Census responses ahead of U.S. in Dallas-Fort Worth, growth highest in nation

Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties have a higher response rate than the state of Texas as of Mach 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties have a higher response rate than the state of Texas as of Mach 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties have a higher response rate than the state of Texas as of Mach 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Dallas-Fort Worth counties vary in self-response rates on the U.S. census as Census Day arrived April 1.

Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties have a higher response rate than the state of Texas as of March 31. Collin County leads the area with roughly 42% self-response, Dallas County has a 35% response rate, and Tarrant and Denton counties have roughly 40%.

The national response rate is roughly 38%. In Texas it is closer to 33%.

Census Day is a key reference day for the once-every-decade count, according to the bureau. When completing the census, respondents are asked to include everyone living in the home on April 1. This is the first time the 10-year census has been largely taken via internet response.

In Texas, roughly 29% of the responses have been online, while the U.S. is showing nearly 34% as of March 31.

This feature has become more critical now that COVID-19 has begun affecting census door-to-door data collection for those who have not yet responded. Field operations by the U.S. Census Bureau have been suspended until at least April 15, according to the bureau.

Dallas-Fort Worth counties all show internet response rates reaching above 31%, according to Census data, with Collin County showing 42% response, Denton 40%, Tarrant 38% and Dallas 32%.

Based on county-level census data released March 26, these four counties all saw double-digit population growth between the 2010 Census and the July 1, 2019 estimate. Denton County's population increased 34% to 887,207, data showed.

Collin County's growth was at 32% with an estimated population of 1,034,730. Tarrant County recorded a 16% population growth with last year's estimate at 2,102,515. Dallas County had a 11% increase in population over that same period, with an estimated population last year at 2,635,516, the census showed.

That rapid growth was also visible in the bureau's population changes for those counties between July 2018 and July 2019.

Collin and Denton counties have seen a more than 30% increase in population since last July, according to April 1 Census estimates. In comparison, Dallas and Tarrant show a more than 10% increase.

Dallas-Fort Worth is also ranked first among the nation’s metro areas for growth between 2010 and July 1, 2019 estimates.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano, including education and transportation.


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