• URBAN TEXAS: Recent Metropolitan Migration Patterns

    Migration from outside of Texas is a key factor in the state’s recent population growth. This is especially true in metropolitan areas. The state’s 25 metro areas had a net gain of 5,943 residents from internal migration within Texas and this is substantially smaller than the 276,948 gained from net domestic migration and immigration. [More Details]

  • URBAN TEXAS: Components of Change

    Recent population growth in Texas has been robust due to a combination of natural increase and net migration. However, what is true at the state level is not always true at the local level. Differences in the components of population change selectively favor urban growth over rural growth. We find that migration is transforming the state’s largest metropolitan areas into urban growth hubs while many rural areas are experiencing flat or negative population growth. [More Details]

  • In contemporary Texas, the vast majority of population growth occurs in metropolitan areas. With every decennial census since 1850, the state’s population share in what are today’s metropolitan counties has increased while the population share of the non-metropolitan counties has declined. By 2010, 84.7 percent of Texans lived in urban areas. At present growth rates, the Texas urban population will double in 40 years. Metropolitan areas in Texas are projected to have more than 90 percent of the state’s 2010-2050 total population growth. [More Details]

  • Texas Migration

    In recent years, Texas has become a favorite destination for domestic and international migrants, adding close to 250,000 people a year through migration. In addition to this external migration, over a million Texans move from one county to another within the state. Together, these migration streams produce a substantial population redistribution within Texas every year. This brief examines how these external and internal migration streams are affecting different areas within the state. [More Details]

  • 2015 Population Estimates

    The final Population Estimates are available for July 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016. The Texas Demographic Center produces annual estimates of the total population of counties and places in the state. Estimates of county populations by age, sex, and race/ethnicity are also available. The TDC annual estimates aid state and local governments, policymakers, and other stakeholders to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the state, counties, and places. [More Details]

  • Texas Mobility

    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]

  • Aging in Texas: Introduction

    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]

  • Introduction to Texas Domestic Migration

    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.
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  • The Foreign-Born Population in Texas

    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]

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    Origins of Immigrants to Texas

    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]

Texas Demographic Center Updates

Urban Migration - Part Three

October 18, 2017
Urban growth and rural decline are not new phenomena in Texas. Historically, though, these were mainly due to migration from the farm to the city – a process of internal migration. Today, migration from outside of Texas is fueling unprecedented urbanization. In this brief, we examine how the sources of migration are affecting population growth in the state’s urban and rural areas. [Read More]

Urban Migration - Part Two

September 14, 2017
In the 100 years between 1910 and 2010, Texas added more than 21 million people. The majority of this growth occurred in a 30-year span between 1980 and 2010. Recent growth continues to be robust. In this brief, the relationships between population growth and the components of population change are described. The focus is on how differences in births, deaths, and migration underlie a growing population divide between urban and rural areas of Texas. [Read More]

Urban Migration - Part One

August 21, 2017
In contemporary Texas, the vast majority of population growth occurs in metropolitan areas. With every decennial census since 1850, the state’s population share in what are today’s metropolitan counties has increased while the population share of the non-metropolitan counties has declined. By 2010, 84.7 percent of Texans lived in urban areas. At present growth rates, the Texas urban population will double in 40 years. Metropolitan areas in Texas are projected to have more than 90 percent of the state’s 2010-2050 total population growth. [Read More]

2017 Texas Demographic Conference Presentation now available.

March 1, 2017
The Texas Demographic Conference provides opportunities to learn about and discuss demographic current issues, how and where to access and use demographic data, renew acquaintances and meet others who share your interests. The presentations for this year's conference are now available. [More Details]

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