Am I required to complete the survey?
No, your response to the survey is voluntary, although the production of population estimates and projections for the
State of Texas is mandated by state law (Chapter 468 of Texas Government Code). The collection of data is very important
and the foundation of the Texas Population Estimates and Projections Program. Many state agencies, local governments, and
private entities use this data to better serve the residents of Texas.
Why do I get a survey from the Census Bureau requesting boundary information?
The U.S. Census Bureau also conducts a Boundary and Annexation Survey to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. In addition to our survey, please respond to their Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)
as well to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governments.
Do I need to update my mailing information if it has not changed?
No, if the current mailing information is correct there is no need to update it.
If there were no boundary changes (annexation/detachments) in the year requested, do I need to return the survey?
Yes, we need an official survey on file stating that fact. Please check the appropriate box and return the survey.
I use to get a survey form for every county our city was located in. How come I only received one survey form this year?
We have redesigned our form now only one form is needed. All your counties changes can be listed on the one form.
What is the difference between "consolidated/merged with" and "been annexed by"?
Two places will mutually agree to consolidate/merge into one larger place. Where generally in an annexation, property or an entire place is taken over by another place.
You ask for a legal description of each annexation or boundary change. Why?
In many instances we can gather missing information from the documentation. If you have filled out the form fully (no blank spaces)
and the annexed population is less than 100 there is no need to attach the documentation.
Why do you need to know the county in which the change took place?
We produce our population estimates and projections for the State of Texas by place and county. Therefore,
if your city is in several counties we need to know in which county the population change occurred.
Why do you need to know the estimated population in each area annexed/detached?
If the area you annexed/detached had a population, we need to adjust your city’s population by that amount. If you do not know that estimated population,
but do know the number of housing units we can calculate the estimated population based on the 2020 census count for your city and county.
Why do you need to know the housing units?
The occupied housing units helps us verify the population of the annexed/detached area. If you do not know that estimated population but,
do know the number of housing units we can calculate the estimated population based on the 2020 census count for your city and county.