Map-Based Census Resources

The Census team at CPPP has created the Texas Counts County Tiers, a tiered system for our strategic outreach work. All 254 counties in Texas have been placed into tiers.

Hover over any county for more information.

As a campaign, Texas Counts focuses efforts on Tier 1 and Tier 2 Counties. Each tier contains counties that have strong local CCC efforts as well as counties that need additional support and funding.

Our goal is to identify the counties that need that additional support and funding within these tiers. Currently, Texas Counts is conducting research and outreach in Tier 1 and 2 counties to understand the local Census engagement efforts and funding.

Do you have contacts in these counties who you can connect with either the Texas Counts Campaign or Pooled Fund? Encourage them to get involved!

Data & Other Map-Based Resources

The strategy of Texas Counts is tiered based on HTC population with the goal of increasing the 2020 Census count. In addition, hard-to count demographics help provide a fuller picture for strategy within the county. The Texas Counts tiered outreach map was created using data from the tool created by the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York (CUNY) (Romalewski, Steven & O’Hare, William. Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center, analysis of U.S. Census Bureau, 2012–16 American Community Survey).

CUNY’s map remains an exceptional resource for understanding HTC areas and is frequently updated.

The U.S. Census Bureau also provides the Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas and to provide a socioeconomic and demographic characteristic profile of these areas using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates.

Interactive Census Hard to Count Map by CUNY

What’s driving population change in Texas counties?

The Texas Demographic Center recently published this map based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 Population Estimates and Components of Change for Counties and Metros showing our state’s estimated natural increase (or births minus deaths) and net migration (or in-migrants minus out-migrants) since the 2010 Census. Net migration includes both international migrants from other countries and domestic migrants, or migrants from other counties in other states as well as other Texas counties. Between 2010 and 2019, population change in Texas was comprised of 51% net migration and 49% natural increase.

This map tells the story of Texas’s shifting economy and demographics.


A few highlights:
  • Net population decreases occurred in West Texas counties where population growth used to be driven by the energy sector, exploration, and extraction.
  • Urban growth in the diverse cities making up the “Texas triangle.”
  • Natural population increase in the Rio Grande Valley, which is known to have a historically hard-to-count population.

Explore this map of Texas’s estimated population changes 2010-2019.

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