See new demographics in Plano. (Community impact newspaper staff)
Plano’s population has grown by around 10% since 2010, according to decennial census data released on September 16.
The city is now home to 285,494 residents, according to the US Census Bureau. The last official census, which took place in 2010, listed the population of Plano at 259,841.
Data from the 2020 census includes population counts by race, Hispanic origin, and voting age. It also includes information on housing units at different levels, depending on the office.
According to the office, large cities of 50,000 or more residents have grown at a faster rate in the South than in any other region. Since the last census, the population of these cities has increased by about 12%, according to the office.
One of the most significant changes in racial demographics has occurred within the Asian community of Plano. The number of residents falling into this category has increased by more than 57%, from 43,659 in 2010 to 68,738 in 2020, according to the bureau.
The city’s share of black or African-American residents has increased by more than 30%, and residents who identify as Hispanic or Latino have increased by nearly 20%. Residents who identify as white have fallen by almost 13%.
The number of Plano residents who identify as two or more races has increased by almost 98%, from 5,779 in 2010 to 11,429 in 2020. According to the office, the percentage of people reporting multiple races has changed more than all other racial groups. alone in 2020.
The office expects much of this increase to be due to changes in the way the census asks respondents to identify themselves. Improvements to the design of two separate questions for race and ethnicity, data processing and coding have resulted in a “more complete and accurate description of how people prefer to identify themselves,” according to the office. .
Housing occupancy status is another data point available through the 2020 census. The number of housing units in Plano increased by around 11% between 2010 and 2020, according to the data.
Of Plano’s 115,234 dwellings in 2020, 109,436 were occupied and 5,798 were vacant.
In 2010, Plano had 103,672 housing units. Of these, 99,131 were occupied and 4,541 were vacant.
According to the office, the population counts collected from the census are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.
The redistribution process, which is currently taking place in the Special Session of the Texas Legislature, has several implications at the local level, Mayor John Muns said during a September 15 redistribution webinar hosted by the House of Plano trade.
“How these lines are drawn is very important because it affects the city budget, public safety, our schools and our school policies,” he said.
More information on Plano’s 2020 census figures can be found here.