East Texas Census Population Grows

The East Texas population is growing. According to the US Census Bureau, Tyler has not yet reached a 100,000 people.

The 2005 Census shows Tyler is just over 91,000 that's an increase of 7,000 from 5 years ago. Longview shows a population of 75,000 increasing more than 2,000 since the year 2000.  Jacksonville at a population of 14,000 that's an increase of a little more than 500 people over the last 5 years. However, some say these numbers are under estimating East Texas growth.

"We have always known the census is undercounting the population in Tyler especially categories like new immigrants, Hispanic neighborhoods.  I wasn't surprised to see there was a difference the census number and the city's separate study number," says Tom Mullins with the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.

A study done by the City of Tyler in 2005 says the city has surpassed 100,000 people.

Mullins says the growth is both good news and challenging news.