P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2001
AUSTIN -- There are 3.8 million more Texans today than there were 10 years ago, and a large portion of them live in North Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's official 2000 population count that was delivered today to the Texas Legislature.
"The Census count confirms what we already knew: Texas has grown dramatically over the past 10 years, and much of that growth has been concentrated in North Texas," Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who represents one of the fastest-growing Senate districts, said. "This report is good news for our community because it will shine a brighter light on the enormous needs, transportation and otherwise, that have been created by the growth of our region."
Tarrant County overtook Bexar County to become the state's third most populous county since the last Census report was taken in 1990, and Denton County's population exploded by 58.3 percent, making it the fifth fastest growing among Texas' urban and suburban counties.
Denton County added 159,451 residents over the past decade, bringing its population up from 273,525 to 432,976. Tarrant County grew by 23.6 percent, from 1.17 million residents in 1990 to 1.45 million in 2000. Dallas County boomed by 19.8 percent, from 1.85 million residents in 1990 to 2.2 million in 2000. Ellis County grew by 30.8 percent, from 85,167 to 111,360. Overall, Texas' population now stands at 20.8 million, up 22.8 percent from its population of 16.9 million in 1990.
Texas will receive two additional Congressional seats because of its massive growth. The Texas Legislature must now draw new legislative districts to ensure that each member of our Congressional delegation, as well as our state legislators and State Board of Education members, represent roughly the same number of people.