The Texas Population
Program was established in the mid-1980s to meet a growing demand for population estimates for places and counties and for estimates and projections
for counties that had age, sex and race/ethnicity detail.
The Programs' Overall Objectives
To allow the State of Texas to actively participate in the U.S. Bureau of Census population estimates and projections programs:
To produce annual estimates of the total populations of counties and places in the state and estimates of county populations by age, sex, and race/ethnicity.
- To produce biennial projections of the population of the state and all counties in the state by age, sex and race/ethnicity.
Users of the Estimates and Projections
Estimates and projections of the programs are used by more than 500 entities per year. Some of the public agency users include:
- Governor's Office (for numerous purposes)
- Legislative Budget Board (for budget planning)
- Legislative Council (for redistricting planning)
- Comptroller's Office (as a basis for their estimates for regions)
- Texas Department of Transportation (for facility, route and highway construction planning)
- Texas National Guard (to guide their recruiting efforts and estimate future manpower needs)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (to increase accuracy of their service projections)
- Texas Economic Development Council
- Numerous other state agencies and public organizations
- Numerous County Judges and Other local officials (for redistricting and other purposes)