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|Mayor says Vidalia population exceeds 5,000|
Mayor Hyram Copeland said he's certain Vidalia's population now exceeds 5,000 and is taking measures to insure that every individual living inside the city limits is counted for the 2010 census.
"We plan to have some of our employees walk with the census takers door-to-door to made sure every head is counted," said Copeland. "The census folks are preparing to begin work in a few weeks and we have met with them."
The 2000 census report placed Vidalia's population at 4,543 with 1,779 households and 1,289 families residing in town.
He said it is vital that the census figures are accurate.
"For one thing, your population will determine what type of grants you are qualified for," said Copeland. "It is so important that everyone inside the city limits be counted for the 2010 census."
Copeland said the town "experienced growth and I'm certain our population has grown 10 to 15 percent during the past 10 years. Our school system tells us something about our growth. People who send their children to Vidalia schools must now provide a W-2 form showing which district in Vidalia they live in"
He said that guideline "was put in due to the number of people living outside Vidalia who were enrolling their children in our schools. This has caused people to move into town and that's why we have few houses on the market."
Copeland said "people are constantly looking for apartments or rental property in town."
Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said he believes the parish population has increased also.
"There are very few houses available in the parish and I just don't see where we will have lost any population," said Ferrington.
The 2000 census showed 20,247 people in Concordia, 7,521 households, and 5,430 families.
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said he thinks Ferriday's population may be up, too.
"I don't think it's grown significantly but some folks have moved up here from down south following the storms," he said. "We have been contacted by the census people and plan to work with them to make sure our count is right."
Other 2000 census figures for the parish include:
Ferriday: 3,723 people, 1,350 households, 918 families.
Clayton: 858 people, 317 households, 220 families.
Ridgecrest: 801 people, 291 households, 229 families.
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