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Houston Leads the Nation in Population Growth — Again

Posted on · Texas added more people last year than any other state, according to new population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last week (March 24, 2016). Overall, the state added nearly half a million people (490,000). Greater Houston had the largest gain of any metro area in the nation, adding about 159,000 people, according to data […]

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Dr. Stephen Klineberg: Lessons from 30 Years Studying a Changing Houston

Posted on · For 34 years, Rice University sociologist Dr. Stephen Klineberg has examined the Greater Houston region’s economic and demographic transformations and recorded how area residents respond to them in the Kinder Houston Area Survey. There’s really no other research program quite like it anywhere in the country. To discuss what it can tell us about Houston’s […]

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The Million: Stories of Houston’s Many Foreign-Born Residents

Posted on · In Harris County, more than one million residents – that’s one in four people — were born in a foreign country. Today, Houston Public Media began its first installment in a year-long series called “The Million” with our partners at the Houston Chronicle. It explores how diversity shapes our region. The series started with a […]

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Child Fatality Report and Competitive Cooking: Wednesday’s Show (March 25, 2015)

Posted on · Two state agencies have collaborated to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 to […]

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Majority Of African-Americans In Houston Feel Criminal Justice System Is Biased

Posted on · There’s been an ongoing national conversation about race, discrimination and justice sparked by the recent high profile killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Here in Houston, a majority of the African-American community feels that there’s a bias against them in the criminal justice system. That’s according to the latest survey […]

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Klineberg on Houston’s Hispanics and Comedian W. Kamau Bell: Houston Matters for Friday, November 7, 2014

Posted on · Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice Sociology Professor and founding director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, unveils a new report today titled “Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston.” The report examines the educational and economic experiences of different Hispanic communities in and around Houston, and explores the implications for their future, and […]

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How Does Where You Live in Houston Affect Your Health?

Posted on · We talk with Stephen Klineberg about Rice’s Houston Area Health Survey, which examines the connection between health insurance and perceived wellness, and the role factors ranging from income to age to education to ethnicity to even the neighborhood you live in may have on your health and well-being.

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Will Changing Demographics Really Turn Texas Blue Someday?

Posted on · A new Gallup poll calls into question the conventional wisdom that changing demographics in Texas might lead to a change in statewide political power. The concept goes like this: more and more Hispanics are in Texas every year. Historically, they’re a voting bloc that leans heavily Democratic. Therefore, changing demographics in Texas suggest Democrats might […]