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Rural Texas lost population in 2020; now it might lose political clout – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2021-09-11 08:01:08 –

Austin — The big headline for Texas, born from the 2020 census, was that the state continued for decades, perhaps even accelerating, at the top of a growing mountain.

But if you peel off just one or two layers of the onion, you’ll find that the headline doesn’t apply to more than half of Texas’ vast land. In fact, of the 254 counties in the state, 143 (all rural) have been declining since 2010.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) will speak with Congressman Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Christener (D-Grand Prairie) on the house floor at the end of this year's regular session. Governor Greg Abbott is calling lawmakers back to Austin to redraw the political district based on new US census data.

The Texas population explosion between 2010 and 2020 occurred primarily in a relatively small section of the state’s geography. The metropolitan areas of the state’s largest cities, Houston, Dallas / Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. The rest of Texas remained trapped in the mud.

Declining population can economically devastate communities and regions. Fewer people shop at local stores. This will reduce the number of stores that shop. This will increase the number of people shopping away from the town and will probably leave the town forever.



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