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.
Fast-growing Frisco’s Population Reaches 150,000
From The Dallas Morning News: Frisco has been one of the country’s fastest-growing cities for years. New homes are being steadily added to the mix. So far this year, the city has issued, on average, 198 single-family building permits each month. Buildout is projected to reach about 350,000. Steve Murdock, director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, where he is also a professor, said he’s not surprised by the number. “Your area in that corridor is growing very rapidly,” he said.
The Future is Now for Texas
From CW39 NewsFix: According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, here in the Lone Star state, the future is now. Texas is one of only four states that is majority minority, and our racial make up closely resembles what researchers project for the entire country by 2060.
State Board Calls for More Texans to Have Degree or Certificate
From the Austin American Statesman: The state’s higher education agency on Thursday adopted a strategic plan that says by 2030 at least 60 percent of Texas residents ages 25 to 34 should have a certificate or degree.
The Other Texas the Boom Forgot: Rural Counties Struggle to Stay Afloat
From The Dallas Morning News: Each year, when the U.S. Census Bureau releases the latest population estimates, attention turns to the surging growth along the Texas Triangle — shaped by the three interstate highways connecting the state’s biggest cities. But there’s barely a mention of this other Texas, more than 100 counties in the east and the Panhandle, scattered across the Plains and the emptiness of the west.
Eliot Shapleigh: Reform Bills Will Improve Texas Schools
From the El Paso Times: What we are talking about is rolling up our sleeves and improving the public schools that are already in our neighborhoods, helping teachers who are teaching our children and affecting our state's future.