The U.S. Census Bureau updated population counts. 

The U.S. Census Bureau says Texas County’s population stood at 24,563 on July 1. The figure is included in a report that details population numbers for incorporated places.

In Texas County, here are the population counts: Cabool, 2,135; Houston, 2,026; Licking, 2,754 (includes about 1,600 in state prison), Plato, 63; Summersville, 551; and Raymondville, 437.

The new estimates are not 2010 Census population counts. They are, however, the last estimates to use 2000 Census results as a base.

The city estimates are based on 2000 Census data updated to reflect legal boundary changes, housing unit estimates updated to reflect inputs such as building permits and county population estimates. The county population estimates are produced by using administrative records – namely births, deaths and domestic and international migration. The resulting county population estimates are then distributed to the areas within each county by using the updated housing unit estimates.

In December, 2010 Census state population counts – used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives – will be delivered to the president. By April 1, 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau will release 2010 Census counts for counties, places and smaller geographic areas.

“Census numbers govern the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds each year and serve as the baseline for future post-census population estimates,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. “Local governments use census data to plan new roads, schools and emergency services. Businesses use the data to develop new economic opportunities.”


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