It’s census time in Mississippi, and if you’re wondering why so many are encouraging everyone to get counted now, it’s probably because Sunflower County has had trouble in the past in this area.
According to 1980 edition of The E-T, Indianola challenged the count that year, even though the numbers were not final at the time.
The article said Indianola’s population had dropped 11.6% to 7,909 citizens between 1970 and 1980.
Other towns throughout the county also saw losses, even though city and county leaders contended they believed they had grown over the decade.
We also uncovered a 1990 article contending a similar thing after the 1990 census was completed.