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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.


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.

Houston Immigrant Growth 'in a class by itself'
From Houston Chronicle: ... Of the more than 245,000 residents Harris County gained in the past three years, a quarter were foreign migrants and 16 percent were Americans from other regions, said Steve Murdock, a former state demographer...

Texas House of Representatives: County Affairs Committee Hearing
Dr. Steve H. Murdock's testimony, March 12, 2015.

The Fight Over Public School Funding and Texas’ Next Generation: Q&A with ‘Texas Promise’ Filmmaker Vanessa Roth
From Waco Tribune-Herald: Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Vanessa Roth’s newest film, “The Texas Promise,” focuses on the ongoing fight over funding for public schools; those state leaders pressing to redirect some taxpayer funds to private and religious schools; and the students, teachers, parents, administrators and school board members on the front lines in public education.

TEXAS VIEW: Higher Ed Still Has Way to Go
From Odessa American: Today, more Texans are enrolled in two- or fouryear programs than a decade ago, the result of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s plan in 2000 to increase enrollment, especially among African-American and Hispanic youngsters.