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Columbia 2010 census data to set ward boundaries

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 10:30 p.m. CST; updated 11:52 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 24, 2011
Missouri's 7 percent overall population growth came mostly in southwest counties and some suburbs of St. Louis.

COLUMBIA — Huntsdale and Pierpont finally made it to the big leagues.

The two newest Boone County towns found their way into the 2010 census results.

Breakdown of race in Columbia in 2010 Census

People who identified themselves as being of one race:

  • White: 79 percent, down 2.5 percentage points from 2000.
  • Black or African American: 11.3 percent, up 0.4 percentage points from 2000.
  • Asian: 5.2 percent, up 0.9 percentage points from 2000.
  • Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 3.4 percent, up 1.3 percentage points from 2000.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from 2000.
  • Other: 1.1 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from 2000.

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Huntsdale boasts a population of 31, Pierpont 76. Although both were left out of the 2000 census because they were unincorporated, they've passed one Boone County town in size.

Huntsdale, on the banks of the Missouri River, regained incorporated status in 2003. Pierpont became an official village in 2005 when residents decided they wanted to fend off annexation by Columbia.

McBaine can celebrate being the smallest village in the county. The town's population dropped to 10 in 2010 from 17 in 2000, according to census data.

As far as superlatives go, Columbia maintained its rank as Missouri's fifth largest city, though it grew to 108,500 people in 2010 from 84,531 in 2000, a 28.4 percent increase. 

“It shows a very vibrant growing community," Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said. “It is a sign of validation for Columbia: its economic activity, its lifestyle and the university and college culture.”

Columbia is behind No. 4 Independence, No. 3 Springfield, No. 2 St. Louis and No. 1 Kansas City.

Boone County remained the seventh largest county in Missouri with 162,642 people. St. Louis and Jackson counties stayed in the top two spots.

Populations by race

There are 130 percent more native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in Columbia.

The group, which grew more than any other race, increased to 69 people in 2010 from 30 in 2000.

The second largest growing group in Columbia was Hispanic or Latinos. The number of Hispanic or Latino people increased to 3,729 in 2010 from 1,733 in 2000 –more than a 115 percent increase.   

Eduardo Crespi, director of Centro Latino, said he thinks the Hispanic and Latino population in Columbia are here for work like everyone else.

“We knew that the population was growing, not only Latinos,” Crespi said. "The immigrant population has grown with that Latino population.”

Those who identified in Columbia as two or more races increased by nearly 90 percent, up to 3,327 from 1,754.

Reapportionment

Population is the main factor determining ward lines in Columbia. The city will have to adjust the boundaries for the city wards to make up for any changes in population. The goal is to keep the population as evenly distributed in the wards as possible.

"It’s kind of a reshuffling of the local political deck,” said Toni Messina, public communications director of Columbia.

After the last census, the city appointed a committee to look into reapportionment. Apart from population, board members looked into other factors, including keeping neighborhood representation intact.

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, who lives close to the edge of her ward, thinks it's important for this census as well.

“I think that redistricting will be important," Hoppe said. “It needs to be done thoroughly. Keeping the demographics balanced (in) each ward as much as possible would be a good thing.”

Missourian reporter Laine Mullen contributed to this report.


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