Could Changing Demographics Turn Texas Politically Purple?

Texas is growing more than any other state, says Texas State Demographer Lloyd Potter, and half of the growth is from people moving to Texas from elsewhere, mainly California, New York, Illinois and Florida. And while Texas “has sort of a wild west persona,” it in fact is growing much more urban, Potter says. A report by the Texas Demographic Center projects that Texas’ population is increasingly concentrated in a handful of metro areas, and that the metropolitan population will double in the 40 years after 2010. Houston, Texas’s largest city, is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse cities in the nation and like the next three biggest cities in the state – San Antonio, Dallas and Austin – it trends Democratic.