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City begins to parse census data

Original post made on Mar 10, 2011

In the past decade Mountain View's population has grown by 3,358 -- roughly 4.5 percent -- according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week. Over the same period the city's minority population has increased, while the white population dropped by about 9 percent.

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Comments (5)

Posted by Carlos Slim, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

" number of Hispanic and Latino residents increased..."
Can someone define Hispanic and Latino groups?

Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

@Carlos Slim:
The U.S. Census puts people into racial groups and further breaks down population by several ethnic groups, such as Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, etc.

There is overlap between the racial groups and the ethnic groups. For example, in the case of people reporting themselves as Hispanic/Latino, some of them may have listed their race as white, others may have listed it as black or Asian.

The census FAQ puts it this way:
"The racial categories included in the census form generally reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country, and are not an attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically or genetically."

For more, check out #18 and #19 in the U.S. Census FAQ Web Link

Posted by Anna S., a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Who cares about the ethnic data. People are people. A far more important question is how many more children are there than the city expected? And is this why an elementary school was recently closed... just before a huge increase in the number of students?

Posted by Arturo, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm

The city didn't close the school. The school district did. Blame them if anyone.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

@Anna - and before the school district closed the school, they had a demographic survey done which projected continued declining enrollment for at least 10 to come, with gradual increases in enrollment after that. Didn't work out that way, too bad they didn't have a crystal ball, I guess. Same thing happened to Los Altos - closed Bullis, then had to reopen Bullis when enrollment unexpectedly increased. Used to be districts could afford to have lots of small schools--Mountain View had Cooper, Huff, Bubb, Castro, Landels, Slater, Klein, Stevenson, Theuerkauf, Monta Loma, Crittenden and Graham, and maybe others I don't even know about, when the city's population was much smaller than it is now. They had enough funding to weather ebbs and flows in population. But no more, now if enrollment falls below a certain amount for more than a couple of years, they have to close schools to save the administrative costs.

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