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Texas Population Estimates Annual Survey

Under the direction of the State Demographer, the Texas Demographic Center’s Texas Population Estimates and Projections Program collects survey information in order to produce the population estimates and projections for the State of Texas as required by state law (Chapter 468 of Texas Government Code). These estimates and projections are used by many state agencies and private companies to better serve the State of Texas.

General Survey FAQ

What surveys are collected?

How should I return the survey?

You can mail it in the self-address envelope provided.
You can fax it to (210) 458-6541
You can scan it and email it to tdc@utsa.edu
It is always a good idea to keep a copy of the survey to reference for the next year.

Higher Education Survey FAQ

Do I need to update my contact information if it has not changed?

No, if the school contact is the same there is no need to update it.

Are you looking for Full time Students only?

Yes, we are only looking for Students enrolled Full time at your campus/center.

Do you want on-line students?

No, only student enrolled at your campus/centers.

Should I included high school dual credit students?

No, high school students do not enroll full time.

When calculating housing do I include married spouses not enrolled?

No, we are only want student counts for anytime type of campus housing provided.

Are you looking for full time students at our continuing education centers?

Yes, any center associated with your campus that has full time student enrollment should be listed.

Private School Survey FAQ

Do I need to update my contact information if it has not changed?

No, if the school contact is the same there is no need to update it.

Our school closed do we need to return the survey?

Yes, please return the survey noting the date your school closed.

Our diocese opened a new school how can I get a survey form for them?

If you know of a new school opening in your diocese with grades 1-8 please contact us at tdc@utsa.edu and we will be sure they get a survey form.

For the section "School Information" it ask for lowest and highest grade taught but, our school is ungraded what do I do?

Write in "ungraded" and fill in the Total number of students in your school.

Under the "Enrollment Totals" do you only want grades 1-8 (or ages 6-14 if ungraded)?

Yes, in this section we are only asking for grades 1-8 (or ages 6-14 if ungraded).

Why do you show us our Historic Data?

Historic data comes from grades 1-8 (or ages 6-14 if ungraded); however, sometimes schools realize they gave total enrollment by mistake. Also, some schools may have missed sending in a survey year. They are able to correct the error at this time.

Annexation & Boundary Survey FAQ

Do I need to update my mailing information if it has not changed?

No, if the current mailing information is correct there is no need to update it.

If there were no boundary changes (annexation/detachments) in the year requested do I need to return the survey?

Yes, we need an official survey on file stating that fact. Please check the appropriate box and return the survey.

I use to get a survey form for every county our city was located in. How come I only received one survey form this year?

We have redesigned our form now only one form is needed. All your counties changes can be listed on the one form.

What is the difference between consolidated/merged and been annexed by?

Two places will agree to consolidate/merge into one larger place. Where generally in an annexation one place is over taken by another place.

You ask for a legal description of each annexed or boundary change. Why?

In many instances we can gather missing information from the documentation. If you have filled out the form fully (no blank spaces) and the annexed population is less than 100 there is no need to attach the documentation.

Why do you need to know the County in which the change took place?

We produce our population estimates and projections for the State of Texas by Place and County; therefore, if your City is in several counties we need to know which County to increase the population in.

Why do you need to know the estimated population in each area annexed/detached?

If the area you annexed/detached had a population we need to adjust your cities population by that amount. If you do not know that estimated population but, do know the number of housing units we can calculate the estimated population based on the 2010 census count for your city and county.

Why do you need to know the housing units?

The occupied housing units helps us verify the population of the annexed/detached area. If you do not know that estimated population but, do know the number of housing units we can calculate the estimated population based on the 2010 census count for your city and county.

Building Permits Survey FAQ & Definitions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to update my mailing information if it has not changed?

No, if the current mailing information is correct there is no need to update it.

We did not issue any building permits in the year requested, do I need to return the survey?

Yes, we need an official survey on file stating that fact. Please check the appropriate box and return the survey.

I use to get a survey form for every county our city was located in. How come I only received one survey form this year?

We have redesigned our form now only one form is needed for the majority of cities.

We do not issue building permits but, we do keep track of new residential housing from other sources can we use that?

Yes, we will accept other sources provided you have supporting documentation. Other sources might include: sewage (waste permits), development permits, flood plain reports, utility connections, 911 addressing

What are the differences between buildings and housing units?

Basically one house will equal one housing unit. It becomes more complicated when there are apartments or multi-housing units involved. One building can have several housing units. For example an apartment complex with 4 units in each of its 3 buildings would be 12 housing units. *Please review the definitions located in this section for further explanation.

We had someone move in a barn from another county and now they are living in it. Is that considered “other (move-in housing unit)”?

Yes, people are repurposing many things as housing units. If your city or county allows this, that would be considered “other (move-in housing unit)”.

There was a demolition of an old business to build a new one. Should I include that?

No, do not include any commercial information if at all possible.

Survey Definitions

Demolition (Razing) of Buildings

Number of permits issued for demolitions (razing) of residential buildings.

Housing Unit

May be a house, an apartment, a group of rooms, or a single room occupied as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters include those in which the occupants live and eat separately from other persons in the building, and which have direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall.

Move-ins

Housing units physically moved into the corporate city limits (or county, if applicable).

Privately-Owned

All buildings owned by a private company or individual during the period of construction. This includes all housing built by nonprofit organizations and “turnkey” housing (i.e. housing which will be sold to a local public housing authority when completed).

Publicly Owned

All buildings owned by a governmental body during the period of construction.

Single Family Houses

  • Detached: - Include all detached single family houses.
  • Attached: - Include all duplexes where each unit is separated from adjoining units by a wall that extends from ground to roof, no unit is above or below another unit, each sections has a separate heating system and each unit has separate utility meters.

Two or More Family Building

Units may be above or below other units; if built side by side the units should either share a common heating system, have a common utility system without individual meters, or NOT have separating walls that extend from ground to roof.