Income Gap Could Take Toll on Texas, Book Says

As Texas’ rapid growth continues to be fueled by an increase in the Hispanic population, Hispanic and black Texans are likely to keep lagging socioeconomically behind whites, leading to a poorer and less competitive state, according to a new book by a leading expert on Texas demographics.

Changing Texas: Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge, by Steve Murdock, a former state demographer and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, examines the latest census data to predict how the second-most-populous state will evolve through 2050. The Texas challenge, he writes, is to consider ways — through education, for ...

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