Frequently Asked Questions - Q37


Question:

The proposed charter amendment specifies that the annual population data, other than in federal official census years, shall be obtained from the State of Texas’ State Data Center, rather than from the federal census bureau. Why is that?

Answer:

It appears that, in non-census years, the state agency gathers its census data in perhaps a more scientific manner than the federal agency. We noted a substantial adjustment was made to the federal agency’s estimate of the 1999 population as a result of the 2000 census. It also appears that the state agency’s non-census year estimates are timelier than those of the federal agency.



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