The Texas Demographic Center analyzed historic (2010) data with and without differential privacy. Significant improvements in data accuracy were observed in the new demonstration data, especially in version 12.2 with a higher privacy loss budget. However, smaller populations and specific demographic groups still face disproportionate impact from differential privacy.
Texas has experienced population and household growth over the past decade. The number of households increased from 8.739 million to 9.985 million between 2010 and 2019. This brief explores household characteristics, changes, and regional differences in Texas. We also provide household projections for the state and its counties based on recent trends, aiding planners and policymakers in assessing housing and infrastructure requirements.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sought comments on recommendations regarding population thresholds for metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards. Currently, urban areas with 50,000 or more people are considered metropolitan, and those with 10,000 to 49,999 are micropolitan. The proposed change suggests raising the minimum population for metropolitan areas to 100,000. If implemented, six current Texas metropolitan areas would become micropolitan, resulting in 21 metropolitan and 50 micropolitan statistical areas for Texas in 2020.