Texas population gain expected from Katrina

DALLAS (AP) - Where Hurricane Katrina evacuees are living as of April 1 is expected to bolster the Texas population count and possibly congressional clout.

The Census Bureau put the 2009 population estimate for Texas at nearly 24.8 million.

Census data is used to set congressional districts every 10 years and to divide federal funds.

Demographer William Frey with the Brookings Institution looked at growth rates from the first half of the decade.

The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that Frey predicts Texas, now with 32 U.S. House members, will gain four seats, in part because of Katrina.

Katrina stormed ashore in August 2005, sending evacuees from Louisiana and other Gulf coast areas to Texas. A survey done by Texas found there were more than 250,000 evacuees statewide a year
after Katrina.

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