Friday, March 18, 2011

Florida growth outpaces national trend

Results of 2010 Census

Lake Worth city:  34,910
Growth in % since 2000:   minus .6
Persons per square mile:  5,945.2

Despite the "Total Count" effort, Lake Worth's official population declined between 2000 to 2010 by .6 percent.  The last number in the above line is the number of persons per square mile.  In contrast, Florida grew, West Palm Beach grew and Palm Beach County grew - all by nearly 20% - West Palm Beach more than that.

The 2000 number was thought to be an undercount - so much so that the City was considering doing its own count, but that never went forward due to the advent of the 2010 Census.  Add this to the record declines in property values and we really don't look like a place that people prefer to live relative to other choices.  Think about that for a while.

Remember how certain people were SURE that Lake Worth had 50,000 people?  That would have given us "entitlement" status for Community Development Block Grant funding - meaning that we wouldn't have to go through Palm Beach County for grant monies through this program.  So much for that plan.
Do we know how much money was spent on the "consultants" the city used to ensure a "Total Count?"
Annabeth Karson, Chair of Total Count Committee
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