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Valley, Texas win big in census figures released Thursday

Both the Lone Star State and the Rio Grande Valley were big winners in the 2010 Cenus.

Federal officials released the Texas data for the census on Thursday afternoon.

Data for Texas show that the five most populous cities are now:

City Population Houston 2,099,451 San Antonio 1,327,407 Dallas 1,197,816 Austin 790,390 Fort Worth 741,206

Houston grew by 7.5 percent since the 2000 Census while San Antonio grew by 16 percent and became the second largest city in Texas.

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, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis.

Rio Grande Valley

The four counties of the Rio Grande Valley each grew by double-digit percentage points.

County 2000 2010 Difference % Increase Cameron 335,227 406,220 70,993 21.2% Hidalgo 569,471 774,769 205,298 36.1% Willacy 20,082 22,134 2,052 10.2% Starr 53,597 60,968 7,371 13.8%

Brownsville remains the largest city in the Valley while McAllen comes in second.

Redistricting

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) said the Texas population grew by 20.6 percent.

Of that growth, 89 percent were among non-Anglos. Cuellar said the Hispanic population in Texas grew by 41.8 percent.

The data will now be used by the Texas Legislature to draw new boundaries for political districts.

The Lone Star State is gaining four congressional seats.

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) told Action 4 News that one of them should be in the Valley.

The Valley is one of the four areas of the state (the others being Houston-Galveston, Dallas-Fort Worth, the Austin-San Antonio corridor) where most of the growth has happened, he said in a statement. It only seems right that each area should in the very least have an additional congressional seat anchored there.

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