City’s census count rises once again, but growth rate slows from previous estimate

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 28, 2007 - The number of people living inside Sulphur Springs' city limits continued to increase in the past year, just not as much as the U.S. Census Bureau had estimated previously.

New estimates released today by the federal agency in charge of keeping track of attendance in America put the population count for Sulphur Springs at 15,290 on July 1, 2006. That's up 5 percent from the 2000 census count of 14,551.

The census bureau updates estimates of populations in all U.S. cities and towns every June. This year's estimates are for population counts as of July 1, 2006.

The city has already seen a bigger increase in its population the first six years of this decade than in all of the 1990s.

The census bureau's numbers also revised last year's estimates, however, indicating the town hadn't grown quite as much as first thought.

When the annual estimates were released one year ago, the census bureau put the city of Sulphur Springs' population at 15,228 as of July 1, 2005. The figures released today, however, show an adjusted estimate for that date of 15,182.

The original estimates released one year ago indicated the city could expect a population count of between 15,904 and 16,213 by the end of this decade. If the revised estimates are used, however, the city's population would be closer to 15,750 by the year 2010.

Elsewhere in the county, Como rose by 5, from 642 to 647. The estimates put Cumby's population at 666, up only 6 from July 1, 2005.

The Tira population was at 256, up by 3.

Other nearby municipalities saw their populations make small jumps in the past year.

Greenville's count of 25,883 was up from 25,565 last year.

In Mount Pleasant, the estimate for July 1, 2006 was 15,202, up from 14,826 last year. The 2000 census put the town's population at 13,935.

In Emory, the 1,537 population estimate was an increase of 41 from the previous year.

Winnsboro's estimate for July 1, 2006, was 3,861, a rise of 54 from the previous year. The city began the decade with a population of 3,584.

Mount Vernon also saw a moderate increase, rising by 20 to 2,633.

The city of Cooper saw its population rise by 36, which was good news for the Delta County seat. The year before, the population estimate had declined by 19.

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