Hidalgo County Fights to Ensure Census Counts Everyone

Armed with maps, photos and data, Hidalgo County officials say they are fighting to undo the consequences of what they see as a dramatic undercount of the rapidly growing Rio Grande Valley county in the 2010 census.

In the overwhelmingly Hispanic county, where more than a third of residents have incomes below the federal poverty level, such population figures are crucial. They can translate into millions of dollars, as federal and state programs like Medicaid use population data to dole out money.

“We hope to have a tremendous impact on making sure that Hidalgo County gets their fair share,” said ...

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