After receiving feedback from a range of constituents about lack of clarity of who we are and what we do, we embarked on an effort to consolidate our product suite and clarify our identity. Our old name, the Texas State Data Center, confused some who contacted us looking for non-demographic data. Additionally, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has a Data Center that is not a demographic data center. We also had previously maintained an “Office of the State Demographer” website separately. We have now consolidated the two websites into one, and we believe our new name provides clarity about who we are and what we do, as does our new URL (demographics.texas.gov).
The stream of people moving to Texas has received much attention in recent years. Migration has added around a quarter million new Texans a year, and this has raised concerns about whether the state can accommodate this kind of growth. However, with one million people moving between Texas counties, far more migration begins and ends within the state. [More Details]
The 2017 Applied Demography Conference will be held on January 11th - 13th, 2017 in San Antonio Texas. The conference is a biennial meeting of Demographers, Sociologists, Economists, Planners, Marketers, and others working with demographic information in applied settings to discuss current issues relevant to applied research. [More Details]
When it comes to demographic shifts, Texas often leads the pack. However, with population aging trends, Texas seems to be on a unique path. This brief is the first in our Aging in Texas series. In this brief, we explore the seeming contradiction of large and fast growth among the Texas elderly – Texas has the third largest elderly population in the country, and this population grew at a faster rate than the nation’s elderly population – as well as Texas’s ranking among the youngest states in the country. [View Report]
Texas has experienced unprecedented population growth in the early 21st century, adding more than six million residents since 2000.
Domestic migration has been a key source of this growth. In recent years, Texas has become the number one destination for the nation’s domestic migrants.
Between 2005 and 2013, 4.8 million people moved to Texas from other states.
Based on the size and composition of its foreign-born population, Texas is more international now than at any time since its statehood in 1845. By 2013, more than one of every 10 foreign-born persons in the United States resided in Texas. Both international and domestic migration are fueling the growth of the foreign-born population in Texas. [View Report]
Recent Census data suggest a new pattern of immigration is emerging in Texas. Traditionally, Texas immigration has been dominated by people originating in Latin America, particularly Mexico. Following the 2007-2009 recession, immigration from Mexico has declined sharply. In 2005, 56.8 percent of all non-citizen immigrants originated in Mexico. By 2013, Mexican-origin immigrants made up only 27.1 percent of all non-citizen immigrants. [View Report]