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July 23, 2013

Number of children, Hispanics grows in Texas

Athens — The child population in Texas has grown faster than most of the other states in recent years and the percentage of Hispanic births have outpaced the state at-large. Henderson County census figures, however, go against that trend.

A Texas Tribune report on the latest demographic statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the area of the state that has most significant shifts in the number of children zero through four years of age over a 2-year period from 2010 to 2012. The study includes a county-by-county count of all children in that age group in the 2010 census and the estimated number of children in July of 2012.  The report also lists the number of Hispanic children, ages zero  through four in 2010, followed by the 2012 total.

Henderson County saw a slight decrease in the total number of children during the 2-year period. In 2010, the census counted 4,468 children in the age group. By 2012, the number had dropped to 4,553, a loss of 2.46 percent.

The county population of Hispanic children, ages zero through four, stood at 1,021 in 2010, but only 992 two years later. The drop-off represented a 2.84-percent decrease.

Two deep East Texas counties saw substantial growth in their young Hispanic populations in the same time period according to the Tribune study. Jefferson County’s Hispanic children increased by a 4.47 percent jump, despite a small decrease in the total population. The biggest percentage gain was in Nacogdoches County, with a 6.47-percent Hispanic increase. Nacogdoches County had an overall population increase of 5.80 percent.

Almost all of Henderson County’s neighbors experienced an increase in Hispanic children. The following is a list of the counties, the overall population change, followed by the Hispanic population change.

• Kaufman, -1.29 percent, 8.94 percent

• Van Zandt, -4.61, percent, 3.39 percent

• Ellis, -3.80 percent, -2.02 percent

• Navarro, 2.21 percent, 2.91 percent

• Anderson, -3.83 percent, -2.50 percent

• Cherokee, .03 percent, 3.25 percent

• Smith, .76 percent, 4.07 percent

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