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Posted on: February 17, 2011

[ARCHIVED] U.S. Census Bureau Releases Population Figures for Texas

The Census Bureau shipped local 2010 Census data to the governor and leadership of the state legislature in Texas on Wednesday, and today at 2 p.m. Central Time it became available to the public.

The population in Hidalgo County is measured at 774,769, according to the bureau; however, County Judge Ramon Garcia says this number is an undercount of residents in Hidalgo County. An undercount leads to under-representation. Census numbers are important because they determine representation in Congress, as well as funding for various federal programs.

Colonia residents failed to receive questionnaires in the mail in Spring 2010, when the count was taking place, yet the U.S. Census Bureau failed to communicate with local officials regarding the special process it planned to use to count this historically "hard to count" population. County officials have speculated that more than 1 million people currently live in Hidalgo County.

County Judge Garcia is currently attending a meeting of the Texas Redistricting Task Force in Austin, Texas. More information will be available soon regarding Hidalgo County's response to these numbers released today by the Census Bureau.

A full set of data is available via FTP download at Within 24 hours after release, the data will be posted on the Census Bureau's new American FactFinder site

The data will include summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts.

According to Public Law 94-171, the Census Bureau must provide redistricting data to the 50 states no later than April 1 of the year following the census. As a result, the Census Bureau is delivering the data state-by-state on a flow basis in February and March. All states will receive their data by April 1, 2011.

For More Information:
For more information on the Census Bureau's Redistricting Data Program, visit and .

Please visit for an interactive map showcasing county-level population change from 1960 to 2010, as well as state-level data on race and Hispanic or Latino origin for 2010.

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