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What Does The State’s Population Growth Mean For The Future Of Texas?

With the news that the Texas population grew by 400,000 in the past year, former state demographer Steve Murdock explains what it could mean for the Lone Star State.


The population of the state of Texas grew by nearly 400,000 people in the last year, according to estimates just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

What does that mean for the future of Texas?

Steve Murdock mulls it over with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen. Murdock is a professor of sociology at Rice University and the former State Demographer of Texas.

Murdock tells us how the U.S. Census Bureau come up with numbers like this, since the actual census only happens every ten years. He says the Census Bureau uses information from a variety of sources, including birth and death data and information on migration.

According to the figures, the state’s overall population climbed to 28.3 million people, reaching that mark somewhere between July 2016 and July 2017. The 2010 Census had the Texas population at 25.1 million people. Texas was the seventh fastest growing state in the nation at a rate of 1.4 percent.

The numbers do not include the impact on the population in the wake of Harvey.

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