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  •  For what it's worth, I was curious what CityData (2+ / 0-)
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    shows (assuming their statistics and estimates are anything more than ballpark).  They tend to show about twice as high a percentage of gay/lesbian households in Austin versus Round Rock:

    Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

       * Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
       * Gay men: 0.2% of all households

    Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

       * Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
       * Gay men: 0.5% of all households

    But I assume the study probably referred to it as "Austin-Round Rock" only because of the metro area.

    •  Yes, it used to be called Austin/San Marcos (3+ / 0-)
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      or occasionally Austin/Georgetown, but after Round Rock's growth exploded such that it now is more than double Georgetown or San Marcos, increasingly I see the identification of the Austin/Round Rock metro area. The metro area generally is defined as Travis, Hays (to the south), Williamson (to the north), usually Bastrop (to the west) and sometimes Caldwell (to the SE) counties.

      "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

      by craigkg on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 10:17:43 AM PST

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      •  Ah, that makes sense (1+ / 0-)
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        I was puzzled by the way the study referred to it, as I had always used to see either San Marcos or Georgetown mentioned.

        Even little Bastrop seems a lot more crowded than it used to be.  71 coming up from Bastrop to Austin during morning rush hour is often packed now, and it used to be such a quiet syretch.

        •  Bastrop has seen a lot of development (2+ / 0-)
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          My parents live off 95 closer to Elgin. They often say they wish they were closer to Bastrop because of the development. But Bastrop still pales in size compared to the burbs north of Austin. In fact some estimates have Elgin as larger than Bastrop. Bastrop is only about 8,000 while Hutto is about 20,000, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Pflugerville top 50,000 and Round Rock is over 100,000.

          "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

          by craigkg on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 10:43:55 AM PST

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          •  Yeah, Cedar Park and Leander used to be sleepy (1+ / 0-)
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            Then they became Austin's best-kept (i.e., worst-kept) secrets.  Maybe the 183 tollway has helped move traffic around there.  I dunno.

            I'm waiting for Seward Junction to take off next.

            I doubt folks want to move as far away as Lampassas, but maybe they might.

          •  Geez, it's hard to imagine anything but (0+ / 0-)

            thornbushes, rocks and bugs in Bastrop- used to drive by there on my way to Austin in the 80s when I lived in Texas.

            •  Well that explains it (0+ / 0-)

              So you lived 6 long years in the 1980s, and apparently in College Station A&M where because of the whole traditional "Agricultural and Mechanical" thing, it was still a bit under-representative of Texas as a whole at the time.

              They've been doing better with their programs over the past 30 years, as well as their demographics.


              Males still outnumber females, and whites still represent 5 times as many students as Latinos.

              But again, this isn't representative of the state itself, which is majority-minority and has been since 2005.

              Minority children now represent the vast majority of school enrollments in large- and medium-sized Texas cities.

              White children make up less than less than 3 percent in the San Antonio Independent School District, 8 percent of the Houston Independent School District enrollment and less than 5 percent in the Dallas Independent School District.

              White enrollments in the Fort Worth and Waco school districts have dropped below 15 percent this year. White students make up 15 percent of the Corpus Christi ISD enrollment and less than 10 percent in nearly every Texas border city.

              Formerly white-majority suburban districts that are now majority Hispanic include the Cypress-Fairbanks, Katy, Klein, Pearland, Alvin and Angleton districts in the Houston area and Mesquite, Garland, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Arlington and Mansfield in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

              Some of the changes have been dramatic. The Cypress-Fairbanks district, for example, has become the third largest in Texas and its white student enrollment dropped to 35 percent this year from 61 percent a decade ago.

              In the Dallas area, the Mesquite ISD white student enrollment dropped to 26 percent this year from 62 percent 10 years ago, while the percentage of Hispanic students jumped from 17 to 45 percent during that time. In the Arlington ISD, the white enrollment dropped to 29 percent from 51 percent during the past decade while the Hispanic student population increased from 22 to 40 percent.

              The sheer number of school districts in rural areas means more districts have white majorities than Hispanic majorities. But even that is changing. Across Texas, 349 districts are majority Hispanic, up from 245 a decade ago. The state’s 670 white-majority school districts are 97 fewer than 10 years ago.

              The number of white students in Texas public schools peaked at 1,756,966 for the 1995-96 school year.  Today, there are 141,507 fewer of them.

              The overall shift appears driven by birth rates and immigration, not "white flight" to private schools.


              By the way, College Station and Bastrop aren't the "Gulf Coast."  Unless you lived somewhere else a lot further south for the years you weren't at A&M, maybe Galveston (28% Latino vs. 47% Anglo, by the way):


              But yeah, if you hit small towns in Texas or the under-populated counties especially in Central through North Texas, you see a lot of white rural people.  Of course, that's missing all the big cities and the densely populated Latino border counties.  But it's sort of like the blind men who each touched an elephant and came away with their own separate impressions.

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