Valley sees population increase in 2010 Census


POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:24pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 8:14am

Brownsville – The U.S. Census Bureau released data Thursday on the population make-up of the Valley.

In the Lower Valley many cities are going to change their population signs upward.

Cameron County has added almost 71,000 people in the last 10 years. The population there is now 406, 220.

Willacy County has had a population increase of 2,052, bringing the total for the county to 22,134.

In last decade's census, Brownsville had a population of 139,722. Ten years later, Brownsville now has a population of 175,023. That's an increase of 25 percent.

In the Upper Valley, Hidalgo and Starr counties have both seen an increase. 36 percent and 14 percent respectfully.

McAllen's population went up 22 percent over the last decade. The number of people living there is now 129,877.

Lower Valley state Sen. Eddie Lucio said the big population increase locally and around the state should result in more political representation in Washington and Austin.

“Texas has outstripped the whole nation in terms of population growth over the last 10 years. Hispanics have accounted for two-thirds of that growth,” said Lucio. “The Valley is one of four areas of the state where most of the growth has happened. It only seems right that each area should have additional congressional seat anchored there.”

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