Texas’ Child Population: More Kids, More Diversity, More Responsibility

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Frances Deviney /(512) 320-0222 x 106

June 15, 2011

Child Population from 2000 to 2010 >>  
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Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every man, woman, and child to track the growth of our national, state, and local populations. Between 2000 and 2010, Texas’ total population grew at twice the national rate to more than 25 million people. A large part of Texas’ growth is due our child population, which grew by 16 percent to 6.9 million children. This report examines the newest census data and describes how Texas’ child population changes are as varied as the state itself, differing depending on whether they live in urban or rural areas and their race/ethnicity. These changes are discussed in the context of our ongoing revenue struggle to find enough money to fund our basic needs now and plan for our future.