2020 census and its importance to Lubbock's long-term growth

2020 census and its importance to Lubbock's long-term growth

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The census happens every 10 years. The next one in 2020 could have huge implications for Lubbock. 

The federal funds for Texas alone in the 2010 census reached nearly $60 billion. Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said the census determines how much of that funding goes towards the West Texas region.

"We need to know where to best maximize our resources and for that, we need to know where people live and how we can best serve them," Parrish said.

More than just funding, Lubbock City Councilwoman Latrelle Joy said it will play a key role in redistricting, and at this growth rate, she said it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

"I cannot imagine that it will not affect all of our different six districts. It just will," Joy said.

She said this is why Lubbock will be opening its first ever census office: To make sure everyone is counted so the city's development stays on track.

"To the extent that we don't do our best job, we're putting all of those federal programs into some jeopardy in terms of the city and the city's growth," Joy said.

In fact, Councilwoman Joy said the 2010 census data was a big for reason for Lubbock's recent growth.

Judge Parrish said the unprecedented numbers they saw in 2010 could mirror what they see next year. 

"I fully expect that when the 2020 numbers are also counted and when they come back to us in 2021, that we will also be able to see some substantial growth," Parrish said.

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