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.
State Board Calls for More Texans to Have Degree or Certificate
From the Austin American Statesman: The state’s higher education agency on Thursday adopted a strategic plan that says by 2030 at least 60 percent of Texas residents ages 25 to 34 should have a certificate or degree.
The Other Texas the Boom Forgot: Rural Counties Struggle to Stay Afloat
From The Dallas Morning News: Each year, when the U.S. Census Bureau releases the latest population estimates, attention turns to the surging growth along the Texas Triangle — shaped by the three interstate highways connecting the state’s biggest cities. But there’s barely a mention of this other Texas, more than 100 counties in the east and the Panhandle, scattered across the Plains and the emptiness of the west.
Eliot Shapleigh: Reform Bills Will Improve Texas Schools
From the El Paso Times: What we are talking about is rolling up our sleeves and improving the public schools that are already in our neighborhoods, helping teachers who are teaching our children and affecting our state's future.
Area Growth in Line with Texas Trend
From The Dallas Morning News: The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that the staggering growth of small and medium-size cities across the Dallas region shows no sign of slowing.
Expert ponders where Texas will be in 2065: Demographics Signal a Less Prosperous Future
From the Houston Chronicle: Based on current trends, the average Texas household income
will earn $6,500 less in 2040 than it did in 2000, according to former state
demographer Steve Murdock. And those are actual dollars, not adjusted for