Texas’ Changing Demographics

In many ways Texas is a leader of the nation. It’s fast-growing economy and booming job market is helping to lead the way towards a strong US economy. Texas is also leading the nation in another way: demographic changes. It’s no surprise that Texas and the US are changing demographically. Our state is becoming more diverse as minorities, especially those of Hispanic origin, become a larger part of the population. Feel free to look at the sources below to learn about how the changing demographics of Texas will shape our future and how it relates to economic development. 


Former Census Director Talks Demographic Shift

Texas is changing, and few Texans know the details better than Steve Murdock. The professor of sociology at Rice University in Houston has twice been listed among the most influential Texans — by now-defunctTexas Business in 1997, and by Texas Monthly, which dubbed him “The Prophet” in 2005. He was appointed the first State Demographer of Texas in 2001. In 2007, George W. Bush tapped him to be the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Read the rest of the article here.

Watch former Texas State Demographer speak about the changing demographics of the US


State Comptroller’s Office: Demographics

Texas is one of the fastest–growing states in the nation. Since 2000, the state’s population has increased by 12.7 percent, nearly twice that of the nation (6.4 percent). Our growing population is becoming older, less rural and more diverse. These changes will require business and community leaders to address the needs of maintaining and building our infrastructure, coping with the cost of health care and providing the educational system we need to compete in a global economy. Read more here.

State Comptroller’s Office: Education

Official Texas population projections point to a less educated work force if the state continues on its current path. A less educated work force translates into lower earnings and fewer skilled workers. Businesses will have a harder time finding qualified employees to fill positions, and may even decide to locate in a different state where skilled workers are plentiful. Read the entire article here.