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11/14/10 9:04 PM Demographics - Texas In Focus Page 1 of 4 http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/tif/population.html Web Site Survey Texas in Focus: Home Introduction Demographics Infrastructure Water Energy Transportation Health Care Education Public Education Higher Education Economic Development Conclusion Endnotes DID YOU KNOW? Texas has the nation’s largest rural population, with more than 3.6 million rural residents in 2000 * . Exhibit 1 Texas Population by Age, 2006 (Texas Population by Age, Text Alternative) Exhibit 2 U.S. and Texas Population by Age, 2006 (Texas Population by Age, Text Alternative) Exhibit 3 Texas in Focus: Texas in Focus: A Statewide View of Opportunities A Statewide View of Opportunities Demographics T exas is one of the fastest–growing states in the nation. Since 2000, the state’s population has increased by 12.7 percent, nearly twice that of the nation (6.4 percent). 1 Our growing population is becoming older, less rural and more diverse. These changes will require business and community leaders to address the needs of maintaining and building our infrastructure, coping with the cost of health care and providing the educational system we need to compete in a global economy. Texas had an estimated population of more than 23.5 million in 2006, or 12.7 percent more than in 2000. 2 In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that more than half of all Texans – 52 percent – were aged 25 to 64. Those under the age of 25 accounted for 38 percent of the population, while 9.9 percent were aged 65 or older ( Exhibit 1 ). Nationally, the percentages are similar: 34.5 percent were under the age of 25, 53.1 percent were aged 25 to 64 and 12.4 percent were aged 65 and older ( Exhibit 2 ). 3 Texas has an aging population. From 1980 to 2005, the population of Texas as a whole rose from 14.2 million to 22.9 million, or about 60.7 percent. Over the same time period, the number of Texans aged 65 and over grew at a faster rate, 65.7 percent, from 1.4 million to 2.3 million. In 2006, 48.3 percent of Texans were White; 35.7 percent were Hispanic; 11.4 percent were Black; and 4.6 percent fell into the “other” category, which includes persons of American Indian, Asian and Hawaiian descent, among others. This is in contrast to the U.S. as a whole, which was 66.4 percent White, 14.8
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course GEOG 305 taught by Professor Prout during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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