Michael Barone has an interesting analysis: Texas Shows Its Swagger in New Population Estimates
"No. 3 in percentage population growth in 2008-09 was giant Texas, the nation's second most populous state.
Its population grew by almost half a million and accounted for 18 percent of the nation's total population growth.
Texas had above-average immigrant growth, but domestic in-migration was nearly twice as high.
There may be lessons for public policy here.
Texas over the decades has had low taxes (and no state income tax), low public spending and regulations that encourage job growth.
It didn't have much of a housing bubble or a housing price bust.
Under Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry, it has placed tight limits on tort lawsuits, and has seen an influx of both corporate headquarters and medical doctors."
Mr. Barone looks ahead to electoral realignment:
"Polidata Inc. projects from the 2009 estimates that the reapportionment following the 2010 Census will produce four new House seats for Texas, one for Florida, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, and none for California for the first time since 1850.
Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois are projected to lose one each, and Ohio two.
Americans have been moving, even in recession, away from Democratic strongholds and toward Republican turf."
Let me translate this: Texas will have 4 more electoral votes in 2012!
The main answer for the rise of Texas, as well as much of the conservative South, is taxes, low taxes that is!
In a prior post, we discussed the success of Texas: Texas vs California again!
Texas and California are quite a contrast in policy and a bigger contrast in results! Texas is growing and California sadly is not!
P.S. The Wash Post has an interesting analysis of the census. Click and you will see a US map with Texas picking up 4 seats after 2010:
"According to Polidata projections (the best in the business), eight states are positioned to gain one or more seats in the remapping and 10 states are slated to lose a seat or more."