Changing Demographics in Texas


Texas History Conservatism and Contemporary Texas Changing Demographics in Texas
Students analyze the effects of changing population distribution and growth in Texas. They explore and analyze census maps and age distribution graphs. Then they consider possible future trends in the state's population.

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In this experience, students analyze the effects of changing population distribution and growth in Texas. They explore and analyze census maps and age distribution graphs. Then they consider possible future trends in the state’s population.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the effects of the changing population distribution and growth in Texas.
  • Describe the structure of the population of Texas using demographic concepts such as growth rate and age distribution.




Texas Population Map from the 2000 Census


The population of Texas is changing in many ways. Some of these changes are due to immigration from other countries and some are due to migration of people coming from other parts of the United States and from within Texas. In this lesson you will examine changes in the Texas population and how they might affect the future of the state.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the effects of the changing population distribution and growth in Texas.
  • Describe the structure of the population of Texas using demographic concepts such as growth rate and age distribution.

Demographics are the characteristics of a population, such as age, income, and ethnicity. Some of the biggest changes facing modern Texas are related to its shifting demographics. To get a small sample of the demographics of Texas, share information about your ethnic background.


List the country or countries of origin of the immigrants in your family. To list more than one country, separate them with a comma, like this: Utah, Nevada.

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Review the list. Are there any surprises? Ask students how many generations their family has been in the United States.

Ask the class if anyone wants to share some information about their ethnic background, if it is unusual.


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