• Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Numbers of Texas Natives Shrinking as Population Booms

    As the population of Texas has swelled since the mid 1970s, the number of native Texans has shrunk, according to a fascinating chart from the New York Times blog The Upshot. In their "Where We Came From, State by State" story, charts for every state in the country show the number of people moving in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Article Says More White People Are Moving to Houston Area Thanks to Jobs

    While fewer and fewer white people are being born nationally, compared with say Latinos, a recent article in the Houston Chronicle (which prefers the word "Anglo"), shows that statewide and locally the white population has grown. As the Chronicle reports: Texas, on the other hand, saw the largest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Which World Cup Teams Might Houstonians Root For? [Map]

    The U.S. plays its first game of the 2014 World Cup today against Ghana. Of course, Houston is in the good old US of A, and the Americans will have Houstonians rooting for them. But this is one of the most diverse cities in the country (maybe even the world). With that in mind, we decided to look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Houston Second in Population Growth, Census Says

    Humidity, hurricanes and no zoning laws weren't enough to keep people away. According to US Census data, from 2012 to 2013, Houston was second in population growth behind New York. H-Town added an estimated 35,202 residents from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013. New York was far ahead, adding an esti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Latest From the Right Wing Fever Swamp: Census Bureau Faked 2012 Jobs Report

    There are certain political news-consumers who choose their media diet fastidiously: if it's not right wing, it's not on the menu. These media "swamps" are the places where the Birthers lurk, Benghazi is a massive cover-up, and -- despite the fact that the Dow Jones closed over 16,000 for the first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    How Houston Compares Favorably to Rest of U.S. Economy

    Recently, I wrote about the realities of income distribution in the U.S. Today, I'm going to focus on Houston. The following information comes from the American Community Survey done by the U.S. Census Bureau. (Link here). The figures are from 2012. Here's some good news: we make more money in Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    John Cornyn Insists Voter ID=Voter Equality, The Right Side of Texas Nods Its Amens

    While President Obama and many others see the Supreme Court's June ruling on the Voter Rights Act as the complete knee-capping of minority election rights, our own Senator John Cornyn says everything is a-OK and it's about time. Continuing his appeal to the right wing people of Texas, says the SC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Austin, Houston and Dallas Top Three in Fastest Growing Cities in America

    I'm pretty sure everyone outside of Texas hates the phrase "everything's big in Texas" about as much as every person in Houston hates the phrase "Houston, we have a problem." But, I'm about to drop it on you one more time because, according to Forbes, the top three fastest growing cities in America ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 17, 2013

    Rants of a Know Nothing

    And a dramatic piece of Mexican history.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Houston Wins Census Challenge, Increases Official Population Total by a Whopping 812

    On any given Sunday during football season, there are 70,000 people sitting in the stands watching the game. Imagine just over one percent of those people, probably the number of combined fans standing in the beer and bathroom lines at halftime at one corner of the upper level, and you just imagined ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    October 25, 2011

    Pasadena, Home to Some Sickos, Is Also a Nifty Place to Retire

    Retire to this in Pasadena.​The economy blows, especially for old folks, who aren't as able to kick it with an umbrella drink at some beachside hang like in the old days. No worries, according to Tom Corley, author of The Top 100 Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012. Instead of sink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Houston's Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Raise Children

    And they may just live in Houston.​The Atlantic's blog has crunched some numbers from a recent gay survey and census data, and it's found that when it comes to raising kids, Houston's same-sex couples are near the tops in the nation. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had the seventh-highest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Unlike City Council, Metro Board Not Expanding After 2010 Census

    We're fine as we are, Metro board says.​Just think -- we could have two more Metro board members. Alas, it is not to be. Although the 2010 Census showed (barely) enough growth in Houston to trigger expansion of the city council by two seats, a study for Metro said there's no need for its boar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Little India: The Reflection of a Small but Vibrant Community

    ​I was discussing Nigerian restaurants with a friend last night over dinner. "Are there any?" she asked. "In Houston?" I replied. "Of course! Why?" It was a rhetorical question; I knew the answer. Despite making up nearly 2 percent of our city's population, Nigerians in Houston -- and their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Scott Hochberg: Politically Extinct Due To Redistricting?

    Scott Hochberg has a target on his back​A marathon session in the state House of Representatives has produced a proposed redistricting map, and it's bad news for two Houston Democrats: Scott Hochberg and Hubert Vo. Houston loses one district under the map, and in the game of musical chairs, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Census: Texas Is a Whole Lot More Hispanic

    Hola, Tejas​The AP has gotten a preview of the census data to be released later today about Texas, and it shows what most everyone knows: The state has gotten more Hispanic. Data shows 38 percent of the 25.1 million people residing in Texas are Hispanic, 45 percent are Anglo and 11.5 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Houston Just Shy of 2.1 Million; Parker Will Still Push for Two More Council Seats

    549 short of 2.1 million​Houston, if you only had more unprotected sex, you might be guaranteed two more city council members. The city charter requires that two more single member districts be created when the city's population hits 2.1 million. The figures are in, and the 2010 Census pegs u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Teen Birth Rate Hits Lowest Point In 70 Years

    Less chance these days his mom's a teenager​See what happens when you get rid of abstinence-only sex education? The birth rate for teen mothers is at its lowest point since 1940, when records were first kept, a federal study released today says. The report from the National Center for Healt ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 8, 2010
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    January 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Gettin' Kinda Crowded -- Texas Grows More Than Any Other State In Past Year

    ​Further proof that we're not being hit as hard in the Great Recession as some -- Texas added more residents in the past 12 months than any state in the union, the Census Bureau reported today.Texas added 478,000 residents in the previous 12 months, beating out California, which added almost 100,0 ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 28, 2009

    Advanced Mexican Studies

    Where are all the professionals and college degrees?

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    The Census Bureau Is Counting On You -- To Apply For A Job

    Looking for a job? The US Census Bureau is looking for you. And it's not waiting for any lousy stimulus funds. It's hiring now.There are 3,000 slots in the Houston area for work connected to the 2010 Census, which is ramping up as we speak.Much of the work involves walking neighborhood streets with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    Coming Soon: The Anglo Minority In Texas

    The U.S. Census Bureau released a new report today saying that minorities will become the majority in America in the year 2042. There was no state-by-state breakdown (that will be released in a few months), but we talked to the State Demographer of Texas to find out when Anglos in the Lone Star Sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2008

    There's More and More Houstonians

    Feeling a little crowded? You should -- Houston has just been declared the country's fastest-growing city. And that's according to the U.S. Census Bureau, so you know it's got to be right. The bureau released a new study today on growth in U.S. cities between July 1, 2006 and July 1, 2007. No cit ... More >>

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    September 25, 2003

    Best Jukebox

    Under the Volcano

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    September 20, 2001

    Best Democrat

    Eric Andell, Visiting judge

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    September 21, 2000
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    January 14, 1999

    Down For The Count

    A test census survey stirs up questions on privacy

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    December 9, 1993

    Snow Job

    Why would the U.S. ship dozens of snowmobiles to the Caribbean?