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City census could hit 15,700 next year

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Sulphur Springs is on pace to have a population of more than 15,700 people by the time the 2010 count of the citizenry is completed, according to the latest estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Population estimates released this month by the federal bureau put the city’s population at 15,473 as of July 1, 2008, a slight increase from the estimated 15,441 from 12 months prior.

The city of Sulphur Springs started out the decade with a 2000 census count of 14,551, up 3.47 percent from the 1990 census of 14,062. Since 2000, the populace has grown by 922 people. While hardly a staggering number, the figure does represent a growth rate of 6.3 percent.

Extrapolating that growth out over the eight years of the decade yields an annual population increase of .008 percent. At that rate, the city would finish the current decaded with a total population of 15,721.

Earlier this year, the Census Bureau released estimates for the county’s population on July 1, 2008, as well. At that time, census officials believe, the Hopkins County population had risen to 33,804, a 5.8 percent increase over eight years.

That’s not as fast a growth as the county experienced for the last diennical cesnus. The county’s census rose from 28,833 in 1990 to 31,960 in the 2000 count, or an increase of 10.8 percent.

If the current rate of growth continues at 0.725 percent per year, the county will enter the next decade with 34,296 residents.

Last year’s population gowth can be directly ascribed to a natural increase, as there were more babies born (489) than there were deaths (342).

Births also offset a net migration drop of 22 people. There were 49 more people from other countries who moved into Hopkins County than moved out. But domestice migration was a negative number of -71, meaning more people left Hopkins County to live somewhere else in the United States than the came to Hopkins County.

“So if you see somebody with a funny little computer in their hand walking or driving down your street, they’re not stealing information,” said Pat McCoy, a U.S. Census Bureau specialist. “They are verifying that the address is actually there and it looks like somebody is living there.”

The majority of data compiled for the census will come from short questionnaires that will be mailed to all households in March of 2010.  About 65 percent of Sulphur Springs households filled out the questionnaire in the 2000 census, about the national average.




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