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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.


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.”

Texas Trending Poorer, Education Cited
From The Fort Stockton Pioneer: “The future of Texas, the future of the U.S. is tied to the minority populations, especially the Hispanic populations. How well we do depends on how well they do, and how well they do depends on how well they are educated,” [Steve] Murdock said. “As education increases, the unemployment rate goes down. As education goes up, income goes up. That’s true for every single ratio demographic group, every occupational group. Education pays. That’s been true since I have been in this business—for 40 years,” Murdock said. “If we don’t take these and other demographic changes into account as we plan for the future, our country and our state will be much less successful,” he continued.

The Changing Face of Texas Public Schools
From KSTX San Antonio: The makeup of the Texas public school system has become less white and poorer in recent decades, according to the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency reflected in The Texas Tribune’s Texas Public Schools Explorer. It’s a change that’s largely attributable to massive growth in the state’s Hispanic and Asian populations.