Population growth is the fundamental driver behind all of our data trends, from education to traffic to housing. The direction, distribution and rate of population growth define our pursuit of sustainability in our region. The nature of population growth is also critical; planning for a young workforce migrating into the region is different than planning for young families.
The population can also be viewed by the way individuals live together — households, both family and non-family, including both adults and children. Changes and trends in these population patterns reflect the changing fabric of a community.
When looking at variables such as race/ethnicity and age, Central Texas continues to progress through a significant demographic shift, as are the state and the nation. This shift will affect not only how we manage the challenges of growth today, but also how we think about the future.