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Posted on: June 5, 2012

[ARCHIVED] 2010 Census Update


At Tuesday's meeting of Hidalgo County Commissioners' Court, Rolando Rios, the attorney hired by the County to assist with the 2010 Census undercount project, gave a brief presentation to Commissioners' Court regarding the project. Rios stated that the County has been working diligently to identify residents that may have not been accurately counted, and the County is in the process of submitting this information to the U. S. Census Bureau via the Count Question Resolution (CQR) process in which elected officials may challenge their jurisdiction's 2010 Census counts. The County's IT Department Geographic Information Systems (GIS) staff have been comparing Census counts by block with aerial rooftop counts to determine the estimated amount of persons that may have been left out. In the example above, the Block Population enumerated by the Census was 14; the GIS rooftop count is 152, which at an estimated 3.5 persons per household, results in an approximate undercount of 518 people. Rios asserted the importance of an accurate count; Census figures impact funding levels for federal programs such as Medicaid Services, Rehabilitation Services, as well as formula block grants, which are based on population. Rios estimates that the undercount in Hidalgo County can potentially have an economic impact of approximately $41 million dollars (based on U. S. Census estimate of $3,000 per missed person over a 10-year period). The innovative GIS project hopes to deliver a more accurate reflection of Hidalgo County's true population count. Rios will return in the next few weeks to deliver a more detailed presentation to the entire Court.

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