One of the most important numbers that Bristol will be watching for is its next U.S. Census population figure.
Last time around, the city's population dipped slightly to 60.062, the first time it had ever gone down.
This time, Census 2010 is likely to find that the city is growing again, if preliminary estimates from state and census sources prove accurate.
According to census.gov, the city's estimated population in July 2006 had risen to 61,161, up 1.6 percent in six years. That's nothing to brag about, but it beats the more than 1 percent decline over in New Britain.
A lot of people will be watching to see if New Britain's numbers keep plummeting, as many expect, and to find out if Bristol's population really does rise.
It matters in part because many federal aid checks depend on population. And almost everyone wants more money from Washington.
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