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Answers to go with Susan Smith

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Q. I know it will be awhile before the 2020 Census figures are available, but I’d like the most current estimate of Asians in San Marcos. What groups does that include?

A. Let me start with some other local Census information. This year for the first time, residents are encouraged to fill out their Census information online.

We’d be happy to help with that 10-minute process. If you have it, it’s helpful to bring the Census information that you received in the mail. If you prefer, you can also respond by telephone or mail. If you are able to complete this in March or early April, there will be no need for a census taker to visit your home.

The U.S. Census estimates are updated between census years. As of July 1, 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of San Marcos at 63,509. At that time, they estimated the “Asian alone” at 2.4 percent of our total population.

What countries of origin are included in calculating that figure in the national census? There are 17 countries included in “Asian alone.” Here’s a partial list in descending order: Chinese (not Taiwanese), Asian Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani, Cambodian, Thai, Hmong, Laotian and Taiwanese.

According to the 2010 Census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010. This was observed for the population who reported Asian alone — increased 43 percent as well as for the population who reported Asian alone or in combination with an other race — increased 46 percent. The Asian population continued to be concentrated in the west, and the Chinese population was the largest detailed Asian group.

Online Source: “2010 Census Briefi: The Asian Population. Issued March 2012.

The 1990 census was my first census at the San Marcos Public Library. I was responsible for ordering paper census reports and they seemed to trickle in forever.

Now 2020 Census data will be available for the whole country online once the results are tabulated. When will that be? The Census Bureau must supply the data for Congressional redistricting prior to April 1, 2021, one year from census day.

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