Census Numbers: Latino Population up, West Texas Population Down

February 18, 2011

in Politics,West Texas

The Texas Observer reported Thursday that the new census numbers show that west Texas county population is dwindling, which will affect representation in state politics.

When the U.S. Census numbers appeared today, showing that the Texas Latino population had grown by 42 percent in a decade, most people wanted to talk about the places that had grown dramatically – the communities that accounted for Texas’ 4.3 million new residents.

But for a whole lot of counties, the Census figures were news of a different sort. In rural Texas, counties are dying, the Census shows. Fast. The region that produced two House Speakers will soon wield little power in state politics. Everyone knew it was coming—but the maps offer a particularly dramatic telling.

Read the full article from the Texas Observer here.

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