The 2010 Census showed that there were 25,145,561 Texans as of April 1 of that year.
By July 2012, that figure had grown by another 427,400.
And at 3.63%, the state’s two-year rate of population growth outpaced that of every jurisdiction other than the District of Columbia (5.09%) and North Dakota (4.09%).
As was the case over the previous decade, Hispanic population gain continues to be the major driver of Texas’ growth.
Of the 529,120 people Texas added between 2010 and 2011, 330,661 (or 72.7%) were Hispanic. And while the Census Bureau has not yet released the demographic breakdown of population gain between 2011-2012, it is broadly expected to follow the same pattern.
Hispanics and other non-Anglos also are driving the state’s growth in the critical redistricting measure of citizen voting age population (CVAP).
The Census Bureau’s most recent CVAP estimates calculate that in 2011 there were 15,583,700 Texans who were citizens over the age of 18 - up from 14,896,395 in the prior 2010 estimate.
Of that 687,305 in CVAP growth, 373,410 (or 54.3%) was Hispanic. Another 18.1% of the CVAP increase was African-American, and another 11% was Asian.
In other words, non-Anglos made up 83.4% of Texas’ citizen voting age population gain between 2010 and 2011.
And given that the state’s population is increasingly diverse at younger levels, that trend is expected to accelerate in coming years.
Indeed, while Anglos made up 16.6% of the state’s CVAP growth between 2010 and 2011, they are projected to make up only 12.4% of the CVAP gain between 2012 and 2016.
In raw numbers, in fact, the state is on pace to add nearly as many citizen voting age Asians as Anglos by the next presidential election.
Welcome to the new Texas.