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Census numbers are in, East Texas growing

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The preliminary Census numbers are in. They look good for East Texas, but, some feel they could be a little better.

Smith County saw nearly 35,000 new faces, resulting in a 20% boost.

Gregg County's additional 10,000 residents provided a 10% gain in population.

Growth across the board is what we're seeing in our first look at 2010's Census numbers.

City Officials say Longview closely mirrors Gregg County's slow, but steady growth.

But, in Tyler, not all numbers are adding up. The Federal count of nearly 97,000 is close to 4000 short of the number listed in a 2005 report paid for by the City of Tyler.

Tyler's numbers still show significant growth, but until a city's population officially breaks 100,000, many funding options are left off the table.

"We're very pleased to see the growth in our community since the last census, and we're very pleases with it, and we expect that growth is even higher and as we do the analysis, we will be looking at the that growth," says Heather Nick with Tyler Planning and Zoning.

The City says it will continue to look at those preliminary Census numbers to see if any other discrepancies arise.

A full report, detailing population and household statistics will be released in May.

If those numbers don't add up, the City plans on taking their cause to the Feds through a re-count program.

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