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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.


The Big Boom: North Texas’ Growth Shows No Signs of Slowing Down
From the Star-Telegram: Fort Worth added more people than any other city in North Texas in 2015 and continues to move toward 1 million, according to recent population.

Texas Suburbs Bursting With New Residents; See How Much They’ve Grown
From The Dallas Morning News: By now, Texans may be getting weary of the constant stream of growth superlatives. The state and its major metro areas routinely top lists of the places attracting companies and new residents, both from abroad and from other states. And census population data released this week doesn’t do much to buck that trend: Houston, for instance, was second only to New York City in terms of the raw number of residents it added from July 2014 to July 2015.

Tarrant County Posts Sixth-largest Population Increase in U.S.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Texas hasn’t put the brakes on population growth. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington added 144,704 people, the second-largest population increase in the nation behind Houston, for the 12 months that ended July 1, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

‘Passion’ for Educating Those in Need Leads Texas Can Academies’ New Leader Back to Dallas
From The Dallas Morning News: ...It was the 1990s, and demographer Steve Murdock had released his breakthrough report on how the changing face of Texas would impact the state for generations to come. It became clear...that closing educational gaps many Hispanics face would be critical not only to the children’s future but to Texas as a whole.

Developers Cater to Area's Changing Demographics
From Community Impact Newspaper: “It’s not necessarily that millennials are all moving to the typical urban environments,” said Steve Murdock, a demographer and professor of sociology at Rice University. “They are moving where the jobs and the growth are, and although there are jobs in the central Houston district, there are plenty in Cy-Fair as well.”