Tribpedia: Census

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As mandated by the Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a decennial count of population and households to determine the apportionment of Congressional seats, electoral votes and dispersement of federal funds to states. 

In 2010, the bureau is seeking information such as age, race, ethnicity and housing status from residents at more than 130 million households in the 50 ...

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Interactive: 2013 Rates of Uninsured Across Texas

Use this interactive, which contains 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, to compare the rates of uninsured Texans in each of the state's metropolitan statistical areas. The direct impact of the federal Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, as insurance plans purchased through the ACA marketplace did not go into effect until January 2014. 

Interactive: Texas' Homeless Population Declines

Nearly 30,000 Texans were among more than 610,000 Americans who were homeless this year. But Texas was among the states with the largest decreases in the homeless population, with a 13 percent drop since 2012 and a nearly 26 percent drop since 2007. Use our interactive to learn about the homeless population in various parts of the state.

Interactive: ACS Home Values by County

A U.S. Census Bureau report released this month analyzes median home values over three-year periods. While some counties in Texas rank among the lowest in housing values, others have seen remarkable growth as prices nationally have declined. Use this interactive to explore the changes in Texas home values. 

A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk.  The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.
A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk. The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.

Perry, Obamacare and the Uninsured

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In the same week that the U.S. Census Bureau released new statistics showing Texas again ranks highest for the rate of people without health insurance, Gov. Rick Perry quietly laid out the next moves in his ongoing effort to derail Obamacare.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/16/13

M. Smith drops in on state textbook hearings, E. Smith interviews Tom Pauken, Satija on water rationing along the Colorado River, Root probes Dan Patrick’s unexpected investment, KUT’s Philpott sorts out clinic closings, Murphy maps the latest census data, MacLaggan on a welcome turn in poverty, Malewitz finds a race for energy efficiency, Hamilton reports on better grades for Sul Ross, Grissom on bad grades for the death penalty, Batheja on Debra Medina’s dilemma, Aguilar on the glum forecast for immigration reform and Aaronson looks at the latest hurdle for Obamacare: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013.

A home in the El Cenizo colonia in Laredo, TX. August 23, 2013.
A home in the El Cenizo colonia in Laredo, TX. August 23, 2013.

Poverty Rate Declines for First Time Since Recession

The percentage of Texans living in poverty dropped from 18.5 percent in 2011 to 17.9 percent in 2012, marking the first decline in the state since the recession began in 2008. Still, Texas’ poverty rate remained above the national rate, and above the state's pre-recession rate.

 

 

A young girl plays outside her home in the Pueblo de Palmas colonia near Mission, Texas, on Aug. 29, 2013.
A young girl plays outside her home in the Pueblo de Palmas colonia near Mission, Texas, on Aug. 29, 2013.

Hidalgo County Fights to Ensure Census Counts Everyone

In rapidly growing Hidalgo County, officials who say the 2010 census dramatically undercounted the county’s population are seeking to influence the way its residents are counted in the future. The numbers are crucial for the U.S.-Mexico border county because they translate into dollars.

Census Interactive: Texas' Surging Youth Population

The U.S. Census Bureau has released revised county estimates for the nation, providing a fresh snapshot of Texas' population. Use this interactive to take a county-by-county tour of how the state's youth population grew between 2010 and 2012 — and how Texas' youngest Hispanics are driving the trend. 

 

Interactive: Texas' Hispanic Population Swells

The U.S. Census Bureau last week released its latest set of national population estimates. According to the data, six more Texas counties became majority Hispanic in 2012, and two of those were among the nation's six new majority-minority counties. Use our interactive to take a closer look at the population growth across the state.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/10/11

Aaronson interactively asks if stimulus funds created jobs in Texas, Aguilar on new voter registrar rules that could decrease voter turnout, Galbraith on a UT professor's debunking of climate change "myths," Grissom on an epic clash of El Paso political titans, Hamilton on the right's new higher ed guru, Murphy maps household data from the 2010 Census, Ramsey on a coming rules fight in the Texas Senate, Root and M. Smith on Rick Perry's performance at the New Hampshire debate and M. Smith talks public ed cuts with the state's Superintendent of the Year: The best of our best content from October 10-14, 2011.

Several Texas Counties Rank High in Diversity Index

The Bronx. Queens. Fort Bend? Texas now has some of the nation's most diverse counties, according to an index created by USA Today to analyze U.S. census data. Nine Texas counties make the list of the 40 most diverse counties in the country, according to the analysis. Fort Bend County, outside of Houston, comes in fourth, trailing Bronx County and Queens County in New York, and Hudson County, N.J.  

New Day Rising: The Changing Public Policy Landscape

At the Tribune's New Day Rising symposium on Feb. 28, four public policy experts — Talmadge Helfin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Rebecca Bernhardt of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Jerel Booker of Stand for Children Texas and Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy Priorities — talked about criminal justice, education, health care and other issues that will be impacted by the coming Hispanic majority.

New Day Rising: Hispanics and the Political Landscape

At the Tribune's New Day Rising symposium on Feb. 28, four political consultants — Democrats James Aldrete and Beth Hernandez and Republicans Allen Blakemore and Ross Hunt — talked about how the emerging Hispanic majority in Texas will impact voter turnout and candidates and campaigns in 2012, 2014 and beyond. The panel was moderated by Jim Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the pollsters responisble for the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.