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Hobby Center for the Study of Texas
Rice University
PO Box 1892
MS 202
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone: 713-348-4208
e-mail: hobbycenter@rice.edu 


The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The Center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.


It’s Not Just Avocados That Millennials Like. They’re Also Flocking to Suburbs
From Ft. Worth Star Telegram:  A report titled “Housing the American Suburb” by the  Urban Land Institute dispels the notion of suburbs as sleepy places where millennials, born between 1981 and 1997, wouldn’t want to live.  

Education Savings Accounts Would Bring Choices to Texas Education
From Ft. Worth Star Telegram: Booming enrollment has led to increasingly overcrowded public schools. And countless students — mainly by virtue of their ZIP code alone — remain trapped in schools where their educational needs cannot be met.

Panelists Spar Over State of Public Schools in San Antonio and the State
From the Houston Chronicle: About 40 percent of Hispanics over 25 years old in Texas in 2010 never got a high school diploma, former state demographer Steve Murdock told a San Antonio audience...  

School Vouchers, Rising in Many GOP States, Founder in Texas
From the Austin American Statesman: Texas is one of just seven states with Republican-controlled Legislatures and governorships that have stonewalled private school choice — and many others are small and rural, such as North Dakota and Wyoming. 

Harris County Drops to No. 2 Nationally in Population Growth, According to Census Data
From the Houston Chronicle: Harris County is still having substantial growth and the state is still booming," said Steve Murdock, a former Census Bureau director who heads the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University. "I don't think this is any indication of a long-term pattern of decline for Houston. When gas and oil comes back, we will see that kind of development come back."