COUNTY UPDATES COUNTY ADDRESSES, BOUNDARIES IN ANTICIPATION OF CENSUS 2000

COUNTY UPDATES COUNTY ADDRESSES, BOUNDARIES IN ANTICIPATION OF CENSUS 2000

Every 10 years, the task of preparing for a United States Census falls to county and municipal governments, whose officers and agents must assess the growth of housing, population and income growth in order to draw boundaries for census tabulations.
As the 2000 Census approaches, the Doña Ana County Community Development Office has updated boundaries of populated areas designed to report census results in a manner that will make after-census analysis useful to voters, grant writers, service providers, business trackers, governments and school districts.
Judith Price, director of the Doña Ana County Community Development Office, said the revised boundaries take into consideration all areas of Doña Ana County except the City of Las Cruces, where municipal authorities are undertaking their own reviews.
Noting that census figures help are relied upon for projections of utility and governmental operations and future growth, Price said new boundaries for the census have been designed that seek to “even out” income disparities and other demographic factors in areas like Sunland Park, Santa Teresa, Chaparral and other small villages throughout Doña Ana County.
One of the tools used in the census preparation, Price said, is the county’s rural addressing project, which is updating all addresses in unincorporated areas of the county for the primary purpose of streamlining 911 emergency-response systems. Price said, however, that information gleaned from the project has helped county planners become better prepared for the census process, as well.
Although the county has made “tremendous strides” in its rural addressing program, Price said there are still some areas of the county which will almost surely be undercounted during the 2000 Census because residents will not receive or return the census forms mailed out by the federal government. Redrawing boundaries to adjust for the discrepancies caused by undercounting represent another factor in the boundary-drawing process, she said.
For more information, call Doña Ana County’s Community Development Office at (505) 647-7237.