Jacksonville is trying not to lose 10,000 in population when the 2010 Census figures come out.
That's because Marines who are currently deployed will be counted as part of the state population where they entered the Marine Corps, and not in Jacksonville, even if they entered the Corps there .
The Marine Corps unit in charge of all East Coast Installations says that's the way they interpret census regulations.
The population for Jacksonville stands at 81,000 and the change in military reporting could mean a loss of more than 12% of the city's population. If that happens the city could take a big hit when it comes to tax dollars that are distributed on a population criteria.