Census, COG figures released
The Ellis County
ELLIS COUNTY – Of the 254 counties in Texas, Ellis County ranks No. 25 in the list of fastest-growing counties, according to U.S. Census data and North Central Texas Council of Governments data from July 2007.
The figures, which also include southern Dallas County towns that reach into Ellis County, represent demographers’ growth projections.
Some towns, such as Ferris, Palmer and Italy, have seen 0 percent increases in population, while Red Oak (0.16 percent increase) and Midlothian (0.8 percent) lead the cities’ growth south of Dallas.
Ellis County’s population as a whole grew to 143,468 in 2007, up considerably since 2000’s Census figures of 111,360.
Public officials have pointed to Ellis County’s low tax base and proximity to interstate highways for the increased population, but a worsening economy has cooled what were once double-digit growth patterns.
As a result of the population figures, Ellis County Election Department officials reported an increase in voter registrations from March and April of this year, due in part, they said, to Democratic Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign.
Voter registrations grew from 77,000 adults in September of 2007 to 81,014 on May 8.
The list of Ellis County and southern Dallas County towns – which incorporates The Ellis County Press coverage area – are listed below: