Census numbers show surge

Denton County’s population surged 53 percent over the last decade, according to U.S. Census figures released Thursday.

The 9th largest county in Texas recorded an increase of 229,638 residents since 2000, with a population of 662,614.

Of those residents, 75 percent are white, 11 percent are black and nine percent are of Asian decent.

Hispanics made up 24 percent of the county’s population, numbering 120,836 people, an increase of 130 percent over the 2000 census.

The numbers may allow the county to gain another state representative seat.

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