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Latinos will make up the largest minority voting group in 2020. What can the history and rise of the Latino vote tell us about the changing U.S. political landscape?

  

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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • The Texas population boom.
  • The shrinking White population (9:00).
  • Wind power is clean, cheap and under attack (20:40).


The Texas Identity – what do you think that might be? What does it mean to be “a Texan.” What is a Texas thing to do or say? Most people might think of a John Wayne cowboy type of character as the archetype of the Texas Identity. But has the image hit its expiration date. More Texans live in urban areas than in the country. And even then maybe more Texans today identify with Pedro Infante’s charro than with The Duke. 

Thousands of immigration born in other counties are finding their way to Texas. And they are doing so at a rate that’s out pacing native Texas births. The lion’s share are now coming from Asia. This could be the greatest alteration in the state population growth trend since statehood.

We've always known that people around the world smoke, drink and use illegal drugs. But we've never known just how much people abuse substances, nor have we known whether illegal or legal drugs do more harm to human health — until now.

Source: United States Census Bureau

Texas continues to attract new residents from across the country and elsewhere. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau supports projections that the state’s population will double by the year 2050.

The study reflects population growth between the years 2010 and 2014. Over that time, the population of Texas grew by 1.8 million people or by 7 percent. Suburban growth outpaced that of major metropolitan areas.

In fact, the in-fill between Austin and San Antonio is an area that some are calling the “new DFW” — with consistent year-over-year growth in corridor towns like New Braunfels and San Marcos, which was ranked nationally as the fastest-growing city in the nation for the third year in a row.

Growing, Growing On ... Texas Cities Top U.S Population Growth Charts

May 21, 2015
Source: United States Census Bureau / via The Texas Tribune

As Texas' population surged by 1.8 million people from 2010 to 2014, the state's suburban population growth outpaced growth in major metropolitan areas, census figures show. 

New estimates released Thursday by the United States Census Bureau spotlighted the fastest-growing areas of Texas that are supporting projections that the state's population will double by 2050.

Houston, San Antonio and Dallas maintained the same spots on the list of 10 largest cities in the U.S. 

But Texas is also home to the fastest-growing large cities in the country.

Hitting a new all-time high, 60 percent of Americans say they believe marriage between same-sex couples should be recognized by law, with the same rights and privileges as traditional marriages, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Pew Research Center

NEW YORK — The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

Christianity is still the dominant faith in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says.

DALLAS — Two Texas cities are among the top five fastest-growing cities by percentage growth in the past year. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the Austin-Round Rock area in Texas is the nation’s third-fastest growing metropolitan area at 3 percent, followed by fourth-place Odessa, Texas, at 2.9 percent.

Texas snagged the top spots in both numerical increase by person for counties and metro areas.