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Page 6A _ . Nk't~ Hays Free Press March 9, 2011 + + I~ I=BEE I~EB FILE Ptl0T0 Hlspanics in Kyle are slipping into the minority. The 1990 census reports Kyle ~ I~eing 78 percent Hispanic. That number was down in 200(~. to 52 ..p~cent. ~ photo ~ve was taken at a~ uiez y ~eis cel~ at ~t. Anmony's Church in 2009. 80 ............... 70 i 1970 1980 1990 2010 Ky|e -----8uda ,"="='= Hays Kyle Dmtnmoraphics: Changing population shows an ebbing Latino community j %j , i i= Continued from pg. 1A ;town added just shy of 10,200 Hispanic residents onto the existing 2,780 in the last de- cade, for a total count of 12,979 in the 2010 census. But their growth was eclipsed by Anglo residents moving into new subdivisions such as Plum Creek and Hometown Kyle. About five percent of Kyle residents were black in the 2010 census, meaning Anglos are stiU technically a minority in the city. The opposite holds true for Buda, where higher property values and closer proximity to Austin have yielded a histori- cally whiter demographic. In 1990, less than 19 percent of Buda residents were Hispanic, rising to 26.8 percent in 2000 and 35.4 percent in 2010. With black residents hovering at just two percent of the popu- lation in the last three census- es, Anglos still hold a majority In Buda. Prior to 1980, the popula- tion of Buda and Kyle was so small that census-takers didn't enumerate factors of ethnicity. However, county- wide data shows a fluctuating True, the suburban boom .rate of Latino residents over said. "Our commtmities are Terrace neighborhood east of gap persists among students at higher rates. Anglos are less the last half-century,becoming demographically nationwide, with Anglos scor- likely to live in poverty and As a whole, Hays County's more similar." ing, on average, higher than also qualify for fewer social Hispanic population declined To some degree, munici- their Hispanic and black services such as free and re- between 1970 and 1990, then palities selectively choose counterparts and graduating duced lunch. resumed a steady increase. In 1970, the first year for which such data is available, about 38 percent of Hays County res- idents reported themselves as Hispanic. That dipped down to 27.8 percent in 1990, but the tide began to turn in 2000, when 30.6 percent of residents were Hispanic. In the most re- cent 2010 census, that figure rose to 35.3 percent, just shy of the statewide percentage of 37 percent. As they transform from in- dependent, discrete commu- nities into suburban boom towns, it's possible that Buda and Kyle are growing more homogenous and taking on the characteristics of the state as a whole, noted Kyle Cham- ber of Commerce Director Ray Hernandez, who served as di- rector of Hays County's His- panic Chamber of Commerce through the 1980s and 1990s. "I think that Kyle is goIng to become the same kind of demographic makeup as the majority of Texas," Hernandez Buda. While about 40 percent of the Hispanic residents of Buda and Kyle are under the their citizens by annexing or age of 18, large numbers of declining to annex certain Latino residents living outside neighborhoods into city lim- city limits means that about its. For example, the heavily 55 percent of the students Hispanic and lower Income in Hays Green Pastures neighborhood number ' that's risen east of Kyle remains outside of over the years. citylimits, as does the Hillside A troubling achievement ,' 'i ,Wi~i -I II I i II II Free Checking 250+ Free ATMs Low-Rate For more information, please contact our mortgage specialist. Mark 800.252.1310 x7388 Home Equity Loans 10 Years Fixed 15Year 4 75 Fixed * Money Market 0.90 to $124,999 and Above Share Oumbo) Certificates 1.26 12 Months 1-66 on Is 10 minutes of your time worth $1,200? Refinance your auto loan with Austin Telco. A rate reduction of 2% could save you $1,200 over the life of the loan. Example based on a $20,000 loan for 66 months at 3.35% vs. 5.35%. New Automobile Loans Up to O/o* 48 Mo. 2.95 Commercial Real Estate Loans 4 75 Hxed , 4 99 Fixed *Annual Percentage Rate- All rates are ~ "as low st'. Actual rate may vary depending on credit qualifications, ** .]late applies to 1st lien commercial real estate loans with a loan to value of 80% or less; comm~on/development loaar .mt~/terr~ may ~ *_**~ Perc~. t~held. P.~ f~.e~Jy, withdrawal may apply Rates and terms ate subject to change without notice. Austin Telco FLU is fedesally insured to at least $Z50,000 per memner ~y e Nanonal Credit Umon Administration. iii H