureau|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
census:population=* tags were originally added to place=* features across the United States as part of the 2009 GNIS import, set to population estimates from the United States Census Bureau's 2006 American Community Survey. Some tags were later manually updated to Census 2010 figures, and some additional census:population=* tags were added manually later for completeness. 
A typical tag is census:population=107;2006, meaning that the place had an estimated population of 107 residents in 2006.
census:population=* is nonstandard and should no longer be added to new features. When you encounter this tag, add either of the following sets of standard tags:
- population=*, population:date=2020, and source:population=United States Census based on Census 2020.
- population=*, population:date=*, and source:population=American Community Survey based on the American Community Survey. (The date varies; population estimates are released every year for places over 65,000 residents or every five years for smaller places.)
In some cases, census:population=* contains the population of a different place with the same name in the same state. If the feature corresponds to an unincorporated place there is no corresponding census-designated place, the population is almost certainly incorrect and the census:population=* tag should be removed.
- data.census.gov – look up the latest population data (Census or ACS) by entering the place name in the search bar