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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.


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.

Houston Area and Dallas-Fort Worth Top Nation’s Fastest-growth List
From the Dallas Morning News:Dallas-Fort Worth added more new residents than almost anywhere else in the U.S. in the latest population estimates.  The area trailed only Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

Youth in Large Cities: Attracting the Masses
From Wichita Falls Times Record News: Steve Murdock, former director of the Census Bureau, said the pattern of young adults moving to cities has been occurring since the beginning of census data collection.