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County population up 18.6 percent
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County is home to 26,384 residents, according to 2010 Census fi gures released last Thursday, an 18.6 percent increase over the 2000 count of 22,246. Countywide, the Hispanic population grew from 1,084 in 2000 to 2,880 in 2010, an increase of 165.7 percent. White (alone, not Hispanic) population went from 17,972 to 20,204, an increase of 12.4 percent; Black or African American (alone, not Hispanic) decreased from 2,796 in 2000to 2,662 in 2010, a 4.8 percent decrease Asian (alone, not Hispanic) went from 63 to 120 in 2010; American Indian and Alaska Native sent from 81 to 120, an increase of 48.1 percent; Native Hawaiian and other Pacifi c Island decreased 40 percent, from 15 in 2000 to 9 in 2010. There are a total of 13,187 housing units in the county; vacant housing units total 3,091, with a vacancy rate of 23.4 percent. In 2010 a total of 20,058 people are age 18 and over, up from 16,647 in 2000, a 20.5 percent increase. The population of the City of Shepherd grew 14.29 percent to 2,319 in 2010, and increase of 290 people according to the data. The City of Coldspring grew by 23.44 percent to 853 people, an increase of 162, and the City of Point Blank grew by 129 people, or 23.08 percent, to a population of 559. Of those totals, Hispanic or Latino population increased in Shepherd by 151, or 134.82 percent; in Point Blank Hispanic or Latino population grew by 24, or 14.29 percent, while in Coldspring the Hispanic or Latino population grew to 24 people in 2010, or 9.09 percent. The white population in Shepherd grew by 162 people, to 1,644, up from 1,482 in 2000, a 10.93 percent increase. Black or African American population in Shepherd decreased 12.50 percent from 375 to 328 in 2010, a decrease of 47. In Point Blank the Black or African American population increased by 12.8 percent to 88, while in Coldspring the percentage was 14.70 percent, up from 217 in 2000 to 249 in the 2010 Census. The Asian population in Shepherd grew by 126.70 percent, up from 15 to 34. No Asians were reported in Point Blank. In Coldspring an increase of 13 Asians were reported, or 325 percent above the 4 reported in 2000 to 17 reported in 2010. Shepherd had a decrease of 12.50 percent for other races reported, down to 14 in 2010 compared to 16 in 2000. Point Blank increased from 3 to 5 people of other races, a 66.67 percent increase, while Coldspring decreased by 3. The population of Deep East Texas grew by 6.4 percent to 378,477 in 2010, according to the new census data. The populations of the 12 counties represented by the Deep East Texas Council of Governments were: ■ San Jacinto County — 26,384, up 18.6 percent ■ Polk County — 45,413, up 10.4 percent ■ Trinity County — 14,585, up 5.8 percent ■ Angelina County — 86,771, up 8.3 percent from 2000 ■ Houston County — 23,732, up 2.4 percent ■ Jasper County — 35,710, up 0.3 percent ■ Nacogdoches County — 64,524, up 9 percent ■ Newton County — 14,445, down 4.2 percent ■ Sabine County — 10,834, up 3.5 percent ■ San Augustine County — 8,865, down 0.9 percent ■ Shelby County — 25,448, up 0.9 percent ■ Tyler County — 21,766, up 4.3 percent The Texas numbers released Thursday by the Census Bureau include breakdowns on gender and race, and can be examined by county, city, school district, neighborhood and “block” level. The data is available at the Census Bureau’s FactFinder website (factfinder2.census. gov). Texas’ most populous cities and their 2010 Census counts are Houston, 2,099,451; San Antonio, 1,327,407; Dallas, 1,197,816; Austin, 790,390; and Fort Worth, 741,206. Houston grew by 7.5 percent since the 2000 Census. San Antonio grew by 16.0 percent, Dallas grew by 0.8 percent, Austin grew by 20.4 percent and Fort Worth grew by 38.6 percent. The largest county is Harris, with a population of 4,092,459. Its population grew by 20.3 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Dallas, with a population of 2,368,139 (increase of 6.7 percent); Tarrant, 1,809,034 (increase of 25.1 percent); Bexar, 1,714,773 (increase of 23.1 percent); and Travis, 1,024,266 (increase of 26.1 percent). The numbers will be used to draw new congressional maps, with Texas gaining four new seats in Washington. The data released by the bureau also contain totals for Texas House districts, which ideally would have a population of about 167,000. With population growth changing at different rates by region, districts must be redrawn so they have roughly the same population. Of the 150 Texas House districts, 54 have populations above the ideal size, largely those in the Dallas and Houston suburbs. The four congressional seats are the most Texas has gained in a redistricting cycle, according to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based conservative think tank.

 

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