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Hobby Center for the Study of Texas

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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.


Dallas Suburbs Lag in Racial Parity Between Officers and Their Communities
From The Dallas Morning News: The percentage of white officers in 14 out of 24 communities in Dallas County with police departments is at least 40 points higher than the percentage of white residents. No other county in Texas has that many communities with so large a gap. Tarrant and Harris counties each have five.

State's Senior Population Growing Faster Than Texas Overall, Moving to Suburbs
From the Houston Chronicle: The number of Texans aged 60 or older, already burgeoning, is expected to more than triple by 2050. 

Austin Metro Area Posts High Growth Again — But Some Ask, at What Cost?
From Austin American Statesman: Carl Gallagher’s roots ran deep in Pennsylvania. He’d resided there all his life, he spent nearly three decades working for the same lighting company, and he has three grown children who live in Lancaster and Philadelphia. So moving halfway across the country wasn’t something he’d ever considered — until he was offered an Austin tech startup job that was too good to pass up.

Energy in the Air
From Beaumont Enterprise/Houston Chronicle: While testifying during the recent school funding lawsuit, former state demographer Steve Murdock said that whether Texas prospers or gets pulled down by poverty hinges on educating the state's Hispanics.

Houston Metro Area Continues Torrid Growth
From Houston Chronicle: The Houston area continues to grow - and grow dramatically - with the region and state leading the nation in boosting its population, according to new U.S. Census data released Thursday.




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