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.
Expert: Texas Needs to Address Growth of Hispanic Population
From The El Paso Times: The growth of the Hispanics in Texas needs to be addressed through education, economic improvement and job training or the state will become one of the poorest in the nation, a former U.S. Census Bureau official said Thursday. Former director of the U.S. Census Bureau Steve Murdock discussed the demographic changes Texas has undergone in the past decade and the impact it will have on the state at the Texas Tribune's On the Road: A Symposium on Demographic Change on Friday.
Texas Tribune Festival: Will Boom Go Bust? Demographics is Destiny
From The Texas Tribune: At the Texas Tribune Feb. 27 symposium on the effects of demographic change in
Texas, held on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, former state
demographer Steve Murdock, a past director of the U.S. Census Bureau and current Director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas,
discussed how population shifts, current and future, will affect public
Coming to Our Census
From Texas Monthly: Demographer Steve H. Murdock rose to prominence with his prediction that Texas was on its way to becoming a majority Hispanic state. Today, he has a fresh set of data—and a warning of the economic crash to come if we don't act now.
Demographer Tells Texas Business Leaders Education is Key to Improved Economy
From The Dallas Morning News: Former director of the U.S. Census Bureau Steve Murdock told Texas business leaders in Austin Wednesday to pay attention to demographic population changes in Texas. Murdock said racial and ethnic changes to the population can have dramatic effects on the economy.
A Growing Divide Between Rich and Poor in Texas
From The Star-Telegram: The burgeoning national debate over income inequity hits home in Texas, where the growing divide between the rich and the poor is increasingly centered on race, ethnicity and education.
More People Moved To Texas Than Any Other State Last Year
From The Austinist: It's an unsurprising figure, perhaps, still a big one: 113,528 people moved to Texas from out of state last year, making it the most moved-to state in the country.
Texas' Income Gap Widens as Minority Populations Grow
From KERA News: President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight. He’s expected to make a big deal about economic mobility and reducing income inequality in the U.S. But the challenges are substantial when it comes to narrowing the divide. Texas has the eighth highest level of income inequality, based on 2010 Census data.
Houston's Demography and Destiny
From The Houston Chronicle: What will Texas be like in 2050? One of the best people to ask is Rice sociology professor Steve Murdock, who's served as both Texas' state demographer and the head of the U.S. Census Bureau.