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Greencastle Borough Council skeptical of census

April 04, 2001

Greencastle Borough Council skeptical of census



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Census figures released for 2000 show that Greencastle's population increased by 122 residents over the last decade, but borough officials aren't sure the numbers are right, especially after what happened in the 1990 head count.

Borough Administrator Kenneth E. Meyers told the Greencastle Borough Council Monday night that the 3,600 residents counted a decade ago were below the borough's actual population.

In 1980, according to Meyers, the census listed 3,679 residents. The 1990 count showed a drop of 79.

The reasons why Meyers doubts the new numbers are related to the number of new houses built in the borough in the 1990s. He said that even with the trend toward fewer children per family, the number of new houses indicates the 1990 count should have been higher.

He also said census takers left out sections of the borough that they thought were in Antrim Township. On one street, census workers counted one side as being in the borough and the other side in the township. "Many properties were listed wrong," he said.

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"We feel there was a gross undercount in 1990," Meyers told the council. "It's better now, but we're still not sure it's right. We are pleased to see it going upward."

Meyers and Councilman Harold Duffey expressed concern that an inaccurate count that is below the actual number would affect the borough's efforts at getting grants.

"It could hurt us," Meyers said. "We're stuck with it for the next 10 years."

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