Two towns appealing Census count

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October 25, 1990 — Luray and Stanley are appealing the preliminary 1990 population count made by the U.S. Bureau of the Census while Page County and the Town of Shenandoah appear content with the figures. Localities have a limited amount of time to appeal before the figures become final.

Stanley Town Manager Martha Graves was particularly concerned since the census figures show the town losing 23 residents since 1980. The other three jurisdictions have grown in population, according to the preliminary counts.

“A lot of your state aid programs are based on how many people you have,” Mrs. Graves noted Tuesday. The money, police grants … the more our population is cut, the more our funds are cut.”

Census figures show Luray’s 1990 population at 4,526.

“We have identified seven census blocks where we believe additional housing units should be counted. There has been general growth throughout the town. It should be around 5,000,” said Luray Town Manager Ronald Good. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier


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