EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso saw a decline in the number of people living in core parts of the city over the last 10 years, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The data show that El Paso County’s population saw an 8-percent increase over the last 10 years, however, most of that growth occurred in the county’s outermost communities. El Paso’s population is now 865,657, with 82.6 percent of residents of Hispanic or Latino origin.
In comparison, Texas’ overall population growth saw a nearly 16-percent jump to a total population of 29 million residents.
Population counts in inner-city communities saw up to a 3-percent decline over the last 10 years, according to data.
The revelations may mean changes for El Paso County precincts, as three out of four of the precincts fall under targeted population goals. County officials say they are targeting to have about 216,414 people in each of the four precincts.
But all of them, except Precinct 3 representing the Lower Valley and Far East El Paso County, fall under those goals.
“Right now, if our target is 216,414, every one of your districts is down except Precinct 3, which is 223,984,” said Ramon Bracamontes, chief aide to the El Paso County administrator. “So, we do have to move some boundaries around.”